2 Corinthians 3:13
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English Standard Version
not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end.

King James Bible
And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

American Standard Version
and are not as Moses, who put a veil upon his face, that the children of Israel should not look stedfastly on the end of that which was passing away:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And not as Moses put a veil upon his face, that the children of Israel might not steadfastly look on the face of that which is made void.

English Revised Version
and are not as Moses, who put a veil upon his face, that the children of Israel should not look stedfastly on the end of that which was passing away:

Webster's Bible Translation
And not as Moses, who put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

Weymouth New Testament
who used to throw a veil over his face to hide from the gaze of the children of Israel the passing away of what was but transitory.

2 Corinthians 3:13 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Could not steadfastly look

Rev., should not. See Exodus 34:30-35, where the A.V., by the use of till, gives the wrong impression that Moses wore the veil while speaking to the people, in order to hide the glory of his face. The true sense of the Hebrew is given by the Sept.: "When he ceased speaking he put a veil on his face;" not because the Israelites could not endure the radiance, but that they should not see it fade away. Whenever Moses went into the presence of God he removed the veil, and his face was again illumined, and shone while he delivered God's message to the people. Then, after the delivery of the message, and during his ordinary association with the people, he kept his face covered.

To the end (εἰς τὸ τέλος)

Rev., on the end. The termination.

Of that which is abolished (τοῦ καταργουμένου)

See 2 Corinthians 3:11. The temporarily glorified ministration of Moses. The end of this, which the veil prevented the Israelites from seeing, was the disappearance of the glory - the type of the termination of Moses' ministry. Paul's comparison is between the ministry of Moses, interrupted by intervals of concealment, and the gospel ministry, which is marked by frank and full proclamation. "The opposition is twofold: 1. Between the veiled and the unveiled ministry, as regards the mere fact of concealment in the one case, and openness in the other. 2. Between the ministry which was suspended by the veiling that its end might not be seen, and that which proceeds 'from glory to glory,' having no termination" (Alford). The face of Moses needed a continually renewed illumination: in the face of Christ the glory abides forever.

2 Corinthians 3:13 Parallel Commentaries

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which.

Exodus 34:33-35 And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face...

could not.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory...

to the.

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

Galatians 3:23,24 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up to the faith which should afterwards be revealed...

Ephesians 2:14,15 For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us...

Colossians 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Hebrews 10:1-9 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things...

Cross References
Exodus 34:33
And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face.

Exodus 34:35
the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

Mark 8:25
Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

2 Corinthians 3:7
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,

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