2 Corinthians 3:2
New International Version
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.

New Living Translation
The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you.

English Standard Version
You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.

Berean Study Bible
You yourselves are our letter, inscribed on our hearts, known and read by everyone.

Berean Literal Bible
You are our letter, having been inscribed in our hearts, being known and being read by all men,

King James Bible
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

New King James Version
You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men;

New American Standard Bible
You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all people,

NASB 1995
You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;

NASB 1977
You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;

Amplified Bible
You are our letter [of recommendation], written in our hearts, recognized and read by everyone.

Christian Standard Bible
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, recognized and read by everyone.

American Standard Version
Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But you are our letter written in our heart and known and read by everyone.

Contemporary English Version
But you are our letter, and you are in our hearts for everyone to read and understand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You are our epistle, written in our hearts, which is known and read by all men:

English Revised Version
Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men;

Good News Translation
You yourselves are the letter we have, written on our hearts for everyone to know and read.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You're our letter of recommendation written in our hearts that everyone knows and reads.

International Standard Version
You are our letter, written in our hearts and known and read by everyone.

Literal Standard Version
You are our letter, having been written in our hearts, known and read by all men,

NET Bible
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone,

New Heart English Bible
You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by everyone;

Weymouth New Testament
Our letter of recommendation is yourselves--a letter written on our hearts and everywhere known and read.

World English Bible
You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;

Young's Literal Translation
our letter ye are, having been written in our hearts, known and read by all men,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Ministers of a New Covenant
1Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2You yourselves are our letter, inscribed on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3It is clear that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.…

Cross References
1 Corinthians 9:2
Even if I am not an apostle to others, surely I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

2 Corinthians 3:1
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?


Treasury of Scripture

You are our letter written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

are.

1 Corinthians 3:10
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

1 Corinthians 9:1,2
Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? …

in.

2 Corinthians 7:3
I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.

2 Corinthians 11:11
Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.

2 Corinthians 12:15
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

known.

Romans 1:8
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

1 Corinthians 9:2
If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:8
For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.









(2) Ye are our epistle written in our hearts.--This is an answer. They, the Corinthian converts, are written on his heart. In his thoughts and prayers for them he finds his true commendatory letter, and this a letter which is patent to the eyes of all men. In "known and read" we find the familiar play on the two words, epiginoskein and anaginoskein. (See Note on 2Corinthians 1:13.) All who knew St. Paul could read what was there written.

Verse 2. - Ye are our epistle. Their very existence as a Church was the most absolute "commendatory letter" of St. Paul, both from them and to them (comp. 1 Corinthians 9:2, "The seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord "). Written in our hearts. The expression has no connection with the fact that the high priest bore the names of Israel graven on the jewelled Urim, which he wore upon his breast. St. Paul means that others may bring their "letters of commendation" in their hands. His letter of commendation is the very name and existence of the Church of Corinth written on his heart. Known and read of all men. The metaphor is subordinated to the fact. All men may recognize the autograph, and in it were read the history of the Corinthian converts, which was written on the apostle's heart, and which therefore rendered the notion of any other letter of commendation to or from them superfluous and even absurd. The play on words (epigignosko and anagignosko) is similar to that in 2 Corinthians 1:13.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
You yourselves
ὑμεῖς (hymeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

are
ἐστε (este)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

our
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

letter,
ἐπιστολὴ (epistolē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1992: A letter, dispatch, epistle, message. From epistello; a written message.

inscribed
ἐνγεγραμμένη (engegrammenē)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1449: To write, inscribe. From en and grapho; to 'engrave', i.e. Inscribe.

on
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

our
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

hearts,
καρδίαις (kardiais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's 2588: Prolonged from a primary kar; the heart, i.e. the thoughts or feelings; also the middle.

known
γινωσκομένη (ginōskomenē)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

read
ἀναγινωσκομένη (anaginōskomenē)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 314: To read, know again, know certainly, recognize, discern. From ana and ginosko; to know again, i.e. to read.

by
ὑπὸ (hypo)
Preposition
Strong's 5259: A primary preposition; under, i.e. of place, or with verbs; of place (underneath) or where (below) or time (when).

everyone.
πάντων (pantōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.


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