50 Bible Verses about Sports

2 Timothy 2:5 ESV / 252 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 165 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 3:14 ESV / 130 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 / 112 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 / 100 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 / 82 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 / 66 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 / 47 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 / 42 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 10:31 ESV / 40 helpful votes

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

Matthew 22:37-38 ESV / 36 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.

1 John 2:16 ESV / 34 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.

Romans 8:31 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 24:17-18 ESV / 31 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.

2 Corinthians 11:30 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 9:25-27 ESV / 24 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.

Matthew 6:19-21 ESV / 22 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.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV / 20 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.

Luke 12:33-34 ESV / 20 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.

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 30:32-33 ESV / 18 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 / 16 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:2 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:3 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Psalm 37:5 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

John 3:16 ESV / 12 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.

Revelation 14:12 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:14-16 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 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.

Zechariah 14:1-21 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Behold, a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. ...

Proverbs 17:14 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:18 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Psalm 18:32-34 ESV / 10 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.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Galatians 6:3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Zechariah 11:17 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“Woe to my worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! May the sword strike his arm and his right eye! Let his arm be wholly withered, his right eye utterly blinded!”

Proverbs 25:27 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:14 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Genesis 1:26 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

1 Timothy 6:4 ESV / 6 helpful votes

He is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions,

Romans 15:17 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:2 ESV / 6 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.

Matthew 15:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 31:6-7 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.

Proverbs 14:20 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Psalm 150:1-6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! ...

Psalm 19:5 ESV / 4 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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