2 Timothy 2:5

5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.

Read 2 Timothy 2:5 Using Other Translations

And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules.

What does 2 Timothy 2:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Timothy 2:5

And if a man also strive for masteries
In the Olympic games, by running, wrestling, leaping

yet is he not crowned;
with a corruptible, fading crown, a crown made of herbs and leaves of trees, as parsley, laurel

except he strive lawfully;
according to the laws and rules fixed for those exercises; so no man that calls himself a Christian, minister, or any other, can expect the crown of life, the prize of the high calling of God, except he runs the race set before him, in the right way; looking to Christ, the mark, pressing through all difficulties, towards the prize, and holds on and out unto the end.

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