33 Bible Verses about Competition

Philippians 2:3-4 ESV / 199 helpful votes

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV / 173 helpful votes

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 138 helpful votes

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

2 Timothy 2:5 ESV / 101 helpful votes

An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

Colossians 3:17 ESV / 60 helpful votes

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Galatians 6:4 ESV / 52 helpful votes

But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 40 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Ecclesiastes 2:22-26 ESV / 38 helpful votes

What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity. There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 35 helpful votes

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Philippians 2:3 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

1 Corinthians 9:25 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

Psalm 108:13 ESV / 32 helpful votes

With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.

James 4:6 ESV / 28 helpful votes

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Luke 16:15 ESV / 27 helpful votes

And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

John 15:13 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 20 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Galatians 6:14 ESV / 19 helpful votes

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Acts 20:24 ESV / 19 helpful votes

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 19 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Matthew 19:30 ESV / 17 helpful votes

But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Ecclesiastes 4:4 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man's envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

Proverbs 1:1-33 ESV / 16 helpful votes

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

Deuteronomy 28:1 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.

2 Corinthians 10:12 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

John 17:1-26 ESV / 7 helpful votes

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

Hebrews 12:1-3 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

James 4:1 ESV / 4 helpful votes

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?

1 Corinthians 4:7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?

Romans 7:7-25 ESV / 4 helpful votes

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.

Isaiah 14:12-14 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’

Psalm 45:2-10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever. Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your splendor and majesty! In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds! Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; the peoples fall under you. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;

Luke 14:7 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them,

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