100 Bible Verses about Running The Race

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV / 365 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. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 314 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,

1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV / 212 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.

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 192 helpful votes

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Philippians 3:13-14 ESV / 161 helpful votes

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 12:1-29 ESV / 108 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. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. ...

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 105 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

2 Timothy 4:7-9 ESV / 86 helpful votes

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. Do your best to come to me soon.

1 Corinthians 9:26 ESV / 80 helpful votes

So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.

Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV / 78 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.

Acts 20:24 ESV / 71 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.

Hebrews 11:1-40 ESV / 70 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. ...

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 69 helpful votes

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Galatians 5:7 ESV / 61 helpful votes

You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?

Matthew 24:13 ESV / 60 helpful votes

But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Philippians 3:14 ESV / 59 helpful votes

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 12:2 ESV / 49 helpful votes

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.

Hebrews 12:1-3 ESV / 39 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.

2 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV / 38 helpful votes

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Jeremiah 12:5 ESV / 37 helpful votes

“If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you are so trusting, what will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?

Galatians 2:2 ESV / 36 helpful votes

I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain.

Philippians 3:13 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

Philippians 2:16 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

Psalm 60:12 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 6:12 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Psalm 119:32 ESV / 31 helpful votes

I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

James 1:12 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Romans 9:16 ESV / 26 helpful votes

So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.

Matthew 10:22 ESV / 24 helpful votes

And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Philippians 3:12 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 ESV / 23 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. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 23 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Hebrews 10:36 ESV / 22 helpful votes

For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

Philippians 3:12-14 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Luke 6:38 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

2 Timothy 2:5 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

Mark 9:23 ESV / 21 helpful votes

And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”

Romans 5:3-4 ESV / 20 helpful votes

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

2 Chronicles 15:7 ESV / 20 helpful votes

But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”

Revelation 3:11 ESV / 19 helpful votes

I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Proverbs 4:25 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

Philippians 1:6 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:9 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

Luke 19:26 ESV / 18 helpful votes

‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

Matthew 17:20 ESV / 18 helpful votes

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Psalm 37:5 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

2 Corinthians 4:17 ESV / 17 helpful votes

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Mark 9:25 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

Hebrews 11:5 ESV / 16 helpful votes

By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.

Hebrews 11:1 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

2 Timothy 4:6-8 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

2 Timothy 2:4 ESV / 16 helpful votes

No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

1 Timothy 4:12 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 ESV / 16 helpful votes

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

Colossians 2:18 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,

Galatians 5:1 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Romans 5:3 ESV / 16 helpful votes

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

Matthew 28:20 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 7:13-14 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Ecclesiastes 9:11 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.

Psalm 138:8 ESV / 16 helpful votes

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Psalm 91:11 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

1 Chronicles 15:7 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, with 130 of his brothers;

1 Timothy 4:8 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

2 Corinthians 3:5 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,

1 Corinthians 5:1-13 ESV / 15 helpful votes

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. ...

Isaiah 40:28-31 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; ...

James 1:3 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

Hebrews 12:3 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

Ephesians 6:11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Exodus 4:18-31 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Please let me go back to my brothers in Egypt to see whether they are still alive.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” And the Lord said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead.” So Moses took his wife and his sons and had them ride on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the staff of God in his hand. And the Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord, Israel is my firstborn son, ...

2 Timothy 4:10 ESV / 12 helpful votes

For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.

1 Corinthians 9:25 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 11 helpful votes

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 11 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Matthew 25:31-46 ESV / 11 helpful votes

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, ...

Psalm 8:1-9 ESV / 11 helpful votes

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. ...

2 Timothy 4:8 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Romans 3:28 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

Proverbs 4:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching.

Psalm 108:1-13 ESV / 9 helpful votes

A Song. A Psalm of David. My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! ...

Revelation 3:5 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.

Revelation 2:10 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Hebrews 12:11 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Hebrews 11:27 ESV / 7 helpful votes

By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.

Hebrews 11:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes

By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.

Romans 5:5 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 1:17 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Matthew 18:15-17 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Hebrews 12:4 ESV / 6 helpful votes

In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

Philippians 3:10 ESV / 6 helpful votes

That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

Philippians 2:7 ESV / 6 helpful votes

But made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

Ephesians 1:1-23 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, ...

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