2 Corinthians 13:8
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New International Version
For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.

New Living Translation
For we cannot oppose the truth, but must always stand for the truth.

English Standard Version
For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.

New American Standard Bible
For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.

King James Bible
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For we are not able to do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.

International Standard Version
For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.

NET Bible
For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the sake of the truth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the cause of the truth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We can't do anything against the truth but only to help the truth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

King James 2000 Bible
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

American King James Version
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

American Standard Version
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we can do nothing against the truth; but for the truth.

Darby Bible Translation
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

English Revised Version
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

Webster's Bible Translation
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

Weymouth New Testament
For we have no power against the truth, but only for the furtherance of the truth;

World English Bible
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

Young's Literal Translation
for we are not able to do anything against the truth, but for the truth;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:7-10 The most desirable thing we can ask of God, for ourselves and our friends, is to be kept from sin, that we and they may not do evil. We have far more need to pray that we may not do evil, than that we may not suffer evil. The apostle not only desired that they might be kept from sin, but also that they might grow in grace, and increase in holiness. We are earnestly to pray to God for those we caution, that they may cease to do evil, and learn to do well; and we should be glad for others to be strong in the grace of Christ, though it may be the means of showing our own weakness. let us also pray that we may be enabled to make a proper use of all our talents.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - We can do nothing against the truth. I am powerless against anything which is true, real, sincere; I can exercise no power except in the cause of the truth. Be true to the gospel, and you will be mighty and I shall be powerless, and (as he proceeds to say) I shall rejoice at the result.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For we can do nothing against the truth,.... The apostles had no power, nor could they, nor did they desire to exercise any against such who received the truth of the Gospel in the love of it; who continued in it, walked in it, and held it fast; who worshipped God in Spirit and in truth, and who walked uprightly, and as became the truth; for as the law is not made for such persons, but the reverse, so the authority the apostles had received from Christ was not to be exercised upon such:

but for the truth: for the sake of defending the truth against those that dropped, denied, and opposed it; and for the honour of it, by chastising, correcting, reproving, censuring, and punishing such, who either contradicted it, or caused it to be blasphemed and spoken evil of.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. Our apostolic power is given us that we may use it not against, but for the furtherance of, the truth. Where you are free from fault, there is no scope for its exercise: and this I desire. Far be it from me to use it against the innocent, merely in order to increase my own power (2Co 13:10).

2 Corinthians 13:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Examine Yourselves
7Now we pray to God that you do no wrong; not that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, even though we may appear unapproved. 8For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth. 9For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 13:7
Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong--not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed.

2 Corinthians 13:9
We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored.
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