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Hebrews 10:33-11:7 New King James Version (NKJV)

33 partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; 34 for you had compassion on [a]me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your [b]goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves [c]in heaven. 35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

37 “For yet a little while,
And He[d] who is coming will come and will not [e]tarry.
38 Now the[f] just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”

39 But we are not of those who draw back to [g]perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

By Faith We Understand

11 Now faith is the [h]substance of things hoped for, the [i]evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

By faith we understand that the [j]worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Faith at the Dawn of History

By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 10:34 NU the prisoners instead of me in my chains
  2. Hebrews 10:34 possessions
  3. Hebrews 10:34 NU omits in heaven
  4. Hebrews 10:37 Or that which
  5. Hebrews 10:37 delay
  6. Hebrews 10:38 NU My just one
  7. Hebrews 10:39 destruction
  8. Hebrews 11:1 realization
  9. Hebrews 11:1 Or confidence
  10. Hebrews 11:3 Or ages, Gr. aiones, aeons
New King James Version (NKJV)

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Hebrews 10:33-11:7 New International Version (NIV)

33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For,

“In just a little while,
    he who is coming will come
    and will not delay.”[a]

38 And,

“But my righteous[b] one will live by faith.
    And I take no pleasure
    in the one who shrinks back.”[c]

39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

Faith in Action

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”[d] For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 10:37 Isaiah 26:20; Hab. 2:3
  2. Hebrews 10:38 Some early manuscripts But the righteous
  3. Hebrews 10:38 Hab. 2:4 (see Septuagint)
  4. Hebrews 11:5 Gen. 5:24
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