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37 Bible Verses for Athletes to Fuel Faith and Performance

Bible Verses for Athletes

Every athlete understands that even though talent is an important ingredient in being successful, it’s just one piece of the puzzle and you need a lot more than that to succeed. 

In addition to talent, you also need to be very disciplined, hardworking, and consistent as you train every day. But that’s not all, after training and competing you also need to be graceful enough to accept defeat because some days, there’ll be someone who’s just better than you.

As an athlete, all the pressure of training and competing can get you down sometimes which is why it’s important to not only have a strong support system around you but to also build your relationship with God by praying and reading the Bible, because with God by your side you can persevere through it all.

Whether you are looking for messages of inspiration or you’re looking for guidance in your career, here are some of the most inspiring Bible verses for athletes like you. 

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List of 37 Bible verses for athletes

Bible verses for athletes.

2 Timothy 2:5  

“Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.”

1 Corinthians 9:24 

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.”

Proverbs 16:3 

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

Philippians 4:13 

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Colossians 3:23 

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

Ecclesiastes 9:10  

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”

Isaiah 40:31

 “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

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Hebrews 12:11  

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

Bible verses for athletes.

Proverbs 15:32

“Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.”

Proverbs 14:23  

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”

1 Timothy 4:8 

“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”

Proverbs 10:17 

“Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.”

Hebrews 10:36  

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

2 Chronicles 15:7 

“But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18   

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

James 1:2-4   

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Proverbs 2:7  

“He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.”

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2 Corinthians 8:21  

“For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.”

Proverbs 10:9  

“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.”

Proverbs 21:3  

“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”

Bible verses for athletes.

Philippians 4:8  

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Psalm 144:1  

“Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.”

Isaiah 41:10  

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Habakkuk 3:19  

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.”

Psalm 118:14  

“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”

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2 Timothy 1:7  

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

Deuteronomy 31:6  

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Psalm 27:1  

“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”

Bible verses for athletes.

Joshua 1:9  

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11  

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Ecclesiastes 4:12  

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

1 Peter 4:10  

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

1 Chronicles 16:11  

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”

Bible verses for athletes.

Psalm 20:7  

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

Isaiah 12:2 

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”

Psalm 73:26

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

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