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priz: Two Greek words are so rendered in English Versions of the Bible:

(1) brabeion, the award to the victor in the Greek games, consisting of a garland of bay, olive, or pine; so called because it was given by the brabeus, the adjudicator who assigned the prize at the games (Vulgate bravium, from which may be derived the English "brave" = originally gaily dressed, handsome). Used literally in 1 Corinthians 9:24, and figuratively of the heavenly reward for Christian character in Philippians 3:14.

(2) harpagmos, in the English Revised Version of Philippians 2:6, "counted it not a prize to be on an equality with God." The termination -uos, -mos, would lead us to expect the active sense: "an act of grasping," "plundering" (the King James Version "robbery"), which would imply that Christ did not deem it an act of usurpation to claim equality with God, for such equality was His inherent right. But the context demands a reference "not to the right which He claimed, but to the dignity which He renounced" (Lightfoot); hence, the majority of modern expositors take the word in a passive sense (= harpagma): "a thing to be seized, prized, retained at all costs as a booty" (the English Revised Version "a prize," the American Standard Revised Version "a thing to be grasped"), implying that Christ did not regard equality with God as a thing to be clutched greedily, but waived His rights (see Lightfoot on Philippians 2:6). The verb "to prize" occurs only in Zechariah 11:13.


D. Miall Edwards

1017. brabeion -- a prize
... brabeion. 1018 . a prize. Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter Transliteration: brabeion
Phonetic Spelling: (brab-i'-on) Short Definition: a prize Definition: a prize ...
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75. agonizomai -- to contend for a prize, struggle
... to contend for a prize, struggle. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: agonizomai
Phonetic Spelling: (ag-o-nid'-zom-ahee) Short Definition: I strive, contend ...
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2603. katabrabeuo -- to give judgment against
... from 2596 , ", according to," which intensifies 1018 , "acting as an umpire") --
properly, a judge () making the , someone of their rightful prize and reward ...
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725. harpagmos -- the act of seizing or the thing seized
... Noun, Masculine Transliteration: harpagmos Phonetic Spelling: (har-pag-mos') Short
Definition: spoil, an object of eager desire, a prize Definition: spoil, an ...
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4735. stephanos -- that which surrounds, ie a crown
... From an apparently primary stepho (to twine or wreathe); a chaplet (as a badge of
royalty, a prize in the public games or a symbol of honor generally; but more ...
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4737. stephanoo -- to crown
... Cognate: 4737 -- to . See 4735 (). Word Origin from stephanos Definition to
crown NASB Word Usage crowned (2), win the prize (1). crown. ...
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4712. stadion -- a stadium (a Gr. measure of length), by impl. a ...
... receive . 1 Cor 9:24: "Do you not know that those who run in a ('stadium-length,'
4712 ) all run, but only one receives the prize? Run ...
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1377. dioko -- to put to flight, pursue, by impl. to persecute
... 1377 -- properly, chase, like a pursuing a catch (prize). 1377 () is used
("earnestly pursue") and ("zealously persecute, hunt down"). ...
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264. hamartano -- to miss the mark, do wrong, sin
... Perhaps from a (as a negative particle) and the base of meros; properly, to miss
the mark (and so not share in the prize), ie (figuratively) to err, especially ...
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5091. timao -- to fix the value, to price
... honor, value. From timios; to prize, ie Fix a valuation upon; by implication, to
revere -- honour, value. see GREEK timios. (etimesan) -- 1 Occurrence. ...
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Strong's Hebrew
5549. salal -- to lift up, cast up
... Word Origin a prim. root Definition to lift up, cast up NASB Word Usage build (6),
exalt (1), highway (1), highway* (1), lift (1), pile (1), prize (1). ...
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To have Blessings and to Prize them is to be in Heaven
... THE FIRST CENTURY 47 To have blessings and to prize them is to be in Heaven.
To have blessings and to prize them is to be in Heaven ...
/.../traherne/centuries of meditations/47 to have blessings and.htm

The Misery of them who have and Prize Not
... THE FIRST CENTURY 49 The misery of them who have and prize not. The misery of them
who have and prize not, differeth from others, who prize and have not. ...
/.../traherne/centuries of meditations/49 the misery of them.htm

That Human Life is a Distraction but that through the Mercy of God ...
... Book XI. Chapter XXIX."That Human Life is a Distraction But that Through the Mercy
of God He Was Intent on the Prize of His Heavenly Calling. 39. ...
/.../augustine/the confessions and letters of st/chapter xxix that human life is.htm

The Creator Has Made Wisdom the Supreme Prize
... SONNETS iv The Creator has made Wisdom the Supreme Prize. My son, despise
not the chastening of the LORD; Neither be weary of his ...
/.../various/select masterpieces of biblical literature/iv the creator has made.htm

The Sophistry which He Employs to Prove Our Acknowledgment that He ...
... Our Master said, in the book which he addressed to him, that at the time when our
cause was ruined, Eunomius won Cyzicus as the prize of his blasphemy. ...
/.../gregory of nyssa dogmatic treatises etc/section 11 the sophistry which.htm

Philippians iii. 13, 14
... one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to
the things which are before, I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the ...
/.../homily xii philippians iii 13.htm

Called to Reach a Higher Standard
... statesmen. Young men of rank and wealth took part in them and shrank from
no effort or discipline necessary to obtain the prize. ...
/.../white/the acts of the apostles/lesson 30 called to reach.htm

Third Sunday Before Lent
... 5. 24 Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth
the prize? ... wilderness. THE CHRISTIAN RACE FOR THE PRIZE. ...
/.../luther/epistle sermons vol ii/third sunday before lent.htm

Lay Hold on Eternal Life.
... must follow the example of the zealous apostle who said, "I reach forth to the things
that are before," and, "I press toward the mark for the prize." The prize ...
/.../food for the lambs or helps for young christians/lay hold on eternal life.htm

If God be Yours
... If God be yours, and all the joys and inhabitants in Heaven,, if you, be resolved
to prize nothing great and excellent, nothing, sublime and eternal, you lay ...
/.../ of meditations/17 if god be yours.htm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) That which is taken from another; something captured; a thing seized by force, stratagem, or superior power.

2. (n.) Anything captured by a belligerent using the rights of war; esp., property captured at sea in virtue of the rights of war, as a vessel.

3. (n.) An honor or reward striven for in a competitive contest; anything offered to be competed for, or as an inducement to, or reward of, effort.

4. (n.) That which may be won by chance, as in a lottery.

5. (n.) Anything worth striving for; a valuable possession held or in prospect.

6. (n.) A contest for a reward; competition.

7. (n.) A lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever.

8. (v. t.) To move with a lever; to force up or open; to pry.

9. (v. t.) To set or estimate the value of; to appraise; to price; to rate.

10. (v. t.) To value highly; to estimate to be of great worth; to esteem.

11. (n.) Estimation; valuation.

Prize (13 Occurrences)
... 10. (vt) To value highly; to estimate to be of great worth; to esteem. 11. (n.)
Estimation; valuation. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. PRIZE. ...
/p/prize.htm - 13k

Robbery (18 Occurrences)
... (Philippians 2:6, 7), are better rendered in the Revised Version, "counted it not
a prize to be on an equality," etc., ie, "did not look upon equality with God ...
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Win (27 Occurrences)
... 1. (v.) To gain by superiority in competition or contest; to obtain by victory over
competitors or rivals; as, to win the prize in a gate; to win money; to win ...
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Grasp (20 Occurrences)
... grasp: The word harpagmos (Philippians 2:6), is rendered by the King James Version
"robbery," by the Revised Version (British and American) "a prize," and by ...
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Price (181 Occurrences)
... 4. (vt) To pay the price of. 5. (vt) To set a price on; to value. See Prize. 6.
(vt) To ask the price of; as, to price eggs. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. ...
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Pursue (104 Occurrences)
... Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained the prize, or am already perfected;
but I pursue, if also I may get possession of it, seeing that also I have ...
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Play (61 Occurrences)
... 14. (vt) To engage in, or go together with, as a contest for amusement or
for a wager or prize; as, to play a game at baseball. 15. ...
/p/play.htm - 28k

Athlete (2 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (n.) One who contended for a prize in the public
games of ancient Greece or Rome. 2. (n.) Any one trained ...
/a/athlete.htm - 7k

Gets (122 Occurrences)
... better. (BBE). 1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in the foot-race
the runners all run, but that only one gets the prize? You ...
/g/gets.htm - 33k

... 2. Contents: With the exception of 1 Esdras 3:1-5:6-the incident of the royal banquet
and the contest for a prize of the three young men-the present books ...
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Bible Concordance
Prize (13 Occurrences)

1 Corinthians 9:24 Don't you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may win.

1 Corinthians 9:25 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.

1 Corinthians 9:27 but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.
(See NIV)

Philippians 3:12 I do not say that I have already won the race or have already reached perfection. But I am pressing on, striving to lay hold of the prize for which also Christ has laid hold of me.

Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 2:18 Let no one rob you of your prize by a voluntary humility and worshipping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

2 Timothy 2:5 And if any one takes part in an athletic contest, he gets no prize unless he obeys the rules.

Hebrews 12:2 simply fixing our gaze upon Jesus, our Prince Leader in the faith, who will also award us the prize. He, for the sake of the joy which lay before Him, patiently endured the cross, looking with contempt upon its shame, and afterwards seated Himself-- where He still sits--at the right hand of the throne of God.

Proverbs 4:8 Put her in a high place, and you will be lifted up by her; she will give you honour, when you give her your love.

Jeremiah 21:9 He who remains in this city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence; but he who goes out, and passes over to the Chaldeans who besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be to him for a prey.
(See RSV)

Jeremiah 38:2 Thus says Yahweh, He who remains in this city shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence; but he who goes forth to the Chaldeans shall live, and his life shall be to him for a prey, and he shall live.
(See RSV)

Jeremiah 39:18 For I will surely save you, and you shall not fall by the sword, but your life shall be for a prey to you; because you have put your trust in me, says Yahweh.
(See RSV)

Jeremiah 45:5 Do you seek great things for yourself? Don't seek them; for, behold, I will bring evil on all flesh, says Yahweh; but your life will I give to you for a prey in all places where you go.
(See RSV)



Prize: A Reward of Merit

Prize: Figurative

Related Terms

Robbery (18 Occurrences)

Win (27 Occurrences)

Grasp (20 Occurrences)

Price (181 Occurrences)

Pursue (104 Occurrences)

Play (61 Occurrences)

Athlete (2 Occurrences)

Gets (122 Occurrences)


Race (36 Occurrences)

Privy (3 Occurrences)

Value (138 Occurrences)

Voluntary (17 Occurrences)

Vainly (4 Occurrences)

Notions (6 Occurrences)

Unspiritual (6 Occurrences)

Upward (74 Occurrences)

Oppose (29 Occurrences)

Obeys (17 Occurrences)

Loot (15 Occurrences)

Lot (145 Occurrences)

Leader (183 Occurrences)

Last (1087 Occurrences)

Gain (142 Occurrences)

Goal (7 Occurrences)

Gaze (46 Occurrences)

Game (11 Occurrences)

Worshipping (49 Occurrences)

Wage (39 Occurrences)

Won (24 Occurrences)

Idle (33 Occurrences)

Fixing (13 Occurrences)

Foot-race (1 Occurrence)

Fleshly (15 Occurrences)

Round (664 Occurrences)

Receiveth (48 Occurrences)

Ring (33 Occurrences)

Rob (27 Occurrences)

Receives (43 Occurrences)

Robber (14 Occurrences)

Race-course (1 Occurrence)

Runners (21 Occurrences)

Rescue (92 Occurrences)

Expectation (25 Occurrences)

Esteem (25 Occurrences)

Draw (212 Occurrences)

Dart (9 Occurrences)


Double (49 Occurrences)

Detail (19 Occurrences)

Delights (39 Occurrences)

Disqualify (1 Occurrence)

Mastery (5 Occurrences)

Michri (1 Occurrence)

Push (23 Occurrences)

Puffed (13 Occurrences)

Perfected (25 Occurrences)

Prized (3 Occurrences)

Plate (34 Occurrences)

Puffs (3 Occurrences)

Patiently (25 Occurrences)

Pressing (16 Occurrences)

Purse (7 Occurrences)

Bay (8 Occurrences)

Capture (53 Occurrences)

Certainty (23 Occurrences)

Compete (3 Occurrences)

Contends (6 Occurrences)

Contest (7 Occurrences)

Contempt (55 Occurrences)

Competition (6 Occurrences)

Attain (30 Occurrences)

Adjudge (1 Occurrence)

Award (4 Occurrences)

Admire (1 Occurrence)

Striving (33 Occurrences)

Sits (52 Occurrences)

Simply (27 Occurrences)

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