Glory at the time of Moses (2 Cor. 3:7)

“The ministry of death,

Carved in letters

On stone tablets,

Came in glory,

So that the Israelites

Could not gaze

At Moses’ face

Because of the bright glory

Of his face,

That is now set aside.”

Εἰ δὲ ἡ διακονία τοῦ θανάτου ἐν γράμμασιν ἐντετυπωμένη λίθοις ἐγενήθη ἐν δόξῃ, ὥστε μὴ δύνασθαι ἀτενίσαι τοὺς υἱοὺς Ἰσραὴλ εἰς τὸ πρόσωπον Μωϋσέως διὰ τὴν δόξαν τοῦ προσώπου αὐτοῦ τὴν καταργουμένην,

Paul said that the ministry of death (Εἰ δὲ ἡ διακονία τοῦ θανάτου), carved or engraved in letters on stone tablets (ἐν γράμμασιν ἐντετυπωμένη λίθοις), came in glory (ἐγενήθη ἐν δόξῃ), so that the Israelites could not gaze (ὥστε μὴ δύνασθαι ἀτενίσαι τοὺς υἱοὺς Ἰσραὴλ) at Moses’ face (εἰς τὸ πρόσωπον Μωϋσέως) because of the bright glory of his face (Μωϋσέως διὰ τὴν δόξαν τοῦ προσώπου αὐτοῦ), that is now set aside or fading (τὴν καταργουμένην).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word ἐντετυπωμένη, that means to imprint or to engrave.  Paul referred to Exodus, chapter 34:29-35, where Moses came down from Mount Sinai, but his face was shining, so that the Israelites were afraid of him.  Then Moses put a veil on his face until he went in to speak with Yahweh.  The skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.  When he spoke to Yahweh, he took the veil off, but when he was speaking to the other people, he wore it.  However, the brightness of Moses’ face gradually wore off.  Thus, the ministry of death as in in the stone tablets of Moses came with great glory.  However, they have now been set aside or fading. Does glory fade?

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