2 Corinthians 3:2
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English Standard Version
You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.

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

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

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;

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men:

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

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Vincent's Word Studies

Our epistle

The figure which follows is freely and somewhat loosely worked out, and presents different faces in rapid succession. The figure itself is that of a commendatory letter representing the Corinthian Church: "Ye are our letter." This figure is carried out in three directions: 1. As related to the apostles' own consciousness. The Corinthian Church is a letter written on the apostles' hearts. Their own consciousness testifies that that Church is the fruit of a divinely accredited, honest, and faithful ministry. 2. As related to the Corinthians themselves. The Church needs no letter to commend the apostles to it. It is its own commendation. As the visible fruit of the apostles' ministry they are a commendatory letter to themselves. If the question arises among them, "Were Paul and his colleagues duly commissioned?" - the answer is, "We ourselves are the proof of it." 3. As related to others outside of the Corinthian Church. The answer to the charge that the Corinthians have been taught by irregular and uncommissioned teachers is the same: "Behold the fruit of their labors in us. We are their commission."

At this point the figure again shifts; the letter being now conceived as written on the Corinthians' hearts, instead of on the hearts of the apostles: written by Christ through the apostles' ministry. This suggests the comparison with the law written on tables of stone, which are used as a figure of the heart, fleshy tables, thus introducing two incongruities, namely, an epistle written on stone, and writing with ink on stone tables.

Written in our hearts

See above. Compare Plato: "I am speaking of an intelligent writing which is graven in the soul of him who has learned, and can defend itself" ("Phaedrus," 276).

2 Corinthians 3:2 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

are.

1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon...

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

in.

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

2 Corinthians 11:11 Why? because I love you not? God knows.

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.

Philippians 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds...

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 to others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of my apostleship are you in the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia...

Cross References
1 Corinthians 9:2
If to others I am not an apostle, at least 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, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you?

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