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which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
    and like a strong man runs its course with joy.

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13 Beloved,[a] I do not consider that I have made it my own;[b] but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly[c] call of God in Christ Jesus.

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Footnotes

  1. Philippians 3:13 Gk Brothers
  2. Philippians 3:13 Other ancient authorities read my own yet
  3. Philippians 3:14 Gk upward

24 Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. 25 Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. 26 So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air;

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The Example of Jesus

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,[a] and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of[b] the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 12:1 Other ancient authorities read sin that easily distracts
  2. Hebrews 12:2 Or who instead of

29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled.

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For as a young man marries a young woman,
    so shall your builder[a] marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
    so shall your God rejoice over you.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 62:5 Cn: Heb your sons

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
    my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
    he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

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The sun rises and the sun goes down,
    and hurries to the place where it rises.

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