New International Version
Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor's crown except by competing according to the rules.
King James Bible
And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
Darby Bible Translation
And if also any one contend [in the games], he is not crowned unless he contend lawfully.
World English Bible
Also, if anyone competes in athletics, he isn't crowned unless he has competed by the rules.
Young's Literal Translation
and if also any one may strive, he is not crowned, except he may strive lawfully;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If a man also strive for masteries - Εαν δε και αθλῃ τις· If a man contend in the public games - the Olympic or Isthmian games among the Greeks, so often alluded to and particularly explained in the notes on 1 Corinthians 9:24-26, to which the reader is referred for a full illustration of this verse.
Is he not crowned - Though he may have conquered, except he strive lawfully - unless he enter according to the rules of the athlete, and act as these direct. No man, however zealous he may have been, is to expect the Well done, good and faithful servant, from Jesus Christ, unless he have labored in the word and doctrine, preached the truth as it is in Jesus, and built up the Church upon Him who is its only Foundation.
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1 Corinthians 9:25
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.
2 Timothy 4:8
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
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