1Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some [others], epistles of commendation to you, or [letters] of commendation from you?
2You2f are our Epistle (important or formal letter) written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
3 [Forasmuch as you2f are] manifestly declared to be the Epistle (important or formal letter) of Moshiach [Messiah] ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit [Ruach] of the living God-The Father; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
4And such trust have we through Moshiach [Messiah] to God-The Father-ward (in custody, with a guard; prison):
5Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency [is] of God-The Father;
6Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament (a covenant, ratified in death); not of the letter, but of the Spirit [Ruach]: for the letter kills, but the Spirit [Ruach] gives life.
7But if the ministration (service; ministry) of death, written [and] engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the people of Yisra’el [He Holds Onto The Heal Of God] could not stedfastly behold the face of Moshe [He Who Draws Out Of The Waters] for the glory of his Countenance (Face, appearance; show favor); which [glory] was to be done away:
8How shall not the ministration (service; ministry) of the Spirit [Ruach] be rather glorious?
9For if the ministration (service; ministry) of condemnation [be] glory, much more does the ministration (service; 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 excelleth.
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 Moshe [He Who Draws Out Of The Waters], [which] put a vail over his face, that the people of Yisra’el [He Holds Onto The Heal Of God] could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
14But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament (a covenant, ratified in death); which [vail] is done away in Moshiach [Messiah].
15But even unto this day, when Moshe [He Who Draws Out Of The Waters] is read, the vail is upon their heart.
16Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord - Kurios, the vail shall be taken away.
17Now the Lord - Kurios is that Spirit [Ruach]: and where the Spirit [Ruach] of the Lord - Kurios [is], there [is] liberty.
18But we all, with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord - Kurios, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit [Ruach] of the Lord - Kurios.