Seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Woe to those who are mighty to drink wine, and champions at mixing strong drink.
The rulers ceased in Israel. They ceased until I, Deborah, arose; Until I arose a mother in Israel.
Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 9:24.
Don’t you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may win.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27.
Every man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. I therefore run like that, as not uncertainly. I fight like that, as not beating the air, but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.
1 Samuel 18:7.
The women sang to one another as they played, and said, “Saul has slain his thousands, David his ten thousands.”
2 Chronicles 32:21.
Yahweh sent an angel, who cut off all the mighty men of valor, and the leaders and captains, in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land.
2 Samuel 23:16-17.
The three mighty men broke through the army of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David; but he would not drink of it, but poured it out to Yahweh. He said, “Be it far from me, Yahweh, that I should do this! Isn’t this the blood of the men who risked their lives to go?” Therefore he would not drink it. The three mighty men did these things.
2 Timothy 2:5.
If anyone competes in athletics, he isn’t crowned unless he has competed by the rules.