Hebrews 11: Having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise

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1. Complete Chapter

Hebrews 11
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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2
For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
4
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.
5
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.
6
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.
7
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.
8
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9
By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;
10
for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11
By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
12
Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude; innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
13
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14
For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.
15
And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.
16
But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
17
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18
of whom it was said, "In Isaac your seed shall be called,"
19
concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
20
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21
By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
22
By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.
23
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's command.
24
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter,
25
choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
26
esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
27
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
28
By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29
By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.
30
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.
31
By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.
32
And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets:
33
who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34
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.
35
Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.
36
Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.
37
They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38
of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
39
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,
40
God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

Hebrews 11:1-3

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

Hebrews 11:1-3
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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2
For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

  1. What is the substance of things hope for?
    • Hebrews 11:1
      Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
  2. What is faith the evidence of?
    • Hebrews 11:1
      Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
  3. What did faith do for the elders?
    • Hebrews 11:2
      For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
  4. What does faith allow us to understand?
    • Hebrews 11:3
      By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
  5. What are the things that are seen made of?
    • Hebrews 11:3
      By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
   

Hebrews 11:4-7

3. 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

Hebrews 11:4-7
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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.
5
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.
6
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.
7
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.

  1. What did Abel obtain by faith?
    • Hebrews 11:4
      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.
  2. By faith, what happened to Enoch?
    • Hebrews 11:5
      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.
  3. What testimony did Enoch have?
    • Hebrews 11:5
      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.
  4. What is it impossible to do without faith?
    • Hebrews 11:6
      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.
  5. What two things must a person believe?
    • Hebrews 11:6
      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.
  6. By faith, what did Noah do?
    • Hebrews 11:7
      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.
  7. Who was saved?
    • Hebrews 11:7
      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.
  8. Who was condemned?
    • Hebrews 11:7
      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.

Hebrews 11:8-12

4. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance

Hebrews 11:8-12
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By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9
By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;
10
for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11
By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
12
Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude; innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

  1. What did Abraham do by faith?
    • Hebrews 11:8
      By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
         
  2. Where did he go?
    • Hebrews 11:9
      By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;
         
  3. Where did he dwell?
    • Hebrews 11:9
      By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;
         
  4. What was he waiting for?
    • Hebrews 11:10
      for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
         
  5. By faith, what did Sarah do?
    • Hebrews 11:11
      By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
  6. What did she judge about God?
    • Hebrews 11:11
      By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
  7. What came from one man?
    • Hebrews 11:12
      Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude; innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
 
 

Hebrews 11:13-16

5. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth

Hebrews 11:13-16
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These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14
For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.
15
And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.
16
But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

  1. How did all these die?
    • Hebrews 11:13
      These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
  2. What had they not received yet?
    • Hebrews 11:13
      These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
  3. How were they assured of them?
    • Hebrews 11:13
      These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
  4. What did they confess themselves to be?
    • Hebrews 11:13
      These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
  5. What did they declare?
    • Hebrews 11:14
      For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.
  6. If they had called to mind the country they left, what would they have had an opportunity to do?
    • Hebrews 11:15
      And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.
  7. What do they really desire?
    • Hebrews 11:16
      But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

Hebrews 11:17-22

6. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son

Hebrews 11:17-22
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By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18
of whom it was said, "In Isaac your seed shall be called,"
19
concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
20
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21
By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
22
By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.

  1. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, what did he do?
    • Hebrews 11:17
      By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
  2. What was said about Isaac?
    • Hebrews 11:18
      of whom it was said, "In Isaac your seed shall be called,"
  3. What did he accordingly believe that God was able to do?
    • Hebrews 11:19
      concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
  4. What did Isaac do by faith?
    • Hebrews 11:20
      By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
  5. What did Jacob do by faith when he was dying?
    • Hebrews 11:21
      By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
  6. By faith, what did Joseph do when he was dying?
    • Hebrews 11:22
      By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.

Hebrews 11:23-29

7. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command

Hebrews 11:23-29
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By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's command.
24
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter,
25
choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
26
esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
27
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
28
By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29
By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.

  1. What did Moses' parents do by faith?
    • Hebrews 11:23
      By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's command.
  2. Who did they not fear?
    • Hebrews 11:23
      By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's command.
  3. By faith Moses, when he became of age, what did he refuse to be called?
    • Hebrews 11:24
      By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter,
  4. What did he rather choose?
    • Hebrews 11:25
      choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
  5. How did he esteem the reproach of Christ?
    • Hebrews 11:26
      esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
  6. By faith, what did he forsake?
    • Hebrews 11:27
      By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
  7. What did he not fear?
    • Hebrews 11:27
      By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
  8. By faith, how did he keep the Passover?
    • Hebrews 11:28
      By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
  9. What was destroyed?
    • Hebrews 11:28
      By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
  10. How did he pass through the Red Sea?
    • Hebrews 11:29
      By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.

Hebrews 11:30-40

8. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us

Hebrews 11:30-40
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By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.
31
By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.
32
And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets:
33
who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34
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.
35
Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.
36
Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.
37
They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38
of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
39
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,
40
God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

  1. By faith, what happened to the walls of Jericho?
    • Hebrews 11:30
      By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.
  2. What did Rahab do by faith?
    • Hebrews 11:31
      By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.
  3. Who else is mentioned?
    • Hebrews 11:32
      And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets:
  4. What did they do to kingdoms?
    • Hebrews 11:33
      who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
  5. What other things did they do by faith?
    • Hebrews 11:34
      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.
  6. By faith, what did women receive back?
    • Hebrews 11:35
      Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.
  7. What happened to still others?
    • Hebrews 11:36-37
      36
      Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.
      37
      They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
  8. Who was not worthy of them?
    • Hebrews 11:38
      of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
  9. What did all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, not receive?
    • Hebrews 11:39
      And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,
  10. Why did God let this happen to therm?
    • Hebrews 11:39
      And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,