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Hebrews 11:1-3

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People Commended for Their Faith

11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. 11:2 For by it the people of old 1  received God’s commendation. 2  11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds 3  were set in order at God’s command, 4  so that the visible has its origin in the invisible. 5 

1 tn Or “the elders,” “the ancients.”

2 tn Grk “were attested,” “received commendation”; and Heb 11:4-6 shows this to be from God.

3 tn Grk “ages.” The temporal (ages) came to be used of the spatial (what exists in those time periods). See Heb 1:2 for same usage.

4 tn Grk “by God’s word.”

5 sn The Greek phrasing emphasizes this point by negating the opposite: “so that what is seen did not come into being from things that are visible.”



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