Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.(NIV)
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (KJV)
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.(NASB)
2 Corinthians 3:17Commentary
the Lord is the Spirit. Yahweh of the OT is the same Lord who is saving people in the New Covenant through the agency of the Holy Spirit. The same God is the minister of both the Old and New Covenants. there is liberty. Freedom from sin and the futile attempt to keep the demands of the law as a means of earning righteousness (cf. John 8:32-36; Rom. 3:19, 20). The believer is no longer in bondage to the law's condemnation and Satan's dominion.
The divine name Yahweh is usually translated "Lord" in English versions of the Bible, because it became a practice in late Old Testament Judaism not to pronounce the sacred name YHWH, but to say instead "my Lord" (Adonai)-a practice still used today in the synagogue. When the vowels of Adonai were attached to the consonants YHWH in the medieval period, the word Jehovah resulted. Today, many Christians use the word Yahweh, the more original pronunciation, not hesitating to name the divine name since Jesus taught believers to speak in a familiar way to God.