New Living Translation
If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God!
King James Bible
For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
Darby Bible Translation
For if the ministry of condemnation be glory, much rather the ministry of righteousness abounds in glory.
World English Bible
For if the service of condemnation has glory, the service of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.
Young's Literal Translation
for if the ministration of the condemnation is glory, much more doth the ministration of the righteousness abound in glory;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:9 The ministration of condemnation - Such the Mosaic dispensation proved to all the Jews who rejected the gospel whereas through the gospel (hence called the ministration of righteousness) God both imputed and imparted righteousness to all believers. But how can the moral law (which alone was engraven on stone) be the ministration of condemnation, if it requires no more than a sincere obedience, such as is proportioned to our infirm state? If this is sufficient to justify us, then the law ceases to be a ministration of condemnation. It becomes (flatly contrary to the apostle's doctrine) the ministration of righteousness.
LibraryThat the Body and Blood of Christ and the Holy Scriptures are Most Necessary to a Faithful Soul
The Voice of the Disciple O most sweet Lord Jesus, how great is the blessedness of the devout soul that feedeth with Thee in Thy banquet, where there is set before it no other food than Thyself its only Beloved, more to be desired than all the desires of the heart? And to me it would verily be sweet to pour forth my tears in Thy presence from the very bottom of my heart, and with the pious Magdalene to water Thy feet with my tears. But where is this devotion? Where the abundant flowing of holy …
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General Notes by the American Editor
'Cursed is anyone who does not affirm and obey the terms of these instructions.' And all the people will reply, 'Amen.'
This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, "It is through faith that a righteous person has life."
But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago.
2 Corinthians 3:7
The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses' face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away.
2 Corinthians 3:8
Shouldn't we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life?
2 Corinthians 3:10
In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way.
You have not come to a physical mountain, to a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom, and whirlwind, as the Israelites did at Mount Sinai.
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