2 Corinthians 3:7
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English Standard Version
Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end,

King James Bible
But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

American Standard Version
But if the ministration of death, written, and engraven on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look stedfastly upon the face of Moses for the glory of his face; which glory was passing away:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now if the ministration of death, engraven with letters upon stones, was glorious; so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses, for the glory of his countenance, which is made void:

English Revised Version
But if the ministration of death, written, and engraven on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look stedfastly upon the face of Moses for the glory of his face; which glory was passing away:

Webster's Bible Translation
But if the ministration of death, written and engraven on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away;

Weymouth New Testament
If, however, the service that proclaims death--its code being engraved in writing upon stones--came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily on the face of Moses because of the brightness of his face--a vanishing brightness;

2 Corinthians 3:7 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

The ministration of death (ἡ διακονία τοῦ θανάτου)

Because it is the ministry of the letter which killeth. The law meant death to the sinner.

Written and engraven in stones (ἐν γράμμασιν ἐντετυπωμένη λίθοις)

Lit., engraven on stones by means of letters. The use of these words to describe a ministration is peculiar. The ministration of death (see above) is that of Moses, and does not apply to his entire career as Israel's lawgiver, but to his particular ministry in receiving on Sinai and transmitting to the people the law of God. The ministration may be said to have been graven on stones, since the whole purport of that economy which he represented was contained in the tables, and he was its minister in being the agent through whom God delivered it to the people.

Was glorious (ἐγενήθη ἐν δόξῃ)

A very inadequate translation. Ἑγενήθη means came to pass or took place, not simply was. A glory passed from God to Moses, so that his face became shining. It is much more graphic and truthful to render ἐν δόξῃ literally, in or with glory, than to convert the two words into a single adjective, glorious. Rev., much better, came with glory.

Steadfastly behold (ἀτενίσαι)

See on Luke 4:20.

Passing away (καταργουμένην)

Lit., being done away or brought to nought. See on Luke 13:7; see on Romans 3:3.

2 Corinthians 3:7 Parallel Commentaries

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the ministration. See on ver.

2 Corinthians 3:6,9 Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills...

Romans 7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be to death.

written.

2 Corinthians 3:3 For as much as you are manifestly declared to be the letter of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink...

Exodus 24:12 And the LORD said to Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give you tables of stone, and a law...

Exodus 31:18 And he gave to Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him on mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone...

Exodus 32:15,16,19 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand...

Exodus 34:1,28 And the LORD said to Moses, Hew you two tables of stone like to the first...

Deuteronomy 4:13 And he declared to you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments...

Deuteronomy 5:22 These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly in the mount out of the middle of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness...

Deuteronomy 9:9-11,15 When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you...

Deuteronomy 10:1-4 At that time the LORD said to me, Hew you two tables of stone like to the first, and come up to me into the mount...

Hebrews 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna...

was.

Deuteronomy 4:8 And what nation is there so great, that has statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

Nehemiah 9:13 You came down also on mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, and gave them right judgments, and true laws...

Psalm 19:7,8 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple...

Psalm 119:97,127,128,174 O how I love your law! it is my meditation all the day...

Romans 7:12-14,22 Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good...

Genesis 3:21 To Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

that.

Exodus 34:29-35 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand...

Luke 9:29-31 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering...

Acts 6:15 And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

which.

2 Corinthians 3:10,11,14 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excels...

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.

1 Corinthians 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

Cross References
Exodus 24:12
The LORD said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction."

Exodus 31:18
And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.

Exodus 32:15
Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand, tablets that were written on both sides; on the front and on the back they were written.

Exodus 34:29
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.

Exodus 34:30
Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.

Romans 4:15
For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

Romans 5:20
Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

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