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2 Corinthians 3:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious,
so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,
2 Corinthians 3:4-6 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) 4 We can say this, because through Christ we feel sure before God.
5 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.
6 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.
2 Corinthians 3:12-18 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) 12 We are so sure of this hope that we can speak very openly.
13 We are not like Moses, who put a covering over his face. He covered his face so that the people of Israel would not see it. The glory was disappearing, and Moses did not want them to see it end.
14 But their minds were closed. And even today, when those people read the writings of the old agreement,
[a] that same covering hides the meaning. That covering has not been removed for them. It is taken away only through Christ.
15 Yes, even today, when they read the Law of Moses, there is a covering over their minds.
16 But when someone changes and follows the Lord, that covering is taken away.
17 The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
18 And our faces are not covered. We all show the Lord’s glory, and we are being changed to be like him. This change in us brings more and more glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.