CROWN

The Bible mentions two main kinds of crowns. One was the crown worn by a king, and as such was a sign of royalty and glory (Ps 21:1-3; Isa 28:5; 62:3; John 19:2-3; Rev 19:11-16). The other was the circle of leaves placed on the head of the winner of a sporting contest, and as such was a sign of victory (1 Cor 9:24-27; 1 Thess 2:19; 2 Tim 2:5). This latter kind of crown is referred to frequently in reference to the final victory of Christians who faithfully persevere amid trials, sufferings and persecution (2 Tim 4:8; James 1:12; 1 Peter 5:4; Rev 2:10; 3:11; see also REWARD).

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