1 Corinthians 9:26
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English Standard Version
So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.

King James Bible
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

American Standard Version
I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; so fight I, as not beating the air:

Douay-Rheims Bible
I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air:

English Revised Version
I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; so fight I, as not beating the air:

Webster's Bible Translation
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so I fight, not as one that beateth the air:

Weymouth New Testament
That is how I run, not being in any doubt as to my goal. I am a boxer who does not inflict blows on the air,

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Vincent's Word Studies

Uncertainly (ἀδήλως)

Only here in the New Testament. The kindred adjective ἄδηλος not manifest, occurs Luke 11:44 (see note) and 1 Corinthians 14:8. Compare also ἀδηλότης uncertainty, 1 Timothy 6:17. He runs with a clear perception of his object, and of the true manner and result of his striving.

Fight I((πυκτεύω)

Only here in the New Testament. Distinctively of fighting with the fists, and evidently in allusion to the boxing-match. Rev., in margin, box. Etymologically akin to πυγμή the fist; see on oft, Mark 7:3.

Beateth the air

A boxer might be said to beat the air when practicing without an adversary. This was called σκιαμαχία shadow-fighting. Or he might purposely strike into the air in order to spare his adversary; or the adversary might evade his blow, and thus cause him to spend his strength on the air. The two latter may well be combined in Paul's metaphor. He strikes straight and does not spare. Compare Virgil, in the description of a boxing-match:

"Entellus, rising to the work, his right hand now doth show

Upreared, but he, the nimble one, foresaw the falling blow

Above him, and his body swift writhed skew-wise from the fall.

Entellus spends his stroke on air."

"Aeneid," v., 443. Morris' Translation.

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2 Corinthians 5:1,8 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands...

Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed...

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

Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

1 Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ...

2 Peter 1:10 Why the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall:


Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers...

Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.

Cross References
1 Corinthians 14:9
So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air.

Galatians 2:2
I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain.

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

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

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