1 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Corinthians 9:26

“I therefore so runne, not as vncertainely: so fight I, not as one that beateth the ayre:”

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Other Translations

I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
- King James Version

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

  • Bruce
    No. We are to Help Each Other with Any Need when Possible. Money, Job, Food, Car, clothes, Whatever. Just Needs, Not Wants. And The Most Important Bible Studies, Fellowship. We are to Do The Same with The Lost, Telling Them How to Be Saved by The Blood of The Lamb. If We have a Big House Maybe We Can Downsize. Eternity is More Valuable than Our Stuff.
  • Doug
    1 Corinthians 9:5. Is Paul saying he has authority over Peter ? I maybe reading this incorrectly. So please if someone can help me , I will appreciate it
  • D W L
    Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

    2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
  • 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?

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