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[1] Are we starting to recommend ourselves again?

Or do we need, like some men,
Letters of recommendation to you or from you?

[2] You yourselves are our letter,
Inscribed on our hearts
And known and being read by all mankind.

[3] For you are shown to be a letter of Christ
Written by us as ministers,
Inscribed not with ink but with the spirit of a living God,
Not on stone tablets but on fleshly tablets, on hearts.

[4] We have this sort of confidence toward God
Through the Christ.

[5] Not that we of ourselves are adequately qualified
To consider that anything comes from us,
But our being adequately qualified comes from God,

[6] Who has indeed adequately qualified us
To be ministers of a new covenant,
Not of a written code, but of spirit;
For the written code condemns to death,
But the spirit makes alive.

- 2 Corinthians 3:1-6