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33 Through faith’s power they conquered kingdoms and established true justice. Their faith fastened onto their promises and pulled them into reality! It was faith that shut the mouth of lions, 34 put out the power of raging fire, and caused many to escape certain death by the sword. Although weak, their faith imparted power to make them strong![a] Faith sparked courage within them and they became mighty warriors in battle, pulling armies from another realm into battle array.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. 11:34 The Aramaic can be translated “They were restored (healed) from sickness.”
  2. 11:34 See Judg. 7; 16:19–30. Although most translate this “causing enemy armies to flee” the Greek is literally “wheeling ranks drawn up in battle order, ranks which belonged to another.” The implication is that through their faith, angelic warriors wheeled into battle formation ready to fight with them in battle.

33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, (A)stopped the mouths of lions, 34 (B)quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

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