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2 Corinthians 3:5-7 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

I don’t mean that we are able to do anything good ourselves. It is God who makes us able to do all that we do. He made us able to be servants of a new agreement from himself to his people. It is not an agreement of written laws, but it is of the Spirit. The written law brings death, but the Spirit gives life.

An Agreement With Greater Glory

The old agreement[a] that brought death, written with words on stone, came with God’s glory. In fact, the face of Moses was so bright with glory (a glory that was ending) that the people of Israel could not continue looking at his face.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 3:7 agreement In verses 7-11 literally, “service” or “ministry.”
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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2 Corinthians 3:5-7 New International Version (NIV)

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

The Greater Glory of the New Covenant

Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was,

New International Version (NIV)

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