Either the spoils of war (as in Jer 21:9) or something won in an athletic contest. Paul employs the latter as a metaphor for salvation (Phil 3:14), the imperishable nature of which he contrasts with the perishable wreaths (made of parsley, celery, etc.) coveted by the athletes of Greece and Rome (1Cor 9:24-25).
9Those who stay in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence; but those who go out and surrender to the Chaldeans who are besieging you sha ... View more
14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
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