Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.
Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.
Follow the Lord’s rules for doing his work, just as an athlete either follows the rules or is disqualified and wins no prize.
An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere.
And if a man takes part in a competition he does not get the crown if he has not kept the rules.
And in the case of an athlete, no one is crowned without competing according to the rules.
And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
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1 tn Grk “will not be crowned,” speaking of the wreath awarded to the victor.
2 sn According to the rules (Grk “lawfully, by law”) referring to the rules of competition. In the ancient world these included requirements for training as well as rules for the competition itself.