The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
[ 1] A RE we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you?
[ 2] Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men;
[ 3] being made manifest that ye are an 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 tables that are hearts of flesh.
[ 4] And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward:
[ 5] not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;
[ 6] who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; 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, 1 and engraven on stones, came with 2 glory, so that the children of Israel could not look stedfastly upon the face of Moses for the glory of his face; which glory was 3 passing away:
[ 8] how shall not rather the ministration of the spirit be with glory?
[ 9] For 4 if the ministration of condemnation hath glory, much rather doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
[ 10] For verily that which hath been made glorious hath not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasseth.
[ 11] For if that which passeth 5 away was with 6 glory, much more that which remaineth is in glory.
[ 12] Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech,
[ 13] and are not as Moses, who put a veil upon his face, that the children of Isreal should not look stedfastly on 7 the end of that which was 8 passing away:
[ 14] but their minds 9 were hardened: for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remaineth, 10 it not being revealed to them that it is done away in Christ.
[ 15] But unto this day, whensoever Moses is read, a veil lieth upon their heart.
[ 16] But whensoever it 11 shall turn to the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
[ 18] But we all, with unveiled face beholding 12 as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.