2 Corinthians 3:6
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New International Version
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

New Living Translation
He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.

English Standard Version
who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Berean Study Bible
And He has qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Berean Literal Bible
who also has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

New American Standard Bible
who 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.

King James Bible
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit produces life.

International Standard Version
who has also qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant, which is not written but spiritual, because the written text brings death, but the Spirit gives life.

NET Bible
who made us adequate to be servants of a new covenant not based on the letter but on the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He who made us worthy to be Ministers of The New Covenant, not in The Scripture, but in The Spirit, for The Scripture kills, but The Spirit gives life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He has also qualified us to be ministers of a new promise, a spiritual promise, not a written one. Clearly, what was written brings death, but the Spirit brings life.

New American Standard 1977
who 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who also has made us able ministers of the new testament, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

King James 2000 Bible
Who also has made us able ministers of the new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.

American King James Version
Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.

American Standard Version
who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who also hath made us fit ministers of the new testament, not in the letter, but in the spirit. For the letter killeth, but the spirit quickeneth.

Darby Bible Translation
who has also made us competent, [as] ministers of [the] new covenant; not of letter, but of spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit quickens.

English Revised Version
who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

Weymouth New Testament
It is He also who has made us competent to serve Him in connexion with a new Covenant, which is not a written code but a Spirit; for the written code inflicts death, but the Spirit gives Life.

World English Bible
who also made us sufficient as servants of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Young's Literal Translation
who also made us sufficient to be ministrants of a new covenant, not of letter, but of spirit; for the letter doth kill, and the spirit doth make alive.
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
5Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim that anything comes from us, but our competence comes from God. 6And He has qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 7Now if the ministry of death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at the face of Moses because of its fleeting glory,…
Cross References
Jeremiah 31:31
"Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,

Luke 22:20
In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you.

John 6:63
The Spirit gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.

Romans 2:29
No, a man is a Jew because he is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man's praise does not come from men, but from God.

Romans 7:6
But now, having died to what bound us, we have been released from the Law, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

1 Corinthians 3:5
What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, as the Lord has assigned to each his role.

1 Corinthians 11:25
In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

2 Corinthians 3:3
It is clear that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

2 Corinthians 3:14
But their minds were closed. For to this day, the same veil remains at the reading of the old covenant. It has not been lifted, because only in Christ can it be removed.

2 Corinthians 11:23
Are they servants of Christ? I am speaking like I am out of my mind, but I am so much more: in harder labor, in more imprisonments, in worse beatings, in frequent danger of death.
Treasury of Scripture

Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.

hath.

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus …

Matthew 13:52 Then said he to them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed …

Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to …

1 Corinthians 3:5,10 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, …

1 Corinthians 12:28 And God has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, …

Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace …

Ephesians 4:11,12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; …

Colossians 1:25-29 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God …

1 Timothy 1:11,12 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed …

1 Timothy 4:6 If you put the brothers in remembrance of these things, you shall …

2 Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher …

the new.

2 Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same …

Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will make a new covenant …

Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many …

Mark 14:24 And he said to them, This is my blood of the new testament, which …

Luke 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament …

1 Corinthians 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, …

Hebrews 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

Hebrews 8:6-10 But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also …

Hebrews 9:15-20 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that …

Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of …

Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, …

not.

Romans 2:27-29 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfill the …

Romans 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we …

for.

2 Corinthians 3:7,9 But if the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones, …

Deuteronomy 27:26 Cursed be he that confirms not all the words of this law to do them. …

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified …

Romans 4:15 Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Romans 7:9-11 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, …

Galatians 3:10-12,21 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for …

but the.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that vivifies; the flesh profits nothing: the words …

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free …

1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we …

giveth life. or, quickeneth.

John 5:21 For as the Father raises up the dead, and vivifies them; even so …

Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations,) before …

1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; …

Ephesians 2:1,5 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, …

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