Running Quotes From the Bible

Inspirational Verses to Help You Stay on Track

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If you're a runner and have found that sometimes you feel less than eager to lace on your running shoes and hit the track, never fear: Everyone, even the highest level athletes, hit performance plateaus or simply lose some enthusiasm for putting one foot in front of the other.

One way to dig out of a discouragement slump is to find inspiration in the words of others. The Bible is full of verses that some people find motivating. Here are some quotes that can apply to running that may help to invigorate your own running regimen, whether you're just beginning or training for a marathon.

Proverbs 4:26

"Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established."

Hebrews 12:1

"Let us run with patience the race that is set before us."

1 Corinthians 10:13

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."

Romans 5:3

"We glory in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience."

2 Samuel 22:33-34

"God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my high places."

Ecclesiastes 9:11

"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."

Isaiah 40:29-31

"He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

2 Timothy 4:7

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."

Proverbs 4:12

"When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble."

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway."

2 Chronicles 15:7

"Be ye strong...for your work shall be rewarded."

Philippians 3:13

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before."

Philippians 4:13

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Hebrews 12:11-13

"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed."

Psalms 119:32

"I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart."

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

Psalms 60:12

"Through God we shall do valiantly."

2 Timothy 2:5

"And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully."

Proverbs 4:25

"Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee."