New American Standard Bible
For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it.
King James Bible
For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
Darby Bible Translation
For also that which was glorified is not glorified in this respect, on account of the surpassing glory.
World English Bible
For most certainly that which has been made glorious has not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasses.
Young's Literal Translation
for also even that which hath been glorious, hath not been glorious -- in this respect, because of the superior glory;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For even that which was made glorious - (τὸ δεδοξασμένον to dedoxasmenon). That was splendid, excellent, or glorious. This refers doubtless, to the laws and institutions of Moses, especially to the primary giving of the Law. Paul does not deny that it had an honor and majesty such, in some respects, as the Jews claimed for it. It was glorious in the manner in which it was given; it was glorious in the purity of the Law itself; and it was glorious, or splendid in the magnificent and imposing ritual in which the worship of God was celebrated. But all this was surpassed in the brighter glory of the gospel.
Had no glory - Greek: "Was not glorious, or splendid" (οὐδὲ δεδόξασται oude deoxastai. It had comparatively no glory or splendor. Its glory was all eclipsed. It was like the splendor of the moon and stars compared with the bright light of the sun.
By reason of the glory that excelleth - In the gospel; in the incarnation, life, sufferings, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus; in the pardon of sin; in the peace and joy of the believer; and in the glories of the heavenly world to which the gospel elevates dying men.
Liberty is the heirloom of all the sons and daughters of Adam. But where do you find liberty unaccompanied by religion? True it is that all men have a right to liberty, but it is equally true that you do not meet it in any country save where you find the Spirit of the Lord. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Thank God, this is a free country. This is a land where I can breathe the air and say it is untainted by the groan of a single slave; my lungs receive it, and I know there has …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855
How to Become Like Christ.
The Two Covenants: the Transition
The Image of God in Man.
2 Corinthians 3:9
For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory.
2 Corinthians 3:11
For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.
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