2 Corinthians 3:5
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New International Version
Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.

New Living Translation
It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.

English Standard Version
Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,

New American Standard Bible
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,

King James Bible
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is not that we are competent in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence is from God.

International Standard Version
By ourselves we are not qualified to claim that anything comes from us. Rather, our credentials come from God,

NET Bible
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Not that we are sufficient to think anything as from ourselves, but our power is from God,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
By ourselves we are not qualified in any way to claim that we can do anything. Rather, God makes us qualified.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God,

King James 2000 Bible
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

American King James Version
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

American Standard Version
not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not that we are sufficient to think any thing of ourselves, as of ourselves: but our sufficiency is from God.

Darby Bible Translation
not that we are competent of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our competency [is] of God;

English Revised Version
not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;

Webster's Bible Translation
Not that we are sufficient by ourselves to think any thing as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;

Weymouth New Testament
not that of ourselves we are competent to decide anything by our own reasonings, but our competency comes from God.

World English Bible
not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;

Young's Literal Translation
not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything, as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God,
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 5. - Not that we are sufficient of ourselves. He here reverts to the question asked in 2 Corinthians 2:16. He cannot bear the implication that any "confidence" on his part rests on anything short of the overwhelming sense that he is but an agent, or rather nothing but an instrument, in the hands of God. To think anything as of ourselves. He has, indeed, the capacity to form adequate judgments about his work, but it does not come from his own resources (ἀφ ἑαυτῶν) or his own independent origination (ἐξ ἑαυτῶν); comp. 1 Corinthians 15:10. But our sufficiency. Namely, to form any true or right judgment, and therefore to express the confidence which I have expressed. Is of God. We are but fellow workers with him (1 Corinthians 3:19).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves,.... Though we are sufficient for this work to which God has called us, and have such trust and confidence that he has blessed and owned us, and done such great things by us; yet we do not ascribe anything to ourselves, to any power of ours, to any self-sufficiency in us: for "we are not sufficient of ourselves" neither for the work of the ministry, nor for the conversion of sinners, nor for faith and hope in God, nor for any spiritual work whatever; not even to think anything as of ourselves; any good thing, either for our own use and benefit, or for the advantage of others; we are not able of ourselves to meditate with judgment and affection upon the word of God, to study the Scriptures, to collect from them things fit for the ministry; and much less with freedom and boldness to speak of them to edification; and still less able to impress them upon the heart: for though you who are the epistle of Christ are ministered by us, yet not by any power and self-sufficiency of ours;

but our sufficiency is of God; to think, to speak, and to act for his glory.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. The Greek is, "Not that we are (even yet after so long experience as ministers) sufficient to think anything OF ourselves as (coming) FROM ourselves; but our sufficiency is (derived) FROM God." "From" more definitely refers to the source out of which a thing comes; "of" is more general.

to think—Greek, to "reason out" or "devise"; to attain to sound preaching by our reasonings [Theodoret]. The "we" refers here to ministers (2Pe 1:21).

anything—even the least. We cannot expect too little from man, or too much from God.

2 Corinthians 3:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Ministers of a New Covenant
4Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. 5Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, 6who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
Cross References
Genesis 41:16
"I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires."

2 Chronicles 30:12
Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the LORD.

Romans 15:18
I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done--

1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

2 Corinthians 2:16
To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?

2 Timothy 2:2
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
Treasury of Scripture

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

that.

2 Corinthians 2:16 To the one we are the smell of death to death; and to the other the …

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency …

Exodus 4:10 And Moses said to the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither …

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in me, and I in …

but.

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

Exodus 4:11-16 And the LORD said to him, Who has made man's mouth? or who makes …

Jeremiah 1:6-10 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child…

Matthew 10:19,20 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak…

Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries …

Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father on you: but tarry you …

1 Corinthians 3:6,10 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase…

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed …

Philippians 2:13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down …

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