Moses and the veil (2 Cor. 3:13)

“We are not like Moses,

Who put a veil

Over his face

To keep the Israelites

From gazing

At the end

Of his fading glory.”

καὶ οὐ καθάπερ Μωϋσῆς ἐτίθει κάλυμμα ἐπὶ τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ, πρὸς τὸ μὴ ἀτενίσαι τοὺς υἱοὺς Ἰσραὴλ εἰς τὸ τέλος τοῦ καταργουμένου.

Paul said we are not like Moses (καὶ οὐ καθάπερ Μωϋσῆς), who put a veil (ἐτίθει κάλυμμα) over his face (ἐπὶ τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ) to keep the Israelites from gazing (πρὸς τὸ μὴ ἀτενίσαι τοὺς υἱοὺς Ἰσραὴλ) at the end of his fading glory (εἰς τὸ τέλος τοῦ καταργουμένου).  Only the Pauline letters used this word καθάπερ, that means just as or even as.  Only this Corinthian letter used this word κάλυμμα that means a covering of head and face, or a veil.  Paul spoke about a veil that Moses wore so that the Israelites would not be blinded when they were speaking with him.  Paul was not like Moses, since he did not have a glowing face like Moses.  Thus, he had no need to wear a veil.  Besides, the glory of Moses was fading away.  Does glory always fade?

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