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2 Corinthians 3

Lest their false teachers should charge him with vain glory, he sheweth the faith and graces of the Corinthians to be a sufficient commendation of his ministry.

2 Corinthians 3:1 Do we begyn to prayse our selues agayne? Or neede we [as some other] of epistles of recomendation vnto you? or [letters] of recommendation from you? 2 Corinthians 3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our heartes, whiche is vnderstande and read of all men: 2 Corinthians 3:3 Forasmuche as ye declare that ye are the epistle of Christ ministred by vs, and written, not with ynke, but with the spirite of the lyuyng God, not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart. 2 Corinthians 3:4 Such trust haue we through Christe to Godwarde. 2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficiet of our selues to thynke any thyng as of our selues: but our ablenesse is of God,

Whereupon entering a comparison between the ministers of the Law and of the Gospel,

2 Corinthians 3:6 Which hath made vs able ministers of the newe testament, not of the letter, but of the spirite: For the letter kylleth, but the spirite geueth lyfe. 2 Corinthians 3:7 Yf the ministration of death, through the letters figured in stones, was in glorie, so that the chyldren of Israel coulde not beholde the face of Moyses, for the glorie of his countenaunce, whiche [glorie] is done away: 2 Corinthians 3:8 Howe shall not the ministration of the spirite be much more in glorie? 2 Corinthians 3:9 For yf the ministration of condempnation be glorie: much more doth the ministration of ryghteousnes exceede in glorie. 2 Corinthians 3:10 For euen that which was glorified, is not glorified in respect of this exceedyng glorie. 2 Corinthians 3:11 For yf that whiche is destroyed was glorious, much more that which remayneth is glorious.

he proveth that his ministry is so far the more excellent, as the gospel of life and liberty is more glorious than the law of condemnation.

2 Corinthians 3:12 Seyng then that we haue such truste, we vse great boldnesse: 2 Corinthians 3:13 And not as Moyses, which put a vayle ouer his face, that the chyldren of Israel shoulde not see for what purpose that serued which is put away. 2 Corinthians 3:14 But their myndes were blynded: For vntyll this day remayneth the same coueryng vntaken away in the reading of the olde testament, which [vayle] is put away in Christe. 2 Corinthians 3:15 But euen vnto this day when Moyses is read, the vayle is layde vppon their heart. 2 Corinthians 3:16 Neuerthelesse, when it shall turne to the Lorde, the vayle shalbe taken away. 2 Corinthians 3:17 The Lorde is a spirite: And where the spirite of the Lorde [is] there [is] libertie. 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all behold [as] in a mirrour, the glorie of the Lorde, with his face open, and are chaunged vnto the same similitude, from glorie to glorie, euen as of the spirite of the Lorde.

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