2 Corinthians 3:12
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New International Version
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

New Living Translation
Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold.

English Standard Version
Since we have such a hope, we are very bold,

Berean Study Bible
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness,

New American Standard Bible
Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech,

King James Bible
Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, having such a hope, we use great boldness.

International Standard Version
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we speak very boldly,

NET Bible
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we behave with great boldness,

New Heart English Bible
Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore, because we have this hope, we conduct ourselves publicly all the more.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Since we have confidence [in the new promise], we speak very boldly.

New American Standard 1977
Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Seeing then that we have such hope, we speak with great confidence,

King James 2000 Bible
Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

American King James Version
Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

American Standard Version
Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Having therefore such hope, we use much confidence:

Darby Bible Translation
Having therefore such hope, we use much boldness:

English Revised Version
Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech,

Webster's Bible Translation
Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore, cherishing a hope like this, we speak without reserve, and we do not imitate Moses,

World English Bible
Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech,

Young's Literal Translation
Having, then, such hope, we use much freedom of speech,
Study Bible
The Glory of the New Covenant
11For if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which endures! 12Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at the end of what was fading away.…
Cross References
Acts 4:13
When they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and recognized that they had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:29
And now, Lord, consider their threats, and enable Your servants to speak Your word with complete boldness,

2 Corinthians 3:11
For if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which endures!

2 Corinthians 7:4
Great is my confidence in you; great is my pride in you; I am filled with encouragement; in all our troubles my joy overflows.

Ephesians 6:19
Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, divine utterance may be given me, so that I will boldly make known the mystery of the gospel,

Ephesians 6:20
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it fearlessly, as I should.

Philippians 1:14
And most of the brothers, confident in the Lord by my chains, now dare more greatly to speak the word without fear.

Philippians 1:20
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have complete boldness, so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

1 Thessalonians 2:2
As you are aware, we had already endured suffering and shameful treatment in Philippi. But in the face of strong opposition, we were bold in our God to speak the gospel of God to you.

Philemon 1:8
So although in Christ I am fully confident that I could order you to do what is proper,
Treasury of Scripture

Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

we use.

2 Corinthians 4:2,3,13 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in …

John 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said to him, How long do …

John 16:25,29 These things have I spoken to you in proverbs: but the time comes, …

1 Corinthians 14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, …

Colossians 4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

plainness. or, boldness.

2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of …

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, …

Acts 4:13,29-31 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that …

Acts 9:27,29 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared …

Acts 14:3 Long time therefore stayed they speaking boldly in the Lord, which …

Ephesians 6:19,20 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my …

Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing …

1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, …

1 Timothy 3:13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves …

(12) Seeing then that we have such hope.--The "hope" is in substance the same as the "confidence" of 2Corinthians 3:4; but the intervening thoughts have carried his mind on to the future as well as the present. He has a hope for them and for himself, which is more than a trust in his own sufficiency.

We use great plainness of speech.--The word so rendered expresses strictly the openness which says all, in which there is no reticence or reserve. It stands in contrast with the "corrupting the word" of 2Corinthians 2:17, and answers to the Apostle's claim to have "kept back nothing that was profitable" in Acts 20:20. We, he practically says, need no veil.

Verses 12-18. - The confidence inspired by this ministry and the veil on the hearts of those who will not recognize it. Verse 12. - Such hope. A hope based upon the abiding glory of this gospel covenant. Plainness of speech. The frankness and unreserved fearlessness of our language is justified by the glory of our ministry. It was impossible for Moses to speak with the same bold plainness. Seeing then that we have such hope,.... Having this confidence, and being fully persuaded that God has made us able and sufficient ministers of the Gospel, has called and qualified us for such service; and since we have such a ministry committed to us, which so much exceeds in glory the ministry of Moses, a ministry not of death and condemnation, but of the Spirit and of righteousness; not which is abolished and done away, but which does and will remain, in spite of all the opposition of hell and earth:

we use great plainness of speech; plain and intelligible words, not ambiguous ones: or "boldness"; we are not afraid of men nor devils; we are not terrified by menaces, stripes, imprisonment, and death itself: or "freedom of speech"; we speak out all our mind, which is the mind of Christ; we declare the whole counsel of God, hide and conceal nothing that may be profitable to the churches; we are not to be awed by the terror, or drawn by the flatteries of men to cover the truth; we speak it out plainly, clearly, with all evidence and perspicuity. The apostle from hence passes on to observe another difference between the law and the Gospel, namely, the obscurity of the one, and the clearness of the other. 12. such hope—of the future glory, which shall result from the ministration of the Gospel (2Co 3:8, 9).

plainness of speech—openness; without reserve (2Co 2:17; 4:2).3:12-18 It is the duty of the ministers of the gospel to use great plainness, or clearness, of speech. The Old Testament believers had only cloudy and passing glimpses of that glorious Saviour, and unbelievers looked no further than to the outward institution. But the great precepts of the gospel, believe, love, obey, are truths stated as clearly as possible. And the whole doctrine of Christ crucified, is made as plain as human language can make it. Those who lived under the law, had a veil upon their hearts. This veil is taken away by the doctrines of the Bible about Christ. When any person is converted to God, then the veil of ignorance is taken away. The condition of those who enjoy and believe the gospel is happy, for the heart is set at liberty to run the ways of God's commandments. They have light, and with open face they behold the glory of the Lord. Christians should prize and improve these privileges. We should not rest contented without knowing the transforming power of the gospel, by the working of the Spirit, bringing us to seek to be like the temper and tendency of the glorious gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and into union with Him. We behold Christ, as in the glass of his word; and as the reflection from a mirror causes the face to shine, the faces of Christians shine also.
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