2 Corinthians 3:5
Strong's Lexicon
Not
οὐχ (ouch)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

we are
ἐσμεν (esmen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st 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.

competent
ἱκανοί (hikanoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2425: From hiko; competent, i.e. Ample or fit.

in
ἀφ’ (aph’)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, in various senses.

ourselves
ἑαυτῶν (heautōn)
Reflexive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

to claim that
λογίσασθαί (logisasthai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Middle
Strong's Greek 3049: To reckon, count, charge with; reason, decide, conclude; think, suppose.

anything
τι (ti)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

[comes]
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

from
ἐξ (ex)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

us,
ἑαυτῶν (heautōn)
Reflexive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

but
ἀλλ’ (all’)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

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.

competence
ἱκανότης (hikanotēs)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2426: Sufficiency, ability, power, fitness. From hikanos; ability.

[comes] from
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

God.
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

Parallel Strong's
Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is not that we are competent in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence is from God.

New American Standard Bible
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as [coming] from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,

King James Bible
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency [is] of God;
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.

New Living Translation
It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.

English Standard Version
Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,

New American Standard Bible
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,

King James Bible
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is not that we are competent in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence is from God.

International Standard Version
By ourselves we are not qualified to claim that anything comes from us. Rather, our credentials come from God,

NET Bible
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,

American Standard Version
not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;

English Revised Version
not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;

Young's Literal Translation
not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything, as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God,






Cross References
Genesis 41:16
And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

2 Chronicles 30:12
Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the LORD.

Romans 15:18
For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,

1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

2 Corinthians 2:16
To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

2 Timothy 2:2
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

2 Corinthians 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:

2 Corinthians 3:4
And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

2 Corinthians 3:3
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

2 Corinthians 3:2
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

2 Corinthians 3:6
Who also 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.
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