CLV(i) 1 Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? Or need we not, even as some, commendatory letters to you or from you? 2 You are our letter, engraven in our hearts, known and read by all men, 3 for you are manifesting a letter of Christ, dispensed by us, and engraven, not with ink, but with the spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets, but on the fleshy tablets of the heart." 4 Now such is the confidence we have through Christ toward God 5 (not that we are competent of ourselves, to reckon anything as of ourselves, but our competency is of God), 6 Who also makes us competent dispensers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the spirit, for the letter is killing, yet the spirit is vivifying." 7 (Now if the dispensation of death, by letters chiseled in stone, came in glory, so that the sons of Israel were not able to look intently into the face of Moses, because of the glory of his face, which was being nullified, 8 how shall not rather the dispensation of the spirit be in glory? 9 For if in the dispensation of condemnation is glory, much rather the dispensation of righteousness is exceeding in glory." 10 For that also which has been glorified has not been glorified in this particular, on account of the glory transcendent." 11 For if that which is being nullified was nullified through glory, much rather that which is remaining, remains in glory." 12 Having, then, such an expectation, we are using much boldness, 13 and are not even as Moses. He placed a covering over his face, so that the sons of Israel were not to look intently to the consummation of that which is being nullified." 14 But their apprehensions were calloused, for until this very day the same covering is remaining at the reading of the old covenant, not being uncovered." 15 for only in Christ is it being nullified. But till today, if ever the reading of Moses should be reached, a covering is lying on their heart." 16 Yet if ever it should reach a turning back to the Lord, the covering is taken from about it.)" 17 Now the Lord is the spirit; yet where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 18 Now we all, with uncovered face, mirroring the Lord's glory, are being transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the spirit."