1 Corinthians 9:26

“I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I therefore so runne, not as vncertainely: so fight I, not as one that beateth the ayre:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; so fight I, as not beating the air:
- American Standard Version (1901)

So then I am running, not uncertainly; so I am fighting, not as one who gives blows in the air:
- Basic English Bible

*I* therefore thus run, as not uncertainly; so I combat, as not beating the air.
- Darby Bible

I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so I fight, not as one that beateth the air:
- Webster's Bible

That is how I run, not being in any doubt as to my goal. I am a boxer who does not inflict blows on the air,
- Weymouth Bible

I therefore run like that, as not uncertainly. I fight like that, as not beating the air,
- World English Bible

Therfor Y renne so, not as `in to vncerteyn thing; thus Y fiyte, not as betynge the eir;
- Wycliffe Bible

I, therefore, thus run, not as uncertainly, thus I fight, as not beating air;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 9:26


9:26 I so run, not as uncertainly - I look straight to the goal; I run straight toward it. I cast away every weight, regard not any that stand by. I fight not as one that beateth the air - This is a proverbial expression for a man's missing his blow, and spending his strength, not on his enemy, but on empty air.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 9:26


1Co 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly. Not as one who had no definite goal before him. His eye was fixed upon the heavenly prize. So fight I, not as one that beateth the air. The first figure is of a runner with a definite object; the second is taken from the boxer who strikes the air instead of his competitor. So fights not Paul. He puts a skillful aim into his blows.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 9

  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 9:22 to the weak became I as weak that I might gain the weak I am made all things to all men that I might by all means save some 1 TIMOTHY 4:16 take heed unto thyself and unto the doctrine--continue in them--for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee JAMES 3:14 but if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts glory not and lie not against the truth
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 9:13 DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT THEY WHICH MINISTER ABOUT HOLY THINGS LIVE OF THE THINGS OF THE TEMPLE AND THEY WHICH WAIT AT THE ALTAR ARE PARTAKERS WITH THE ALTAR --9:14--EVEN SO HATH THE LORD ORDAINED THAT THEY WHICH PREACH THE GOSPEL SHOUL LIVE OF THE GOSPEL GALATIANS 1:6 I MARVEL THAT YOU ARE SO SOON REMOVED FROM HIM THAT CALLED YOU INTO THE GRACE OF CHRIST UNTO ANOTHER GOSPEL
  • Ray321
    James 2:14-16 14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body what doth it profit?
  • Douglas Gilbert Wells
    We are not to do the works of world but. Works of the one that is above this evel world
  • Ray321
    We are commanded to not hinder the gospel of Christ. It's all about the cross of Calvary. 1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. We must eat and drink the gospel of Christ that Paul wrote in 1 Corinth 15:1-4. THE GOSPEL
  • Bruce
    Ray: All that are Saved,are Sealed. We all have the same Promise, The same Spirit,The same Seal.We're all Important.One Cross,One Sacrifice. Whose Blood covers Forever, whosoever ask Forgiveness. Some might ask for Help or Save me or don't let me go to Hell. There's no Specific word or Prayer,He sees The Heart. The Spirit will Teach and Guide Us as We Study His Word. Ephesians 1:13, Revelation 1:5

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