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2 Corinthians 3:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— *Ye* are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read of all men,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Our letter, ye, are, inscribed in our hearts, noted and read by all men:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— our letter ye are, having been written in our hearts, known and read by all men,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— You are our epistle, written in our hearts, which is known and read by all men:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Ye are our Epistle written in our hearts, knowen and read of all men.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But you yourselves are our epistle, written in our hearts, and known and read of every man.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Ye are our epistle, written on our hearts, and known and read by every man.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Ye 5210
{5210} Prime
ὑμεῖς
humeis
{hoo-mice'}
Irregular plural of G4771; you (as subject of verb).
are 2075
{2075} Prime
ἐστέ
este
{es-teh'}
Second person plural present indicative of G1510; ye are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
our 2257
{2257} Prime
ἡμῶν
hemon
{hay-mone'}
Genitive plural of G1473; of (or from) us.
epistle 1992
{1992} Prime
ἐπιστολή
epistole
{ep-is-tol-ay'}
From G1989; a written message.
written 1449
{1449} Prime
ἐγγράφω
eggrapho
{eng-graf'-o}
From G1722 and G1125; to 'engrave', that is, inscribe.
z5772
<5772> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 463
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
our 2257
{2257} Prime
ἡμῶν
hemon
{hay-mone'}
Genitive plural of G1473; of (or from) us.
hearts, 2588
{2588} Prime
καρδία
kardia
{kar-dee'-ah}
Prolonged from a primary κάρ [[kar]] (Latin cor, 'heart'); the heart, that is, (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy) the middle.
known 1097
{1097} Prime
γινώσκω
ginosko
{ghin-oce'-ko}
A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as shown at left, with others not thus clearly expressed).
z5746
<5746> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 360
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
read 314
{0314} Prime
ἀναγινώσκω
anaginosko
{an-ag-in-oce'-ko}
From G0303 and G1097; to know again, that is, (by extension) to read.
z5746
<5746> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 360
of 5259
{5259} Prime
ὑπό
hupo
{hoop-o'}
A primary preposition; under, that is, (with the genitive) of place (beneath), or with verbs (the agency or means, through); (with the accusative) of place (whither [underneath] or where [below]) or time (when [at]).
all 3956
{3956} Prime
πᾶς
pas
{pas}
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
men: 444
{0444} Prime
ἄνθρωπος
anthropos
{anth'-ro-pos}
From G0435 and ὤψ [[ops]] (the countenance; from G3700); manfaced, that is, a human being.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Corinthians 3:2

_ _ our epistle — of recommendation.

_ _ in our hearts — not letters borne merely in the hands. Your conversion through my instrumentality, and your faith which is “known of all men” by widespread report (1 Corinthians 1:4-7), and which is written by memory and affection on my inmost heart and is borne about wherever I go, is my letter of recommendation (1 Corinthians 9:2).

_ _ known and read — words akin in root, sound, and sense (so 2 Corinthians 1:13). “Ye are known to be my converts by general knowledge: then ye are known more particularly by your reflecting my doctrine in your Christian life.” The handwriting is first “known,” then the Epistle is “read” [Grotius] (2 Corinthians 4:2; 1 Corinthians 14:25). There is not so powerful a sermon in the world, as a consistent Christian life. The eye of the world takes in more than the ear. Christians’ lives are the only religious books the world reads. Ignatius [Epistle to the Ephesians, 10] writes, “Give unbelievers the chance of believing through you. Consider yourselves employed by God; your lives the form of language in which He addresses them. Be mild when they are angry, humble when they are haughty; to their blasphemy oppose prayer without ceasing; to their inconsistency, a steadfast adherence to your faith.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Corinthians 3:1-5.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Corinthians 3:2

Ye are our recommendatory letter — More convincing than bare words could be. Written on our hearts — Deeply engraven there, and plainly legible to all around us.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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are:

1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
1 Corinthians 9:1-2 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? ... If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

in:

2 Corinthians 7:3 I speak not [this] to condemn [you]: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with [you].
2 Corinthians 11:11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.
2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
Philippians 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.

known:

Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
1 Corinthians 9:2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
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