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Flee from Idolatry[a]

24 Discipline Yourself So As Not To Be Disqualified. You are well aware that while all the runners in the stadium compete in the race, only one wins the prize. Run in such a way as to win the prize. 25 Everyone who seeks a prize submits himself to rigorous self-discipline in every respect. They do so to win a perishable crown, while we seek an imperishable one. 26 Therefore, I do not run without purpose, nor do I fight like a man beating the air. 27 Rather, I discipline my body and bring it under control, for fear that after preaching to others I myself may be disqualified.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 9:24 To take part in a sacred meal in the temples of idols is to run the risk of being seduced by idolatry. The reader should not play down this danger, which is connected with the danger of scandalizing the weak.