ESV - 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
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Most Christians throughout the ages have interpreted this verse literally—meaning, they take Paul for his word. Read in that way, the verse would mean we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses: the saints. They cheer us on in our enduring race to heaven, which would mean they are knowledgeable of our lives. Keep fighting the good fight of faith!
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