New International Version
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
King James Bible
Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
Darby Bible Translation
Having therefore such hope, we use much boldness:
World English Bible
Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech,
Young's Literal Translation
Having, then, such hope, we use much freedom of speech,
2 Corinthians 3:12 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Seeing - we have such hope - Such glorious prospects as those blessings which the Gospel sets before us, producing such confidence, as the fulfillment of so many promises has already done, that God will still continue to work for us and by us;
We use great plainness of speech - Πολλῃ παρῥησιᾳ χρωμεθα· We speak not only with all confidence, but with all imaginable plainness; keeping back nothing; disguising nothing; concealing nothing: and here we differ greatly from the Jewish doctors, and from the Gentile philosophers, who affect obscurity, and endeavor, by figures, metaphors, and allegories, to hide every thing from the vulgar. But we wish that all may hear; and we speak so that all may understand.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
plainness. or, boldness.
LibraryTwelfth Sunday after Trinity Gospel Transcends Law.
Text: 2 Corinthians 3, 4-11. 4 And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God; 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 7 But if the ministration of death, written, and engraven on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look stedfastly upon …
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. III
The Letter and the Spirit
Note F. Note from Bengel on Rom. I. 4.
The Authority and Utility of the Scriptures
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
2 Corinthians 3:11
And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
2 Corinthians 7:4
I have spoken to you with great frankness; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.
Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
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