2 Corinthians 3:2
New International Version
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.

New Living Translation
The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you.

English Standard Version
You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.

Berean Study Bible
You yourselves are our letter, inscribed on our hearts, known and read by everyone.

Berean Literal Bible
You are our letter, having been inscribed in our hearts, being known and being read by all men,

New American Standard Bible
You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;

King James Bible
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

Christian Standard Bible
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.

Contemporary English Version
But you are our letter, and you are in our hearts for everyone to read and understand.

Good News Translation
You yourselves are the letter we have, written on our hearts for everyone to know and read.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, recognized and read by everyone.

International Standard Version
You are our letter, written in our hearts and known and read by everyone.

NET Bible
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone,

New Heart English Bible
You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by everyone;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But you are our letter written in our heart and known and read by everyone.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You're our letter of recommendation written in our hearts that everyone knows and reads.

New American Standard 1977
You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

King James 2000 Bible
You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

American King James Version
You are our letter written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

American Standard Version
Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men;

Douay-Rheims Bible
You are our epistle, written in our hearts, which is known and read by all men:

Darby Bible Translation
Ye are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read of all men,

English Revised Version
Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men;

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men:

Weymouth New Testament
Our letter of recommendation is yourselves--a letter written on our hearts and everywhere known and read.

World English Bible
You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;

Young's Literal Translation
our letter ye are, having been written in our hearts, known and read by all men,
Study Bible
Ministers of a New Covenant
1Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2You yourselves are our letter, inscribed on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3It 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.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 9:2
Even if I am not an apostle to others, surely I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

2 Corinthians 3:1
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?

Treasury of Scripture

You are our letter written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

are.

1 Corinthians 3:10
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

1 Corinthians 9:1,2
Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? …

in.

2 Corinthians 7:3
I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.

2 Corinthians 11:11
Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.

2 Corinthians 12:15
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

known.

Romans 1:8
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

1 Corinthians 9:2
If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:8
For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.







Lexicon
You yourselves
ὑμεῖς (hymeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

are
ἐστε (este)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

our
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

letter,
ἐπιστολὴ (epistolē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1992: A letter, dispatch, epistle, message. From epistello; a written message.

inscribed
ἐνγεγραμμένη (engegrammenē)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1449: To write, inscribe. From en and grapho; to 'engrave', i.e. Inscribe.

on
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

our
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

hearts,
καρδίαις (kardiais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2588: Prolonged from a primary kar; the heart, i.e. the thoughts or feelings; also the middle.

known
γινωσκομένη (ginōskomenē)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

read
ἀναγινωσκομένη (anaginōskomenē)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 314: To read, know again, know certainly, recognize, discern. From ana and ginosko; to know again, i.e. to read.

by
ὑπὸ (hypo)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 5259: A primary preposition; under, i.e. of place, or with verbs; of place (underneath) or where (below) or time (when).

everyone.
πάντων (pantōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
(2) Ye are our epistle written in our hearts.--This is an answer. They, the Corinthian converts, are written on his heart. In his thoughts and prayers for them he finds his true commendatory letter, and this a letter which is patent to the eyes of all men. In "known and read" we find the familiar play on the two words, epiginoskein and anaginoskein. (See Note on 2Corinthians 1:13.) All who knew St. Paul could read what was there written.

Verse 2. - Ye are our epistle. Their very existence as a Church was the most absolute "commendatory letter" of St. Paul, both from them and to them (comp. 1 Corinthians 9:2, "The seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord "). Written in our hearts. The expression has no connection with the fact that the high priest bore the names of Israel graven on the jewelled Urim, which he wore upon his breast. St. Paul means that others may bring their "letters of commendation" in their hands. His letter of commendation is the very name and existence of the Church of Corinth written on his heart. Known and read of all men. The metaphor is subordinated to the fact. All men may recognize the autograph, and in it were read the history of the Corinthian converts, which was written on the apostle's heart, and which therefore rendered the notion of any other letter of commendation to or from them superfluous and even absurd. The play on words (epigignosko and anagignosko) is similar to that in 2 Corinthians 1:13. 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.
Jump to Previous
Epistle Everywhere Heart Hearts Letter Open Read Reading Recommendation Writing Written Yourselves
Jump to Next
Epistle Everywhere Heart Hearts Letter Open Read Reading Recommendation Writing Written Yourselves
Links
2 Corinthians 3:2 NIV
2 Corinthians 3:2 NLT
2 Corinthians 3:2 ESV
2 Corinthians 3:2 NASB
2 Corinthians 3:2 KJV

2 Corinthians 3:2 Bible Apps
2 Corinthians 3:2 Biblia Paralela
2 Corinthians 3:2 Chinese Bible
2 Corinthians 3:2 French Bible
2 Corinthians 3:2 German Bible

Alphabetical: all and are by everybody hearts in known letter men on our read written You yourselves

NT Letters: 2 Corinthians 3:2 You are our letter written in our (2 Cor. 2C iiC 2Cor ii cor iicor) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
2 Corinthians 3:1
Top of Page
Top of Page