50 Bible Verses about Sports

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 315 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:5 ESV / 294 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 180 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 3:14 ESV / 156 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 / 130 helpful votes

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

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.

1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV / 96 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.

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 74 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 / 58 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.

1 Timothy 4:8 ESV / 50 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 John 2:16 ESV / 40 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.

Galatians 6:3 ESV / 38 helpful votes

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

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?

1 Corinthians 9:25-27 ESV / 36 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.

Proverbs 24:17-18 ESV / 36 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.

Proverbs 11:2 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

Matthew 22:37-38 ESV / 32 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.

2 Corinthians 11:30 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Matthew 6:19-21 ESV / 28 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.

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.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV / 24 helpful votes

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Philippians 2:3 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 30:32-33 ESV / 24 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 / 24 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:27 ESV / 22 helpful votes

It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory.

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Romans 2:11 ESV / 20 helpful votes

For God shows no partiality.

Proverbs 14:20 ESV / 20 helpful votes

The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends.

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Psalm 18:32-34 ESV / 20 helpful votes

The God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:2 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Proverbs 16:18 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

John 12:43 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:14 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Revelation 14:12 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Matthew 15:3 ESV / 12 helpful votes

He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?

Proverbs 17:14 ESV / 12 helpful votes

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

Isaiah 2:22 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?

Psalm 37:5 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

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.

Jeremiah 12:5 ESV / 8 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?

Titus 3:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:23 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

Proverbs 31:17 ESV / 6 helpful votes

She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.

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. ...

Romans 15:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

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. ...

Psalm 19:5 ESV / 3 helpful votes

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

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