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Philippians 3:14

    Philippians 3:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I go forward to the mark, even the reward of the high purpose of God in Christ Jesus.

    Webster's Revision

    I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

    World English Bible

    I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

    Clarke's Commentary on Philippians 3:14

    I press toward the mark - Κατα σκοπον διωκω· I pursue along the line; this is a reference to the white line that marked the ground in the stadium, from the starting place to the goal, on which the runners were obliged to keep their eye fixed; for they who transgressed or went beyond this line did not run lawfully, and were not crowned, even though they got first to the goal. See the concluding observations on 1 Corinthians 9:27.

    What is called σκοπος, mark or scope, here, is called κανων, the line, i.e. the marked line, Philippians 3:16. When it was said to Diogenes, the cynic, "Thou art now an old man, rest from thy labors;" to this he answered: Ει δολιχον εδραμον, προς τῳ τελει εδει με ανειναι, και μη μαλλον επιτειναι; "If I have run long in the race, will it become me to slacken my pace when come near the end; should I not rather stretch forward?" Diog. Laert., lib. vi. cap. 2. sec. 6.

    For the prize of the high calling of God - The reward which God from above calls me, by Christ Jesus, to receive. The apostle still keeps in view his crown of martyrdom and his glorious resurrection.

    Barnes' Notes on Philippians 3:14

    I press toward the mark - As he who was running a race did. The "mark" means properly the object set up at a distance at which one looks or aims, and hence the goal, or post which was set up at the end of a race-course, and which was to be reached in order that the prize might be won. Here it means that which is at the end of the Christian race - in heaven.

    For the prize - The prize of the racer was a crown or garland of olive, laurel, pine, or apple; see the notes at 1 Corinthians 9:24. The prize of the Christian is the crown that is incorruptible in heaven.

    Of the high calling of God - Which is the end or result of that calling. God has called us to great and noble efforts; to a career of true honor and glory; to the obtainment of a bright and imperishable crown. It is a calling which is "high," or "upward" - (ἄνω anō) - that is, which tends to the skies. The calling of the Christian is from heaven, and to heaven; compare Proverbs 15:24. He has been summoned by God through the gospel of the Lord Jesus to secure the crown. It is placed before and above him in heaven. It may be his, if he will not faint or tire or look backward. It demands his highest efforts, and it is worth all the exertions which a mortal can make even in the longest life.

    Wesley's Notes on Philippians 3:14

    3:14 Forgetting the things that are behind - Even that part of the race which is already run. And reaching forth unto - Literally, stretched out over the things that are before - Pursuing with the whole bent and vigour of my soul, perfect holiness and eternal glory. In Christ Jesus - The author and finisher of every good thing.