4Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.5Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God,6who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not in a written code but in the Spirit; for the written code kills, but the Spirit gives life.7Now if the dispensation of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such splendor that the Israelites could not look at Moses' face because of its brightness, fading as this was,8will not the dispensation of the Spirit be attended with greater splendor?9For if there was splendor in the dispensation of condemnation, the dispensation of righteousness must far exceed it in splendor.10Indeed, in this case, what once had splendor has come to have no splendor at all, because of the splendor that surpasses it.11For if what faded away came with splendor, what is permanent must have much more splendor.
5Extol the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!6Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called on his name. They cried to the LORD, and he answered them.7He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept his testimonies, and the statutes that he gave them.8O LORD our God, thou didst answer them; thou wast a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.9Extol the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy!
17"Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.18For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.19Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.