1 Corinthians 9:27
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English Standard Version
But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

King James Bible
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

American Standard Version
but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.

English Revised Version
but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.

Webster's Bible Translation
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast-away.

Weymouth New Testament
but I hit hard and straight at my own body and lead it off into slavery, lest possibly, after I have been a herald to others, I should myself be rejected.

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Vincent's Word Studies

I keep under (ὑπωπιάζω)

A feeble translation, and missing the metaphor. The word means to strike under the eye; to give one a black eye. It occurs elsewhere in the New Testament but once, Luke 18:5 (see note). Rev., I buffet. The blow of the trained boxer was the more formidable from the use of the cestus, consisting of ox-hide bands covered with knots and nails, and loaded with lead and iron. So Entellus throws his boxing-gloves into the ring, formed of seven bulls' hides with lead and iron sewed into them (Virgil, "Aeneid," v., 405). They were sometimes called γυιοτόροι limb-breakers. A most interesting account is given by Rodolfo Lanziani, "Ancient Rome in the Light of Recent Discoveries," of the exhuming at the foundation of the Temple of the Sun, erected by Aurelian, of a sitting bronze statue of a boxer. The accompanying photograph shows the construction of the fur-lined boxing-gloves secured by thongs wound round the forearm half-way to the elbow. The gloves cover the thumb and the hand to the first finger-joints. The writer says; "The nose is swollen from the effects of the last blow received; the ears resemble a flat and shapeless piece of leather; the neck, the shoulders, the breast, are seamed with scars.... The details of the fur-lined boxing-gloves are also interesting, and one wonders how any human being, no matter how strong and powerful, could stand the blows from such weapons as these gloves, made of four or five thicknesses of leather, and fortified with brass knuckles."

Bring it into subjection (δουλαγωγῶ)

Rev., bring in into bondage. Metaphor of captives after battle. Not of leading the vanquished round the arena (so Godet), a custom of which there is no trace, and which, in most cases, the condition of the vanquished would render impossible. It is rather one of those sudden changes and mixtures of metaphor so frequent in Paul's writings. See, for instance, 2 Corinthians 5:1, 2 Corinthians 5:2.

Having preached (κηρύξας)

See on 2 Peter 2:5. Some find in the word an allusion to the herald (κῆρυξ) who summoned the contestants and proclaimed the prizes.

Castaway (ἀδόκιμος)

See on Romans 1:28. Better, as Rev., rejected, as unworthy of the prize.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I keep.

1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown...

1 Corinthians 4:11,12 Even to this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place...

1 Corinthians 6:12,13 All things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me...

1 Corinthians 8:13 Why, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world stands, lest I make my brother to offend.

Romans 8:13 For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.

2 Corinthians 6:4,5 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses...

2 Corinthians 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence...

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

and.

Romans 6:18,19 Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness...

lest.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal...

Psalm 50:16 But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth?

Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven...

Luke 12:45-47 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens...

Luke 13:26,27 Then shall you begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in your presence, and you have taught in our streets...

2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor...

a castaway.

Jeremiah 6:30 Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD has rejected them.

Luke 9:25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

Acts 1:25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.

2 Corinthians 13:5,6 Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you...

Cross References
Luke 18:5
yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'"

Romans 8:13
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

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