labor in vain

See: failure
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We pick up the noun in 2:16: "It is by holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain [kenon] or labor in vain [kenon].
The rescuers did not labor in vain, for "Western ideals of cleanliness, appearance, and bodily behavior became increasingly powerful within African communities, even among non-elites, during the 1930s" (p.