2 Corinthians 3:16
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New International Version
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

New Living Translation
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

English Standard Version
But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

New American Standard Bible
but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

King James Bible
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

International Standard Version
But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

NET Bible
but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And whenever anyone of them will be turned to THE LORD JEHOVAH, the veil is taken away from him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nevertheless when they convert to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.)

King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless when one shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.

American King James Version
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.

American Standard Version
But whensoever it shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But when they shall be converted to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.

Darby Bible Translation
But when it shall turn to [the] Lord, the veil is taken away.)

English Revised Version
But whensoever it shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Webster's Bible Translation
Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

Weymouth New Testament
But whenever the heart of the nation shall have returned to the Lord, the veil will be withdrawn.

World English Bible
But whenever one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Young's Literal Translation
and whenever they may turn unto the Lord, the vail is taken away.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - When it shall turn to the Lord. The nominative of the verb is not expressed. Obviously the most natural word to supply is the one last alluded to, namely, "the heart of Israel." The verb may have been suggested by Exodus 34:31. Shall be taken away; literally, is in course of removal. The tenses imply that "the moment the heart of Israel shall have turned to the Lord, the removal of the veil begins." Then "they shall look on him whom they pierced" (Zechariah 12:10); "He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations" (Isaiah 25:7).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord,.... The heart, upon which the veil now is; or the body of the Jewish nation, as in the latter day; when they "shall turn", or "be turned", by the Spirit, power, and grace of God, to the Lord Jesus Christ, and look upon him whom they have pierced, and mourn, and embrace him as the true Messiah and only Saviour:

the veil shall be taken away; the veil of blindness and ignorance, respecting themselves, case, state, and condition, and the way of salvation by Christ; the veil of unbelief, with regard to his person, offices, and grace, and of error in points of the greatest moment and importance; then all the darkness and obscurity that is upon the books of Moses and the prophets, and which is now upon their hearts in reading them, will be gone. The prophecies of the Old Testament will be seen in their proper light, and to be evidently fulfilled in Christ; the true nature, use, and end of the law, will be discovered; and both they and that will be freed from all darkness that now attends them. The Jews themselves acknowledge, that though the law is light, yet there is an obscurity in it, by reason of the several ways of interpreting it; and therefore,

"he that studies in it, has need to remove, , "veil after veil", which is upon the face of it, in order to come at the light of it (g):''

and intimate, that the veil on Moses's face was an emblem of this obscurity, which agrees with what the apostle hints in this context; and also own, that there is now upon them a veil of ignorance; and, say they (h), God has promised to remove, , perhaps it should be "the veil of folly off of our understanding", referring, as is thought, to Isaiah 25:7.

(g) R. Abraham Seba in Tzeror Hammor, fol. 90. 2.((h) Chobat Halebabot, par. 1. c. 3. apud L. Capell. in loc.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Moses took off the veil on entering into the presence of the Lord. So as to the Israelites whom Moses represents, "whensoever their heart (it) turns (not as English Version, 'shall turn') to the Lord, the veil is (by the very fact; not as English Version, 'shall be') taken away." Ex 34:34 is the allusion; not Ex 34:30, 31, as Alford thinks. Whenever the Israelites turn to the Lord, who is the Spirit of the law, the veil is taken off their hearts in the presence of the Lord: as the literal veil was taken off by Moses in going before God: no longer resting on the dead letter, the veil, they by the Spirit commune with God and with the inner spirit of the Mosaic covenant (which answers to the glory of Moses' face unveiled in God's presence).

2 Corinthians 3:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Glory of the New Covenant
15But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; 16but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.…
Cross References
Exodus 34:34
But whenever he entered the LORD's presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded,

Isaiah 25:7
On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations;

Romans 11:23
And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

2 Corinthians 3:15
Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
Treasury of Scripture

Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.

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Exodus 34:34 But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took …

Deuteronomy 4:30 When you are in tribulation, and all these things are come on you, …

Deuteronomy 30:10 If you shall listen to the voice of the LORD your God…

Lamentations 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

Hosea 3:4,5 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, …

Romans 11:25-27 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, …

the vail.

Isaiah 25:7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast …

Isaiah 29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the …

Isaiah 54:13 And all your children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall …

Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man …

John 6:45,46 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. …

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