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

  • Irene123
    J. Thorton - Paul is asking 4 questions - to which the answers would be "yes". to all 4. V. 2 - "If I be not ... to others ..." refers to those who do not believe Paul's testimony - Jews, Gentiles. Alto' there were many Jews 'n Gentiles that believed - there were many more that didn't (Matt. 20:16); And it is still this way today.
  • John thornton
    For Paul said am i not an apostle can I get a deeper understanding
  • Bill
    He went to the third heaven...was given direct revelation of the gospel of grace by Christ
  • Irene123
    To Brenda - On the road to Damascus the BRIGHT light was Jesus; as He said, "I am the light of the world." He showed Himself like this also in John's vision of Rev.
  • Seven Trumpets
    The Lord APPEARED to him when he was still called "Saul," while he was on the way to Damascus, to arrest the Disciples there. The Lord also APPEARED at other times to "Paul" when he was suffering trials and tribulations and persecutions. The Lord has APPEARED at times, to some very blessed Saints throughout history; but most don't ever get told those things; and they don't know about them.
  • Brenda
    I don't understand how Paul could ask the question; "Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord?" I didn't read about Paul until Acts. By the time the book of Acts was written, Jesus had already been crucified. Paul was on the scene when Stephen was stoned to death in Acts 7:58.