Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
(A)And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.

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13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have [a]apprehended; but one thing I do, (A)forgetting those things which are behind and (B)reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 (C)I press toward the goal for the prize of (D)the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

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Footnotes

  1. Philippians 3:13 laid hold of it

Striving for a Crown

24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? (A)Run in such a way that you may [a]obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize [b]is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for (B)an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: (C)not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 9:24 win
  2. 1 Corinthians 9:25 exercises self-control

The Race of Faith

12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, (A)let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and (B)let us run (C)with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the [a]author and [b]finisher of our faith, (D)who for the joy that was set before Him (E)endured the cross, despising the shame, and (F)has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 12:2 originator
  2. Hebrews 12:2 perfecter

29 (A)He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but (B)the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.

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For as a young man marries a virgin,
So shall your sons marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
(A)So shall your God rejoice over you.

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10 (A)I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For (B)He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
(C)As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

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

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 1:5 Is eager for, lit. panting

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