1Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
2You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
3Since you 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 fleshly tables of the heart.
4And such trust have we through Christ toward God:
5Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6Who also has made us able ministers of the new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.
7But if the ministry of death, written and engraved in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
8How shall not the ministry of the Spirit be more glorious?
9For if the ministry of condemnation be glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness exceed in glory.
10For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excels.
11For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remains is glorious.
12Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
13And not as Moses, who put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly see the end of that which is abolished:
14But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same veil not taken away in the reading of the old covenant; which veil is done away in Christ.
15But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their hearts.
16Nevertheless when one shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.
17Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.