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1 Corinthians 9:26 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; so fight I, as not beating the air:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so I fight, not as one that beateth the air:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— *I* therefore thus run, as not uncertainly; so I combat, as not beating the air.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— I, therefore, so, am running, as, not uncertainly, so, am boxing, as not thrashing air;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— I, therefore, thus run, not as uncertainly, thus I fight, as not beating air;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— I therefore so runne, not as vncertainely: so fight I, not as one that beateth the ayre:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— I therefore so run, not as about a thing unknown; and so smite I, as not smiting the air;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— I therefore so run, not as for something unknown; and I so struggle, not as struggling against air;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
I 1473
{1473} Prime
ἐγώ
ego
{eg-o'}
A primary pronoun of the first person, 'I' (only expressed when emphatic).
therefore 5106
{5106} Prime
τοίνυν
toinun
{toy'-noon}
From G5104 and G3568; truly now, that is, accordingly.
so 3779
{3779} Prime
οὕτω
houto
{hoo'-to}
From G3778; in this way (referring to what precedes or follows).
run, 5143
{5143} Prime
τρέχω
trecho
{trekh'-o}
Apparently a primary verb (properly θρέχω [[threcho]]; compare G2359); which uses δρέμω [[dremo]], {drem'-o} (the base of G1408) as an alternate in certain tenses; to run or walk hastily (literally or figuratively).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
as 5613
{5613} Prime
ὡς
hos
{hoce}
Probably adverb of comparative from G3739; which how, that is, in that manner (very variously used as shown).
uncertainly; 84
{0084} Prime
ἀδήλως
adelos
{ad-ay'-loce}
Adverb from G0082; uncertainly.
so 3779
{3779} Prime
οὕτω
houto
{hoo'-to}
From G3778; in this way (referring to what precedes or follows).
fight x4438
(4438) Complement
πυκτεύω
pukteuo
{pook-te-yoo'-o}
From a derivative of the same as G4435; to box (with the fist), that is, contend (as a boxer) at the games (figuratively).
I, y4438
[4438] Standard
πυκτεύω
pukteuo
{pook-te-yoo'-o}
From a derivative of the same as G4435; to box (with the fist), that is, contend (as a boxer) at the games (figuratively).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
as 5613
{5613} Prime
ὡς
hos
{hoce}
Probably adverb of comparative from G3739; which how, that is, in that manner (very variously used as shown).
one that beateth 1194
{1194} Prime
δέρω
dero
{der'-o}
A primary verb; properly to flay, that is, (by implication) to scourge, or (by analogy) to thrash.
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
the air: 109
{0109} Prime
ἀήρ
aer
{ah-ayr'}
From ἄημι [[aemi]] (to breathe unconsciously, that is, respire; by analogy to blow); 'air' (as naturally circumambient).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Corinthians 9:26

_ _ I — Paul returns to his main subject, his own self-denial, and his motive in it.

_ _ run, not as uncertainly — not as a runner uncertain of the goal. Ye Corinthians gain no end in your entering idol temples or eating idol meats. But I, for my part, in all my acts, whether in my becoming “all things to all men,” or in receiving no sustenance from my converts, have a definite end in view, namely, to “gain the more.” I know what 1 aim at, and how to aim at it. He who runs with a clear aim, looks straightforward to the goal, makes it his sole aim, casts away every encumbrance (Hebrews 12:1, Hebrews 12:2), is indifferent to what the by-standers say, and sometimes even a fall only serves to rouse him the more [Bengel].

_ _ not as one that beateth the air — instead of beating the adversary. Alluding to the sciamachia or sparring in the school in sham-fight (compare 1 Corinthians 14:9), wherein they struck out into the air as if at an imaginary adversary. The real adversary is Satan acting on us through the flesh.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Corinthians 9:26

I so run, not as uncertainly — I look straight to the goal; I run straight toward it. I cast away every weight, regard not any that stand by. I fight not as one that beateth the air — This is a proverbial expression for a man's missing his blow, and spending his strength, not on his enemy, but on empty air.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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not:

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of [this] tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, [I say], and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Philippians 1:21 For to me to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain.
2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
2 Timothy 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, [yet] is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left [us] of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
1 Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

so:

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Ephesians 6:12 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].
Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
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