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2 Corinthians 3:16

    2 Corinthians 3:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But whensoever it shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But when it is turned to the Lord, the veil will be taken away.

    Webster's Revision

    But whensoever it shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

    World English Bible

    But whenever one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But whensoever it shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 3:16

    When it shall turn to the Lord - When the Israelitish nation shall turn to the Lord Jesus, the veil shall be taken away; the true light shall shine; and they shall see all things clearly.

    There is an evident allusion here to the case of Moses, mentioned Exodus 34:34. When he came from the Lord, and spoke to the Israelites, he put the veil over his face; but when he returned to speak with the Lord, then he took off the veil. So, when the Israelitish nation shall return to speak with and pray to the Lord Jesus, the veil of darkness and ignorance shall be taken away from their hearts; but never before that time. The words seem to imply:

    1. That there will be a conversion of the Jews to Christianity; and,

    2. That this conversion will be en masse; that a time will come when the whole nation of the Jews, in every place, shall turn to Christ; and then the Gentiles and Jews make one fold, under one Shepherd and Bishop of all souls.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Corinthians 3:16

    Nevertheless - This is not always to continue. The time is coming when they shall understand their own Scriptures, and see their true beauty.

    When it shall turn to the Lord - When the Jewish people shall be converted. The word "it" here refers undoubtedly to "Israel" in 2 Corinthians 3:13; and the sense is, that their blindness is not always to remain; there is to be a period when they shall turn to God, and shall understand his promises, and become acquainted with the true nature of their own religion. This subject the apostle has discussed at much greater length in the eleventh chapter of the Epistle to the Romans; see the notes on that chapter.

    The vail shall be taken away - They shall then understand the true meaning of the prophecies, and the true nature of their own institutions. They shall see that they refer to the Lord Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, and the true Messiah. The genuine sense of their sacred oracles shall break upon their view with full and irresistible light. There may be an allusion in the language here to the declaration in Isaiah 25:7, "And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations." This verse teaches:

    (1) That the time will come when the Jews shall be converted to Christianity; expressed here by their turning unto the Lord, that is, the Lord Jesus; see the note, Acts 1:24.

    (2) it seems to be implied that their conversion will be a conversion of "the people" at large; a conversion that shall be nearly simultaneous; a conversion "en masse." Such a conversion we have reason to anticipate of the Jewish nation.

    (3) the effect of this will be to make them acquainted with the true sense of their own Scriptures, and the light and beauty of the sayings of their own prophets, Now they are in deep darkness on the sub ject; then they will see how entirely they meet and harmonize in the Lord Jesus.

    (4) the true and only way of having a correct and full meaning of the Bible is by turning unto God. Love to Him, and a disposition to do His will, is the best means of interpreting the Bible.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Corinthians 3:16

    3:16 When it - Their heart. Shall turn to the Lord - To Christ, by living faith. The veil is taken away - That very moment; and they see, with the utmost clearness, how all the types and prophecies of the law are fully accomplished in him.