2 Corinthians 3:9
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New International Version
If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!

New Living Translation
If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God!

English Standard Version
For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory.

New American Standard Bible
For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory.

King James Bible
For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness overflows with even more glory.

International Standard Version
For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, then the ministry of justification has an overwhelming glory.

NET Bible
For if there was glory in the ministry that produced condemnation, how much more does the ministry that produces righteousness excel in glory!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if the administration of a guilty verdict was certain glory, how much more shall the administration of righteousness superabound in glory?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If the ministry that brings punishment has glory, then the ministry that brings God's approval has an overwhelming glory.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, much more shall the ministry of righteousness abound in glory.

King James 2000 Bible
For if the ministry of condemnation be glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness exceed in glory.

American King James Version
For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more does the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

American Standard Version
For if the ministration of condemnation hath glory, much rather doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more the ministration of justice aboundeth in glory.

Darby Bible Translation
For if the ministry of condemnation [be] glory, much rather the ministry of righteousness abounds in glory.

English Revised Version
For if the ministration of condemnation is glory, much rather doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

Webster's Bible Translation
For if the ministration of condemnation was glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

Weymouth New Testament
For if the service which pronounces doom had glory, far more glorious still is the service which tells of righteousness.

World English Bible
For if the service of condemnation has glory, the service of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

Young's Literal Translation
for if the ministration of the condemnation is glory, much more doth the ministration of the righteousness abound in 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 9. - The ministration of condemnation. The same antithesis between the Law as involving "condemnation" and the gospel as bestowing "righteousness" is found in Romans 5:18, 19. The glory; perhaps, rather, a glory; a stronger way of describing it as "glorious." Of righteousness. Involving the further conception of "justification," as in Romans 5:21; Romans 1:16, 17; Romans 4:25; Romans 5:21.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For if the ministration of condemnation be glory,.... So the Jews call the law, for they say, , "there is no glory but the law" (f); this is another head of opposition or difference between the law and the Gospel, from whence the superior glory of the one to the other is argued. The law is "the ministration of condemnation"; as sin is a transgression of the law, it accuses for it, convinces of it, pronounces guilty, and adjudges to death on account of it; which is the condemnation it ministers; and this it does to all Adam's posterity, and for his sin too; and to all the actual transgressors of it, to all unbelievers, to all that are under it; even to God's elect themselves, as considered in Adam, and in themselves as transgressors; and this it ministers to their consciences when convicted, though it is never executed on them, because of the suretyship engagement and performances of Christ. The Gospel is

the ministration of righteousness; not of a legal one, or a man's own, but of the righteousness of Christ, by which the law is honoured, justice is satisfied, and God's elect justified from all sin and condemnation; this being perfect, pure, and spotless, and for ever: the Gospel is "the ministration" of it, as it is a means of stripping a man of his own righteousness, of revealing Christ's to him, and of working faith in him, and encouraging him to lay hold upon it for himself; and thus it is not to righteous persons, but sinners, to all believers, to all the second Adam's posterity; now as

much more as righteousness exceeds condemnation, and a justified state a condemned one, so "much more" does the Gospel

exceed the law

in glory.

(f) Raya Mehimna in Zohar in Lev. fol. 33. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. ministration of condemnation—the law regarded in the "letter" which "killeth" (2Co 3:6; Ro 7:9-11). The oldest existing manuscript seems to read as English Version. But most of the almost contemporary manuscripts, versions, and Fathers, read, "If to the ministration of condemnation there be glory."

the ministration of righteousness—the Gospel, which especially reveals the righteousness of God (Ro 1:17), and imputes righteousness to men through faith in Christ (Ro 3:21-28; 4:3, 22-25), and imparts righteousness by the Spirit (Ro 8:1-4).

exceed—"abound."

2 Corinthians 3:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Glory of the New Covenant
8how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? 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.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 27:26
"Cursed is anyone who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!"

Romans 1:17
For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed--a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."

Romans 3:21
But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.

2 Corinthians 3:7
Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was,

2 Corinthians 3:8
will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?

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

Hebrews 12:18
You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;
Treasury of Scripture

For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more does the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

the ministration of condemnation. See on ver.

2 Corinthians 3:6,7 Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of …

Exodus 19:12-19 And you shall set bounds to the people round about, saying, Take …

Exodus 20:18,19 And all the people saw the thunder, and the lightning, and the noise …

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness …

Romans 8:3,4 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, …

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

Hebrews 12:18-21 For you are not come to the mount that might be touched, and that …

the ministration of righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might …

Isaiah 46:13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation …

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: …

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: …

Romans 3:21,22 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being …

Romans 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness …

Romans 5:15-21 But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through …

Romans 10:3-10 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to …

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, …

Galatians 5:4,5 Christ is become of no effect to you, whoever of you are justified …

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of …

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ…

exceed.

2 Corinthians 3:10,11 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, …

1 Corinthians 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and …

Hebrews 3:5,6 And Moses truly was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for …

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