(A)which comes out like (B)a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.

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13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: (A)forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for (B)the prize of the upward (C)call of God in Christ Jesus.

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24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives (A)the prize? So (B)run that you may obtain it. 25 Every (C)athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we (D)an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I (E)do not box as one (F)beating the air.

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Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and (A)sin which clings so closely, and (B)let us run (C)with endurance the race that is (D)set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, (E)who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising (F)the shame, and (G)is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

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29 (A)The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. (B)The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, (C)rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete.

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For as a young man marries a young woman,
    so (A)shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
    so (B)shall your God rejoice over you.

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10 (A)I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
    my soul shall exult in my God,
(B)for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
    he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself (C)like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
    (D)and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

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(A)The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
    and hastens[a] to the place where it rises.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 1:5 Or and returns panting

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