1 Corinthians 9:25
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New International Version
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

New Living Translation
All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.

English Standard Version
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

Berean Study Bible
Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable.

Berean Literal Bible
Now everyone striving controls himself in all things; then indeed they, that they might receive a perishable crown; but we, an imperishable.

New American Standard Bible
Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

King James Bible
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a crown that will fade away, but we a crown that will never fade away.

International Standard Version
Everyone who enters an athletic contest practices self-control in everything. They do it to win a wreath that withers away, but we run to win a prize that never fades.

NET Bible
Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But every man who does competition restrains his mind from everything, and these run to receive a destructible crown, but we, what is indestructible.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everyone who enters an athletic contest goes into strict training. They do it to win a temporary crown, but we do it to win one that will be permanent.

New American Standard 1977
And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we, an incorruptible one.

King James 2000 Bible
And every man that strives for self control is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

American King James Version
And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

American Standard Version
And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And every one that striveth for the mastery, refraineth himself from all things: and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one.

Darby Bible Translation
But every one that contends [for a prize] is temperate in all things: they then indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.

English Revised Version
And every man that striveth in the games is temperate in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

Webster's Bible Translation
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

Weymouth New Testament
But every competitor in an athletic contest practices abstemiousness in all directions. They indeed do this for the sake of securing a perishable wreath, but we for the sake of securing one that will not perish.

World English Bible
Every man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.

Young's Literal Translation
and every one who is striving, is in all things temperate; these, indeed, then, that a corruptible crown they may receive, but we an incorruptible;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:24-27 The apostle compares himself to the racers and combatants in the Isthmian games, well known by the Corinthians. But in the Christian race all may run so as to obtain. There is the greatest encouragement, therefore, to persevere with all our strength, in this course. Those who ran in these games were kept to a spare diet. They used themselves to hardships. They practised the exercises. And those who pursue the interests of their souls, must combat hard with fleshly lusts. The body must not be suffered to rule. The apostle presses this advice on the Corinthians. He sets before himself and them the danger of yielding to fleshly desires, pampering the body, and its lusts and appetites. Holy fear of himself was needed to keep an apostle faithful: how much more is it needful for our preservation! Let us learn from hence humility and caution, and to watch against dangers which surround us while in the body.
Study Bible
Run Your Race to Win
24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to take the prize. 25Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable. 26Therefore I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight like I am beating the air.…
Cross References
Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world's darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession before many witnesses.

2 Timothy 2:5
Likewise, a contender does not receive the crown unless he competes according to the rules.

2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

2 Timothy 4:8
From now on the crown of righteousness is laid up for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but to all who crave His appearing.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.

1 Peter 5:4
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

Revelation 2:10
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Look, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will suffer tribulation for ten days. Be faithful even unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Revelation 3:11
I am coming soon. Hold fast to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
Treasury of Scripture

And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

striveth.

Ephesians 6:12-18 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, …

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto …

2 Timothy 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except …

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Hebrews 12:4 You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin.

temperate.

Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in …

2 Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience …

but.

1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this …

2 Timothy 4:8 From now on there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which …

Hebrews 12:28 Why we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, …

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, …

1 Peter 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not …

1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown …

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil …

Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man …

Revelation 4:4,10 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and on the …

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