1 Corinthians 9:25-27 NIV

25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

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26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.

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      27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

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