I’ve been contemplating this phrasing in 1 Cor 6:7
” … with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; …. “
διὰ τῶν ὅπλων τῆς δικαιοσύνης τῶν δεξιῶν καὶ ἀριστερῶν
It comes right in the middle of his listing of his hardships (beatings and imprisonment, sleepless nights and hunger) (reasons to be really frustrated and even angry) he writes….
(that he had great endurance) in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;
When Paul could have got bitter and angry about his circumstances… he goes about life in purity and kindness … with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left…
Keener suggests in his Bible Background Commentary that it was common for soldiers to have weapons in both hands such as a spear and shield – fully equipped; always ready for battle. As a soldier of the cross and one who lived for the sake of the gospel, Paul knew that righteousness was imperative in how one lived and in how one went about proclaiming the gospel – Paul was also establishing his authority among the Corinthians – and to do that he did it not with the common virtues of wisdom and knowledge but with hardship and suffering (for the sake of the gospel) done with purity, understanding, patience, kindness, in the power of God through the Holy Spirit in sincere love. It seems to be these are the “weapons” of righteousness.
Well, it’s giving me some things to think about. lol