run, runners

run, runners

Words that are used with different shades of meaning in the OT and the NT. “Run” is, of course, moving quickly from one place to another (2Sam 2:18-23; John 20:2; John 20:4), but it is also used figuratively to denote the struggle of the person of faith to stay the course against evil and remain committed to God in this world (1Cor 9:24-26; Gal 2:2; Gal 5:7; Heb 12:1). “Runners” could be messengers who relayed news (Jer 51:31; 2Chr 30:6; 2Chr 30:10; Esth 3:13; Job 9:25); a group of persons around a king assigned to run errands and do his bidding (1Sam 8:11; 2Sam 15:1); or a group that served as a bodyguard for the king (1Sam 22:17; 2Kgs 10:25; 2Kgs 11:4) and ran in front of the king’s chariot (2Sam 15:1; 1Kgs 1:5). Runners were foot soldiers, as contrasted with cavalry and chariot warriors.

2Sam 2:18-23

18The three sons of Zeruiah were there, Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. Now Asahel was as swift of foot as a wild gazelle.19Asahel pursued Abner, turning neither to ... View more

John 20:2

2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not ... View more

John 20:4

4The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

1Cor 9:24-26

24Do 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.25Athletes exercise self-contro ... View more

Gal 2:2

2I went up in response to a revelation. Then I laid before them (though only in a private meeting with the acknowledged leaders) the gospel that I proclaim amon ... View more

Gal 5:7

7You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth?

Heb 12:1

The Example of Jesus
1Therefore, 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 ... View more

Jer 51:31

31One runner runs to meet another,
and one messenger to meet another,
to tell the king of Babylon
that his city is taken from end to end:

2Chr 30:6

6So couriers went throughout all Israel and Judah with letters from the king and his officials, as the king had commanded, saying, “O people of Israel, return t ... View more

2Chr 30:10

10So the couriers went from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, and as far as Zebulun; but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them.

Esth 3:13

13Letters were sent by couriers to all the king's provinces, giving orders to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all Jews, young and old, women and children, i ... View more

Job 9:25

25“My days are swifter than a runner;
they flee away, they see no good.

1Sam 8:11

11He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to r ... View more

2Sam 15:1

Absalom Usurps the Throne
1After this Absalom got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run ahead of him.

1Sam 22:17

17The king said to the guard who stood around him, “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because their hand also is with David; they knew that he fled, and di ... View more

2Kgs 10:25

25As soon as he had finished presenting the burnt offering, Jehu said to the guards and to the officers, “Come in and kill them; let no one escape.” So they put ... View more

2Kgs 11:4

Jehoiada Anoints the Child Joash
4But in the seventh year Jehoiada summoned the captains of the Carites and of the guards and had them come to him in the house ... View more

2Sam 15:1

Absalom Usurps the Throne
1After this Absalom got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run ahead of him.

1Kgs 1:5

5Now Adonijah son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king”; he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.

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