100 Bible Verses about Exercise

1 Timothy 4:8 ESV / 276 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 6:19-20 ESV / 197 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.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV / 138 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.

Proverbs 31:17 ESV / 133 helpful votes

She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 121 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 24:5 ESV / 116 helpful votes

A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might,

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 106 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

2 Timothy 2:5 ESV / 105 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV / 99 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,

Romans 12:1 ESV / 84 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

3 John 1:2 ESV / 82 helpful votes

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 81 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 12:12 ESV / 55 helpful votes

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,

Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 52 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 Samuel 16:7 ESV / 52 helpful votes

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 51 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.

1 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;

Isaiah 40:28-31 ESV / 48 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.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV / 46 helpful votes

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

1 Corinthians 9:26-27 ESV / 46 helpful votes

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 10:4 ESV / 46 helpful votes

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

1 Peter 3:3-4 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 36 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV / 36 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.

1 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV / 35 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.

Hebrews 6:12 ESV / 33 helpful votes

So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV / 33 helpful votes

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 33 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.

1 Timothy 4:7-9 ESV / 32 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. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.

Isaiah 58:11 ESV / 32 helpful votes

And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Hebrews 5:14 ESV / 31 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.

1 Corinthians 6:12 ESV / 31 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.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

Luke 22:25 ESV / 31 helpful votes

And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 30 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

1 Corinthians 8:8 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.

Acts 24:16 ESV / 30 helpful votes

So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.

Jeremiah 9:24 ESV / 30 helpful votes

But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

Proverbs 25:16 ESV / 30 helpful votes

If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.

Proverbs 20:21 ESV / 29 helpful votes

An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.

1 Corinthians 9:25 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Mark 10:42 ESV / 28 helpful votes

And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.

Matthew 20:25 ESV / 28 helpful votes

But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 28 helpful votes

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

1 Timothy 6:6 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment,

Psalm 139:14 ESV / 27 helpful votes

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Revelation 13:12 ESV / 26 helpful votes

It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.

2 Peter 1:6 ESV / 26 helpful votes

And knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,

1 Peter 5:2 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;

1 Timothy 5:23 ESV / 26 helpful votes

(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)

Philippians 3:13-14 ESV / 26 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.

Ephesians 6:10 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

Matthew 19:26 ESV / 26 helpful votes

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Isaiah 40:29-31 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 22:4 ESV / 24 helpful votes

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.

Psalm 37:11 ESV / 24 helpful votes

But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.

1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV / 23 helpful votes

For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Proverbs 31:30 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Psalm 131:1 ESV / 23 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. Of David. O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Proverbs 17:22 ESV / 22 helpful votes

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

1 Timothy 4:3 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

Colossians 2:23 ESV / 21 helpful votes

These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

Psalm 37:9 ESV / 21 helpful votes

For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

Psalm 23:4 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Colossians 3:1-25 ESV / 20 helpful votes

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. ...

Proverbs 3:7-8 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

Galatians 6:7 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

1 Corinthians 9:25-27 ESV / 19 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.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 19 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Proverbs 20:29 ESV / 19 helpful votes

The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.

Proverbs 14:30 ESV / 19 helpful votes

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.

1 Timothy 2:12 ESV / 18 helpful votes

I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 18 helpful votes

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 18 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 17 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 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.

Hebrews 11:1 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Colossians 2:1-23 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. ...

Galatians 6:4 ESV / 15 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.

Galatians 5:22 ESV / 15 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 15 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.

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.

Hebrews 12:1-29 ESV / 14 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. ...

Hebrews 10:36 ESV / 13 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 2:12 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,

Ephesians 5:18 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

Proverbs 4:20-22 ESV / 13 helpful votes

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

John 3:16-17 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. 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.

Psalm 143:1-12 ESV / 12 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you. For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. ...

Ecclesiastes 10:17-18 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility, and your princes feast at the proper time, for strength, and not for drunkenness! Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks.

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 3:7-17 ESV / 10 helpful votes

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. ...

1 Corinthians 16:13-16 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. Now I urge you, brothers—you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints— be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer.

Ezekiel 34:14-16 ESV / 10 helpful votes

I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.

Jeremiah 46:1-28 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations. About Egypt. Concerning the army of Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates at Carchemish and which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah: “Prepare buckler and shield, and advance for battle! Harness the horses; mount, O horsemen! Take your stations with your helmets, polish your spears, put on your armor! Why have I seen it? They are dismayed and have turned backward. Their warriors are beaten down and have fled in haste; they look not back— terror on every side! declares the Lord. ...

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