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Hebrews 11:12-14 New English Translation (NET Bible)

12 So in fact children[a] 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[b] on the seashore.[c] 13 These all died in faith without receiving the things promised,[d] but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners[e] on the earth. 14 For those who speak in such a way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.


  1. Hebrews 11:12 tn Grk “these”; in the translation the referent (children) has been specified for clarity.
  2. Hebrews 11:12 tn Grk a collective “the sand.”
  3. Hebrews 11:12 sn An allusion to Gen 22:17 (which itself goes back to Gen 15:5).
  4. Hebrews 11:13 tn Grk “the promises,” referring to the things God promised, not to the pledges themselves.
  5. Hebrews 11:13 tn Or “sojourners.”
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