2 Corinthians 6:7

7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;

2 Corinthians 6:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
ESV
7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left;
NLT
7 We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense.
MSG
7 when we're telling the truth, and when God's showing his power; when we're doing our best setting things right;
CSB
7 by the message of truth, by the power of God; through weapons of righteousness on the right hand and the left,

2 Corinthians 6:7 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 6:7

By the word of truth
By preaching the Gospel, truly, sincerely, without any adulteration of it, which comes from the God of truth, has for its subject matter Christ, who is the truth, and into which ministers are guided by the Spirit of truth, and every doctrine of which is truth:

by the power of God;
accompanying the word to the conversion and salvation of multitudes of souls; or by the signs, wonders, and miracles which were wrought for the confirmation of it:

by the armour of righteousness, on the right hand, and on the left:
meaning, either the whole armour of God, with which a Christian is all over clothed from head to foot, and in the strength of Christ may engage any adversary without fear; or else particularly the sword of the Spirit in the right hand, and the shield of faith in the left, whereby both the offensive and defensive part may be acted; or, as others think, uprightness of conscience, and holiness of life and conversation; with which being blessed, though on the one hand he meets with prosperity, and on the other hand with adversity, he is not lifted up with the one, nor cast down with the other; he is moved by neither, but passes on unconcerned.

2 Corinthians 6:7 In-Context

5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;
6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;
7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;
8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;
9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;

Cross References 3

  • 1. 2 Corinthians 4:2
  • 2. 2 Corinthians 4:7
  • 3. Romans 13:12; 2 Corinthians 10:4; Ephesians 6:10-18