1 Corinthians 9:24

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Know yee not that they which runne in a race, runne all, but one receiueth the price? So runne, that yee may obtaine.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do you not see that in a running competition all take part, but only one gets the reward? So let your minds be fixed on the reward.
- Basic English Bible

Know ye not that they who run in [the] race-course run all, but one receives the prize? Thus run in order that ye may obtain.
- Darby Bible

Know ye not, that they who run in a race, all run, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
- Webster's Bible

Do you not know that in the foot-race the runners all run, but that only one gets the prize? You must run like him, in order to win with certainty.
- Weymouth Bible

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.
- World English Bible

Witen ye not, that thei that rennen in a furlong, alle rennen, but oon takith the prijs? So renne ye, that ye catche.
- Wycliffe Bible

have ye not known that those running in a race -- all indeed run, but one doth receive the prize? so run ye, that ye may obtain;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 9:24


9:24 Know ye not that - In those famous games which are kept at the isthmus, near your city. They who run in the foot race all run, though but one receiveth the prize - How much greater encouragement have you to run; since ye may all receive the prize of your high calling!


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 9:24


1Co 9:24 Know ye not that they who run in a race all run. He had spoken of self denial in order to secure gospel success. He now enforces the need of sparing no effort, self denial or exertion, to win the crown. The Corinthians were familiar with the races in the stadium. The Isthmian games, among the most famous of Greece, were celebrated at Corinth. But one receiveth the prize. Only one, the foremost, received a prize. Hence the lesson, so run, that you may obtain. Outstrip all others if possible.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 9

  • Emmanuel boachie
    Glory,for such an inspiring message from apostle Paul ,brethren care should be taken about how some of the ministers of God behave of late we should acknowledged that our rewards awaits us in heaven.after inherit Kingdom of heaven our works will merit rewards.
  • Lu2677
    Brianna, I like your questioning about the hirelings that we see preaching. Most out there today are in it for profit, preachers, teacher, authors, singers, schools. Even under the law of God that tells them when to step down they don't.
  • Brianna
    Vs 18 sticks out to me. Primarily that the Bible constantly talks about the word of God being free, and without charge. Jesus said let it be given free, and here even Paul confirms that life's waters should be given free. This makes me question those who have taken on the role as a pastor/ priest for profit.
  • Reshma Armogan
    We should make it our duty to work for the lord and take no praise for it. We should reach people where they are and not wait for them to come to us. We should run the race to receive eternal life.
  • Cephas nkoma
    Jehovah my salvation, savoir
  • Faustino Rocha for verse 27
    It 's all there. Even though one is called, you can lose yourreward, eternal life, through lack of discipline. The Bible even speaks of giving such people over to the devil so that, while thier body would be lost, their soul would be preserved. You can 't live is you want, and make it into heaven. Holiness, without which NO MAN shall see God