1 Incipimus iterum nosmetipsos commendare? Aut numquid egemus, sicut quidam, commendaticiis epistulis ad vos aut ex vobis?
2 Epistula nostra vos estis, scripta in cordibus nostris, quae scitur et legitur ab omnibus hominibus;
3 manifestati quoniam epistula estis Christi ministrata a nobis, scripta non atramento sed Spiritu Dei vivi, non in tabulis lapideis sed in tabulis cordis carnalibus.
4 Fiduciam autem talem habemus per Christum ad Deum.
5 Non quod sufficientes simus cogitare aliquid a nobis quasi ex nobis, sed sufficientia nostra ex Deo est,
6 qui et idoneos nos fecit ministros Novi Testamenti, non litterae sed Spiritus: littera enim occidit, Spiritus autem vivificat.
7 Quod si ministratio mortis, litteris deformata in lapidibus, fuit in gloria, ita ut non possent intendere filii Israel in faciem Moysis propter gloriam vultus eius, quae evacuatur,
8 quomodo non magis ministratio Spiritus erit in gloria?
9 Nam si ministerium damnationis gloria est, multo magis abundat ministerium iustitiae in gloria.
10 Nam nec glorificatum est, quod claruit in hac parte, propter excellentem gloriam;
11 si enim, quod evacuatur, per gloriam est, multo magis, quod manet, in gloria est.
12 Habentes igitur talem spem multa fiducia utimur,
13 et non sicut Moyses: ponebat velamen super faciem suam, ut non intenderent filii Israel in finem illius quod evacuatur.
14 Sed obtusi sunt sensus eorum. Usque in hodiernum enim diem idipsum velamen in lectione Veteris Testamenti manet non revelatum, quoniam in Christo evacuatur;
15 sed usque in hodiernum diem, cum legitur Moyses, velamen est positum super cor eorum.
16 Quando autem conversus fuerit ad Dominum, aufertur velamen.
17 Dominus autem Spiritus est; ubi autem Spiritus Domini, ibi libertas.
18 Nos vero omnes revelata facie gloriam Domini speculantes, in eandem imaginem transformamur a claritate in clarita tem tamquam a Domini Spiritu.
King James Version
1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.