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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 2 Corinthians 3:5


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    King James Bible - 2 Corinthians 3:5

    Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

    World English Bible

    not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;

    Douay-Rheims - 2 Corinthians 3:5

    Not that we are sufficient to think any thing of ourselves, as of ourselves: but our sufficiency is from God.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Not that we are sufficient by ourselves to think any thing as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God;

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (5) -
    2Co 2:16; 4:7 Ex 4:10 Joh 15:5

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 3:5

    no que seamos suficientes por nosotros mismos para pensar algo como de nosotros mismos, sino que nuestra suficiencia es de Dios;

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 3:5

    Verse 5. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves] We do not arrogate to ourselves any
    power to enlighten the mind or change the heart, we are only instruments in the hand of God. Nor was it possible for us apostles to think, to invent, such a scheme of salvation as is the Gospel; and if we even had been equal to the invention, how could we have fulfilled such promises as this scheme of salvation abounds with? God alone could fulfill these promises, and he fulfils only those which he makes himself. All these promises have been amen-ratified and fulfilled to you who have believed on Christ Jesus according to our preaching; therefore, ye are God's workmanship and it is only by God's sufficiency that we have been able to do any thing. This I believe to be the apostle's meaning in this place, and that he speaks here merely of the Gospel scheme, and the inability of human wisdom to invent it; and the words logisasqai ti, which we translate to think any thing, signify, properly, to find any thing out by reasoning; and as the Gospel scheme of salvation is the subject in hand, to that subject the words are to be referred and limited. The words, however, contain also a general truth; we can neither think, act, nor be, without God. From him we have received all our powers, whether of body or of mind, and without him we can do nothing. But we may abuse both our power of thinking and acting; for the power to think, and the power to act, are widely different from the act of thinking, and the act of doing. God gives us the power or capacity to think and act, but he neither thinks nor acts for us. It is on this ground that we may abuse our powers, and think evil, and act wickedly; and it is on this ground that we are accountable for our thoughts, words, and deeds.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 5. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves , etc..] Though we are sufficient for this
    work to which God has called us, and have such trust and confidence that he has blessed and owned us, and done such great things by us; yet we do not ascribe anything to ourselves, to any power of ours, to any self-sufficiency in us: for we are not sufficient of ourselves neither for the work of the ministry, nor for the conversion of sinners, nor for faith and hope in God, nor for any spiritual work whatever; not even to think anything as of ourselves; any good thing, either for our own use and benefit, or for the advantage of others; we are not able of ourselves to meditate with judgment and affection upon the word of God, to study the Scriptures, to collect from them things fit for the ministry; and much less with freedom and boldness to speak of them to edification; and still less able to impress them upon the heart: for though you who are the epistle of Christ are ministered by us, yet not by any power and self-sufficiency of ours; but our sufficiency is of God ; to think, to speak, and to act for his glory.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-11 - Even the
    appearance of self-praise and courting human applause, is painful to the humble and spiritual mind. Nothing is more delightful to faithful ministers, or more to their praise, than the success of their ministry, as shown in the spirits and lives of those among whom the labour. The law of Christ was written in their hearts, and the love of Christ shed abroad there. Nor was it written in tables of stone, as the law of God given to Moses, but on the fleshy (not fleshly, a fleshliness denotes sensuality) tables of the heart, Eze 36:26. Their hearts were humbled and softened to receive this impression, by the new-creating power of the Holy Spirit. He ascribes all the glory to God. And remember, as our whole dependence is upon the Lord, so the whole glory belongs to him alone. The letter killeth: the letter of the law is the ministration of death; and if we rest only in the letter of the gospel, we shall not be the better for so doing: but the Holy Spirit gives life spiritual, and life eternal. The Old Testamen dispensation was the ministration of death, but the New Testament of life. The law made known sin, and the wrath and curse of God; it showe us a God above us, and a God against us; but the gospel makes know grace, and Emmanuel, God with us. Therein the righteousness of God by faith is revealed; and this shows us that the just shall live by his faith; this makes known the grace and mercy of God through Jesu Christ, for obtaining the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. The gospel so much exceeds the law in glory, that it eclipses the glory of the legal dispensation. But even the New Testament will be a killin letter, if shown as a mere system or form, and without dependence of God the Holy Spirit, to give it a quickening power.


    Greek Textus Receptus


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    3756 PRT-N οτι 3754 CONJ ικανοι 2425 A-NPM εσμεν 2070 5748 V-PXI-1P αφ 575 PREP εαυτων 1438 F-3GPM λογισασθαι 3049 5664 V-ADN τι 5100 X-ASN ως 5613 ADV εξ 1537 PREP εαυτων 1438 F-3GPM αλλ 235 CONJ η 3588 T-NSF ικανοτης 2426 N-NSF ημων 2257 P-1GP εκ 1537 PREP του 3588 T-GSM θεου 2316 N-GSM

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    3:5 {Of ourselves} (af' heautwn).
    Starting from ourselves (reflexive pronoun). {As from ourselves} (hws ex hautwn). He says it over again with preposition ex (out of). He has no originating power for such confidence. {Sufficiency} (hikanotes). Old word, only here in N.T.


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