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!

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

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

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;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The ministration of condemnation - The law, which ascertained sin, and condemned it to just punishment.

The ministration of righteousness - The Gospel, the grand business of which was to proclaim the doctrine δικαιοσυνης, of justification; and to show how God could be just and yet the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus.

Exceed in glory - For great, glorious, and awful as the law may be, in its opposition to sin, which is a reproach to man, and a dishonor to God; and in its punishment of sin; yet it must be vastly exceeded by that system which, evidencing an equal abhorrence of sin, finds out a method to forgive it; to take away its guilt from the conscience, and remove all its infection from the soul. That this could be done the law pointed out by its blood of bulls and of goats: but every considerate mind must see that it was impossible for these to take away sin; it is the Gospel that does what the law signified; and forasmuch as the performance of a promise is greater than the promise itself, and the substance of a man is greater than the shadow projected by that substance; so is the Gospel of Jesus Christ greater than the law, with all its promises, types, ceremonies, and shadows.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills...

Exodus 19:12-19 And you shall set bounds to the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that you go not up into the mount...

Exodus 20:18,19 And all the people saw the thunder, and the lightning, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking...

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Romans 8:3,4 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh...

Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written...

Hebrews 12:18-21 For you are not come to the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor to blackness, and darkness, and tempest...

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 be made the righteousness of God in him.

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

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called...

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 3:21,22 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets...

Romans 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised...

Romans 5:15-21 But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God...

Romans 10:3-10 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness...

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

Galatians 5:4,5 Christ is become of no effect to you, whoever of you are justified by the law; you are fallen from grace...

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ...

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


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

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

Hebrews 3:5,6 And Moses truly was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after...

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity Gospel Transcends Law.
Text: 2 Corinthians 3, 4-11. 4 And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God; 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 7 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
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. III

The Letter and the Spirit
(Twelfth Sunday after Trinity.) II COR. iii. 6. God, who hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life. When we look at the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel for to-day one after the other, we do not see, perhaps, what they have to do with each other. But they have to do with each other. They agree with each other. They explain each other. They all three tell us what God is like, and what we are to believe
Charles Kingsley—The Good News of God

Note F. Note from Bengel on Rom. I. 4.
According to the Spirit of Holiness. The word hagios, holy, when God is spoken of, not only denotes the blameless rectitude in action, but the very Godhead, or to speak more properly, the divinity, or excellence of the Divine nature. Hence hagiosune (the word here used) has a kind of middle sense between hagiotes, holiness, and hagiasmos, sanctification. Comp. Heb. xii. 10 (hagiotes or holiness), v. 14 (hagiasmos or sanctification). So that there are, as it were, three degrees: sanctification,
Andrew Murray—Holy in Christ

The Authority and Utility of the Scriptures
2 Tim. iii. 16.--"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." We told you that there was nothing more necessary to know than what our end is, and what the way is that leads to that end. We see the most part of men walking at random,--running an uncertain race,--because they do not propose unto themselves a certain scope to aim at, and whither to direct their whole course. According to men's particular
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

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;

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