2 Corinthians 3:10
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New International Version
For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.

New Living Translation
In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way.

English Standard Version
Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it.

New American Standard Bible
For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it.

King James Bible
For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In fact, what had been glorious is not glorious now by comparison because of the glory that surpasses it.

International Standard Version
In fact, that which once had glory lost its glory, because the other glory surpassed it.

NET Bible
For indeed, what had been glorious now has no glory because of the tremendously greater glory of what replaced it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For that which was glorified was not even glorious by comparison to that excellent glory.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In fact, the ministry that brings punishment lost its glory because of the superior glory of the other ministry.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For even that which was so glorious had no glory in this respect, in comparison with the glory that excels.

King James 2000 Bible
For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excels.

American King James Version
For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excels.

American Standard Version
For verily that which hath been made glorious hath not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasseth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For even that which was glorious in this part was not glorified, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

Darby Bible Translation
For also that [which was] glorified is not glorified in this respect, on account of the surpassing glory.

English Revised Version
For verily that which hath been made glorious hath not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasseth.

Webster's Bible Translation
For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

Weymouth New Testament
For, in fact, that which was once resplendent in glory has no glory at all in this respect, that it pales before the glory which surpasses it.

World English Bible
For most certainly that which has been made glorious has not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasses.

Young's Literal Translation
for also even that which hath been glorious, hath not been glorious -- in this respect, because of the superior glory;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - For. He proceeds to show that the latter ministration was far more superabundant in glory. That which was made glorious, etc. Many various interpretations have been offered of this text. The meaning almost undoubtedly is, "For even that which has been glorified [namely, the Mosaic ministry, as typified by the splendour of his face] has not been glorified in this respect [i.e. in the respect of its relation to another ministry], because of the surpassing glory [of the latter]." In other words, the glory of Mosaism is so completely outdazzled by the splendour of the gospel, that, relatively speaking, it has no glory left; the moon and the stars cease to shine, they "pale their ineffectual fires" when the sun is in the zenith. The phrase, "in this respect," occurs again in 2 Corinthians 9:3 and 1 Peter 4:16.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For even that which was made glorious,.... The apostle grants that there was a glory in the law: it "was made glorious"; it was glorious in the author of it, who is God; it was of his appointing and ordaining, agreeable to his nature, and a declaration of his will; his authority was stamped upon it, and it was written by himself, which cannot be said of any other law whatever; it was glorious in its promulgation, God himself appeared in great glory at the giving of it; Christ was then present; it was ordained by angels, and by them delivered into the hands of Moses, on whose face such a glory was left as could not be steadfastly looked upon; and it was attended with thunderings, lightnings, the sound of a trumpet, &c. it was glorious in the matter of it, it contained great and excellent things; the substance of it is love to God, and to our neighbour; and it was glorious in its properties, being, in its nature and substance, holy, just, good, spiritual, perfect, immutable, and eternal; but yet

had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. There is such an excelling glory in the Gospel, that the other is swallowed up and lost in it; it excels it in those things in which it was so glorious: in the author of it, which, though the same, yet with this difference; the law was given by God as a judge, the Gospel by him as a Father, as the Father of Christ, and of his people in him; the law is the birth of his holiness and righteousness, the Gospel of his wisdom, grace, and love; the law declares his will with respect to duty, the Gospel with respect to salvation; the authority of God is stamped on the law, but the Gospel is the image of Christ; the law was written by the finger of God, but the Gospel was hid in his heart, and came from thence: in the promulgation of it, through the long train of patriarchs and prophets, that went before it to usher it in; it was published by Christ, the Son of God himself, confirmed by the gifts and miracles of the Holy Ghost, and in it is a greater display of the glory of God; it was attended with angels too, and a voice from heaven delightful and not terrible; and there was a glory on Christ's countenance, far exceeding that of Moses's: in the matter of it; which is the love, grace, and mercy of God; the Lord Jesus Christ, in all the glories and fulness of his person and offices; salvation by him, spiritual blessings, exceeding great and precious promises; neither of which are to be observed in the law: the ordinances of it vastly exceed the legal ones; and it has greatly the advantage of it in its effects on the souls of men, when accompanied by the Spirit of God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. For even the ministration of condemnation, the law, 2Co 3:7 (which has been glorified at Sinai in Moses' person), has now (English Version translates less fitly, "was made … had") lost its glory in this respect by reason of the surpassing glory (of the Gospel): as the light of the stars and moon fades in the presence of the sun.

2 Corinthians 3:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Glory of the New Covenant
9For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. 10For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it. 11For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 3:9
If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!

2 Corinthians 3:11
And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
Treasury of Scripture

For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excels.

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Job 25:5 Behold even to the moon, and it shines not; yes, the stars are not …

Isaiah 24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the …

Haggai 2:3,7-9 Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and …

Acts 26:13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the …

Philippians 3:7-8 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ…

2 Peter 1:17 For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came …

Revelation 21:23,24 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine …

Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither …

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