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Do we , &c. = Are we to begin.
again. He had done so in 1 Corinthians 9:0 .
commend. Greek. sunistano . See on Romans 3:5 .
some. Greek tines. App-124 .
epistles , &c. = commendatory (Greek. sustatikos . Only here) letters. Compare Acts 18:27 .
to. Ge. pros. App-104 ,
from. Greek. ek. App-104 . Question preceded by me.
written . Cr. engrapho. Only here and 2 Corinthians 3:3 .
in. Greek. en , App-104 .
known. Greek ginosko. App-132 .
read. Greek anaginosko. There is a Paronomasia here, App-6 .
of = by. Greek. hupo . App-104 .
men . App-123 .
manifestly declared = manifested. Greek. phaneroo. App-106 .
Christ . App-08 .
ministered . Greek diakaneo. App-190 .
by. Greek. hupo , as in 2 Corinthians 3:2 .
not . Greek. ou . App-105 .
with. No Preposition. Dative case.
ink. Greek. melan. Only here, 2Jn 1:12 . 3 John 1:13 .
Spirit. App-101 .
God. App-98 .
tables of stone = stone tables.
tables . Greek. plax. Only here and Hebrews 9:4 .
fleshy . Greek. sarkinos. This word refers to the substance or material and carries no moral significance. Compare Hebrews 7:16 , where the texts read as here.
trust = confidence. Greek. pepoithesis . App-130 .,
through . Greek. dia. App-104 .
Christ = the Christ.
to God-ward = toward (Greek. pros. App-104 .)
of = from. Greek. apo. App-104 .
think = reckon. Greek logizomai. See the frequent occurance in Romans 4:0 , count, reckon, &c.
any thing . Greek. tis . App-123 .,
of. Greek. ek . App-101 .
sufficiency . Greek. hikanotes. Only here.
of . Greek. ek , as above.
also. Road after "ministers".
hath made us able = enabled us, or made us efficient as. Greek. hikanoo. Only here and Colossians 1:12 .
ministers. Greek. diakonos . App-190 .
the = a.
new. Greek. kainos . See Matthew 9:17 .
testament = covenant. Greek. diatheke. See Matthew 26:28 . This is the covenant of Jeremiah 31:31 . Compare Hebrews 8:6-58.8.13 .
letter. Greek. gramma. This is the Sinaitic covenant, called "theministration of death" in 2 Corinthians 3:7 .
spirit . The old covenant could not give life. It was like a dead body, for lack of the spirit (James 2:26 ). Compare John 6:63 . Christ is the Spirit of the new covenant. See 2 Corinthians 3:17 ,
giveth life = quickeneth. Greek. zoopoieo. See Romans 8:11 and 1 Corinthians 15:45 .
if . App-118 .2, a.
ministration . Greek. diakonia. App-190 .
written = in (Greek. en . App-104 .) letters. See 2 Corinthians 3:6 .
engraven. Greek. entupoo. Only here.
was = came to be.
glorious = in (Greek. en) glory.
children = sons. Greek. huios . App-108 .
not. Greek. me . App-106 .
stedfastly behold gaze upon. Greek. atenizo. App-133 . Followed by the Greek eis ( App-104 .)
Moses . Occurs three times in this Epistle, here, on 2Co 13:15 .
for = on amount of. Greek. dia. App-104 . 2 Corinthians 3:2 .
to be done away = being done away. Greek. katargeo. See Romans 3:3 .
not. Greek. ouchi. App-105 .
condemnation. Greek. katakrisis. Only here and 2 Corinthians 7:3 . See App-122 .
righteousness . Gs. dikaiosune. App-191 .
made glorious = glorified. Greek. doxazo. See p. 1511.
had no glory = was not glorified, as above.
excelleth . Greek. huperballo. Occurs here, 2 Corinthians 9:14 , Ephesians 1:19 ; Ephesians 2:7 ; Ephesians 3:19 .
glorious = through (Greek. dia. App-104 . 2 Corinthians 3:1 ) glory.
remaineth . Greek. meno. See p. 1511.
glorious = in (Greek. en) glory.
Seeing . . . have = Having then.
use. Greek chraomai. See Acts 27:3 ,
great = much.
plainness of speech = outspokenness. Greek. parrhesia . Often translated boldly, or freely.
vail. Greek kalununa. Only here and in verses: 2Co 3:14 , 2 Corinthians 3:15 , 2 Corinthians 3:16 .
over = upon. Greek. epi. App-104 . See Exodus 34:33 .
that , &c. = with a view to (Greek. pros . App-104 .) the children of Israel's not gazing to the end.
to. Greek. eis. App-104 .
abolished = being done away, as in 2 Corinthians 3:7 .
minds = thoughts. Greek. noema. See 2 Corinthians 2:11 .
blinded = hardened. Greek. poroo. Sea Romans 11:7 , Romans 11:26 (poroeis).
this day = to-day. Greek. semeron.
untaken away = not (Greek. me . App-105 ) unveiled, or revealed (Greek. anakalupto , unveil, only here and 2 Corinthians 3:18 ). This should follow "old testament". It means, "it being not revealed that it is done away" (Revised Version m.)
in . Greek. epi. App-104 .
reading. Greek. anagnosis . See Acts 13:15 .
old testament = old covenant. The only place where the term is used. The usual designation is "the law", or "Moses" (2 Corinthians 3:15 ).
which vail = that (Greek. hoti) it.
when. Greek. henika. Only here and 2 Corinthians 3:16 .
is = lieth.
upon . Greek. epi. App-104 .
it. i.e. the heart of Israel.
turn. Greek. epistrepho. Often translated "return", or be converted". See Matthew 13:15 .John 12:40 . Acts 3:19 ; Acts 28:27 .
Lord. App-98 .
taken away. Greek periaireo. See Acts 27:20 .
Lord . App-98 .
that = the.
Spirit. App-101 . Compare 2 Corinthians 3:6 .
open = unveiled. See 2 Corinthians 3:14 . Here is the contrast. Moses alone beheld and reflected the Shekinah glory, we all behold and reflect the Lord's glory.
beholding . . . glass = reflecting, as Revised Version. Greek. katoptrizo. Only here.
changed = transformed. Greek. metamorphoomai. See Mark 9:2 .
image . Greek. eiken. Compare Romans 8:29 . Co 2 Corinthians 1:3 , 2 Corinthians 1:10 . . Greek. apo . App-104 .
by = from, Greek. apo .
the Spirit of the Lord = the Lord the Spirit. The word "Spirit" is in the Genitive of Apposition. App-17 . See 2 Corinthians 3:6 .
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