Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but I did so in private to those who were of reputation, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?
holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.
"If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, Then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?
I have also spoken to the prophets, And I gave numerous visions, And through the prophets I gave parables.
Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air;
Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind,
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
'I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.