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1 Corinthians 9:25 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they [do it] to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then [do it] to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But every one that contends [for a prize] is temperate in all things: *they* then indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown, but *we* an incorruptible.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, every man who striveth in the games, in all things, useth self-control;—they, indeed, then, that a corruptible crown, they may receive; but, we, an incorruptible!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and every one who is striving, is in all things temperate; these, indeed, then, that a corruptible crown they may receive, but we an incorruptible;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And every one that striveth for the mastery refraineth himself from all things. And they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown: but we an incorruptible one.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And euery man that striueth for the masterie, is temperate in all things: Now they [doe it] to obtaine a corruptible crowne, but we an incorruptible.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For every man who contendeth from every thing (besides with) holdeth his mind; and they who run (do it) that they may receive a crown that is corruptible, but we one that is incorruptible.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For every one who engageth in the contest, restraineth his desires in every thing. And they run, to obtain a crown that perisheth; but we, one that perisheth not.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
every man 3956
{3956} Prime
πᾶς
pas
{pas}
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
that striveth for the mastery 75
{0075} Prime
ἀγωνίζομαι
agonizomai
{ag-o-nid'-zom-ahee}
From G0073; to struggle, literally (to compete for a prize), figuratively (to contend with an adversary), or generally (to endeavor to accomplish something).
z5740
<5740> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 544
is temperate 1467
{1467} Prime
ἐγκρατεύομαι
egkrateuomai
{eng-krat-yoo'-om-ahee}
Middle voice from G1468; to exercise self restraint (in diet and chastity).
z5736
<5736> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 618
in all things. 3956
{3956} Prime
πᾶς
pas
{pas}
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
y3303
[3303] Standard
μέν
men
{men}
A primary particle; properly indicative of affirmation or concession (in fact); usually followed by a contrasted clause with G1161 (this one, the former, etc.
Now 3767
{3767} Prime
οὖν
oun
{oon}
Apparently a primary word; (adverbially) certainly, or (conjugationally) accordingly.
they 1565
{1565} Prime
ἐκεῖνος
ekeinos
{ek-i'-nos}
From G1563; that one (or [neuter] thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.
[do it] x3303
(3303) Complement
μέν
men
{men}
A primary particle; properly indicative of affirmation or concession (in fact); usually followed by a contrasted clause with G1161 (this one, the former, etc.
to 2443
{2443} Prime
ἵνα
hina
{hin'-ah}
Probably from the same as the former part of G1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare G3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result).
obtain 2983
{2983} Prime
λαμβάνω
lambano
{lam-ban'-o}
A prolonged form of a primary verb, which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses; to take (in very many applications, literally and figuratively [probably objective or active, to get hold of; whereas G1209 is rather subjective or passive, to have offered to one; while G0138 is more violent, to seize or remove]).
z5632
<5632> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 449
a corruptible 5349
{5349} Prime
φθαρτός
phthartos
{fthar-tos'}
From G5351; decayed, that is, (by implication) perishable.
crown; 4735
{4735} Prime
Στέφανος
stephanos
{stef'-an-os}
From an apparently primary 'stepho' (to twine or wreathe); a chaplet (as a badge of royalty, a prize in the public games or a symbol of honor generally; but more conspicuous and elaborate than the simple fillet, G1238), literally or figuratively.
but 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
we 2249
{2249} Prime
ἡμεῖς
hemeis
{hay-mice'}
Nomitive plural of G1473; we (only used when emphatic).
an incorruptible. 862
{0862} Prime
ἄφθαρτος
aphthartos
{af'-thar-tos}
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G5351; undecaying (in essence or continuance).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Corinthians 9:25

_ _ striveth — in wrestling: a still more severe contest than the foot race.

_ _ is temperate — So Paul exercised self-denial, abstaining from claiming sustenance for the sake of the “reward,” namely, to “gain the more” (1 Corinthians 9:18, 1 Corinthians 9:19).

_ _ corruptiblesoon withering, as being only of fir leaves taken from the fir groves which surrounded the Isthmian race course or stadium.

_ _ incorruptible — (1 Peter 1:4; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 2:10). “Crown” here is not that of a king (which is expressed by a different Greek word, namely, “diadem”), but a wreath or garland.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Corinthians 9:25

And every one that there contendeth is temperate in all things — To an almost incredible degree; using the most rigorous self denial in food, sleep, and every other sensual indulgence. A corruptible crown — A garland of leaves, which must soon wither. The moderns only have discovered that it is "legal" to do all this and more for an eternal crown than they did for a corruptible!

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Corinthians 9:25

And every man that striveth for the mastery is (s) temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

(s) Uses a most excellent and moderate diet.

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striveth:

Ephesians 6:12-18 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. ... Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
2 Timothy 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, [yet] is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:
Hebrews 12:4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

temperate:

Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
2 Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

but:

1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
James 1:12 Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
1 Peter 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne [were] four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
Revelation 4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
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