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Hebrews 11:8-13

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11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he would later receive as an inheritance, and he went out without understanding where he was going. 11:9 By faith he lived as a foreigner 1  in the promised land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs 2  of the same promise. 11:10 For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, 3  whose architect and builder is God. 11:11 By faith, even though Sarah herself was barren and he was too old, 4  he received the ability to procreate, 5  because he regarded the one who had given the promise to be trustworthy. 11:12 So in fact children 6  were fathered by one man – and this one as good as dead – like the number of stars in the sky and like the innumerable grains of sand 7  on the seashore. 8  11:13 These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, 9  but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners 10  on the earth.

1 tn Or “settled as a resident alien.”

2 tn Or “heirs with him.”

3 tn Grk “that has foundations.”

4 tn Grk “past the time of maturity.”

5 tn Grk “power to deposit seed.” Though it is not as likely, some construe this phrase to mean “power to conceive seed,” making the whole verse about Sarah: “by faith, even though Sarah herself was barren and too old, she received ability to conceive, because she regarded the one who had given the promise to be trustworthy.”

6 tn Grk “these”; in the translation the referent (children) has been specified for clarity.

7 tn Grk a collective “the sand.”

8 sn An allusion to Gen 22:17 (which itself goes back to Gen 15:5).

9 tn Grk “the promises,” referring to the things God promised, not to the pledges themselves.

10 tn Or “sojourners.”



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