56 Bible Verses about Sports

2 Timothy 2:5 ESV / 377 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 322 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 4:8 ESV / 258 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.

1 Corinthians 6:12 ESV / 232 helpful votes

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.

Genesis 32:24-30 ESV / 202 helpful votes

And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” ...

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 190 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 3:14 ESV / 168 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 9:25 ESV / 136 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 116 helpful votes

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV / 116 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.

Proverbs 27:2 ESV / 104 helpful votes

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

Proverbs 8:13 ESV / 104 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 84 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,

2 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV / 64 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.

Revelation 14:12 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.

1 John 2:16 ESV / 48 helpful votes

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

1 Corinthians 9:25-27 ESV / 42 helpful votes

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.

Galatians 6:3 ESV / 40 helpful votes

For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Proverbs 24:17-18 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest the Lord see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him.

Romans 8:31 ESV / 38 helpful votes

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Proverbs 11:2 ESV / 38 helpful votes

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.

Proverbs 27:1-2 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

2 Corinthians 11:30 ESV / 32 helpful votes

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

Matthew 22:37-38 ESV / 30 helpful votes

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.

Matthew 6:19-21 ESV / 30 helpful votes

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

Luke 12:33-34 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Proverbs 30:32-33 ESV / 26 helpful votes

If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth. For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.

Proverbs 29:23 ESV / 26 helpful votes

One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Psalm 37:5 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Jeremiah 12:5 ESV / 10 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?

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 10 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.

Hebrews 5:14 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Philippians 2:16 ESV / 8 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.

Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 8 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.

1 Corinthians 14:40 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But all things should be done decently and in order.

1 Corinthians 11:2 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.

Galatians 2:2 ESV / 6 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.

John 1:16 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

Isaiah 40:1-31 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins. A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” ...

Psalm 19:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.

1 Samuel 17:1-58 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. ...

1 Thessalonians 2:19 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?

Romans 15:17 ESV / 5 helpful votes

In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God.

John 18:36 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

Romans 2:11 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For God shows no partiality.

1 John 5:21 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

Titus 3:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

John 12:43 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

John 5:44 ESV / 3 helpful votes

How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

Micah 6:1-16 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Hear what the Lord says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the indictment of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth, for the Lord has an indictment against his people, and he will contend with Israel. “O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.” ...

Jeremiah 17:1-27 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of their altars, while their children remember their altars and their Asherim, beside every green tree and on the high hills, on the mountains in the open country. Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your high places for sin throughout all your territory. You shall loosen your hand from your heritage that I gave to you, and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever.” Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. ...

Proverbs 25:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.

Proverbs 16:18 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 11:2-4 ESV / 3 helpful votes

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

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