2 Corinthians 3:1
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New International Version
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?

New Living Translation
Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Are we like others, who need to bring you letters of recommendation, or who ask you to write such letters on their behalf? Surely not!

English Standard Version
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you?

Berean Study Bible
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?

Berean Literal Bible
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or like some, do we need commendatory letters to you or from you?

New American Standard Bible
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you?

King James Bible
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some, letters of recommendation to you or from you?

International Standard Version
Are we beginning to recommend ourselves again? Unlike some people, we do not need letters of recommendation to you or from you, do we?

NET Bible
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? We don't need letters of recommendation to you or from you as some other people do, do we?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do we introduce ourselves again from the beginning to show you what we are, or do we need, as others, letters of commandments to be written to you about us, or for you to write to give decrees concerning us?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do we have to show you our qualifications again? Do we, like some people, need letters that recommend us to you or letters from you that recommend us to others?

New American Standard 1977
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you?

King James 2000 Bible
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

American King James Version
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, letters of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

American Standard Version
Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need (as some do) epistles of commendation to you, or from you?

Darby Bible Translation
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or do we need, as some, commendatory letters to you, or [commendatory] from you?

English Revised Version
Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you?

Webster's Bible Translation
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you.

Weymouth New Testament
Do you say that this is self-recommendation once more? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you or from you?

World English Bible
Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as do some, letters of commendation to you or from you?

Young's Literal Translation
Do we begin again to recommend ourselves, except we need, as some, letters of recommendation unto you, or from you?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:1-11 Even the appearance of self-praise and courting human applause, is painful to the humble and spiritual mind. Nothing is more delightful to faithful ministers, or more to their praise, than the success of their ministry, as shown in the spirits and lives of those among whom they labour. The law of Christ was written in their hearts, and the love of Christ shed abroad there. Nor was it written in tables of stone, as the law of God given to Moses, but on the fleshy (not fleshly, as fleshliness denotes sensuality) tables of the heart, Eze 36:26. Their hearts were humbled and softened to receive this impression, by the new-creating power of the Holy Spirit. He ascribes all the glory to God. And remember, as our whole dependence is upon the Lord, so the whole glory belongs to him alone. The letter killeth: the letter of the law is the ministration of death; and if we rest only in the letter of the gospel, we shall not be the better for so doing: but the Holy Spirit gives life spiritual, and life eternal. The Old Testament dispensation was the ministration of death, but the New Testament of life. The law made known sin, and the wrath and curse of God; it showed us a God above us, and a God against us; but the gospel makes known grace, and Emmanuel, God with us. Therein the righteousness of God by faith is revealed; and this shows us that the just shall live by his faith; this makes known the grace and mercy of God through Jesus Christ, for obtaining the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. The gospel so much exceeds the law in glory, that it eclipses the glory of the legal dispensation. But even the New Testament will be a killing letter, if shown as a mere system or form, and without dependence on God the Holy Spirit, to give it a quickening power.
Study Bible
Ministers of a New Covenant
1Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2You yourselves are our letter, inscribed on our hearts, known and read by everyone.…
Cross References
Acts 18:27
When Apollos resolved to cross over to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. On his arrival, he greatly aided those who by grace had believed.

Romans 16:1
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church in Cenchrea.

1 Corinthians 16:3
Then, on my arrival, I will send letters with those you recommend to carry your gift to Jerusalem.

2 Corinthians 5:12
We are not commending ourselves to you again. Instead, we are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you can answer those who take pride in appearances rather than in the heart.

2 Corinthians 10:12
We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they show their ignorance.

2 Corinthians 10:18
For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

2 Corinthians 12:11
I have become a fool, but you drove me to it. In fact, you should have commended me, since I am in no way inferior to those "super-apostles," even though I am nothing.
Treasury of Scripture

Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, letters of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

begin.

2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of …

2 Corinthians 5:12 For we commend not ourselves again to you, but give you occasion …

2 Corinthians 10:8,12 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the …

2 Corinthians 12:11,19 I am become a fool in glorying; you have compelled me: for I ought …

1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master …

1 Corinthians 4:15 For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have …

1 Corinthians 10:33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, …

epistles.

Acts 18:27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brothers wrote, …

1 Corinthians 16:3 And when I come, whomsoever you shall approve by your letters, them …

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