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Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Hebrews 11:5-6

Hebrews 11:5-6. By faith That is, his firm faith in the being and perfections of God, especially his omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence; his truth, justice, mercy, and goodness; and in consequence of that exemplary holiness which was the fruit of this faith; Enoch was translated Μετετεθη , was removed, namely, in a miraculous manner, from among men, God taking him out of this sinful and miserable world to himself. See notes on Genesis 5:22-24. That he should not see death He was... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Hebrews 11:1-22

Examples of true faith (11:1-22)In the previous chapter the writer asserted that people must join faith to perseverance if they are to enjoy the thing hoped for. He now supports this statement with illustrations from the Old Testament. If people have faith, it means they believe that things hoped for according to God’s promises will be achieved and that unseen powers of God are real. Those with faith look beyond what they see. They know that they cannot explain the existence of the world solely... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Hebrews 11:6

without . Greek. choris. See Hebrews 4:15 . believe . Greek. pisteuo. App-150 . is . Greek. esti. The verb substantive. is . Greek. ginomai, to become. rewarder . Greek. misthapodotes. Only here. Compare Hebrews 11:26 , and Hebrews 10:35 . diligently seek . Greek. ekzeteo. See Acts 15:17 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him.Westcott noted that the faith described here has two elements: (1) the belief that God is, and (2) that he is morally active; in other words, it is a faith in the existence of God and in the moral government of God.[13] Furthermore, the expression "seek after him" as in the English Revised Version (1885), falls short of the... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Hebrews 11:6

Hebrews 11:6. But without faith it is impossible to please him:— This verse is added by the apostle, to complete his reasoning in that which precedes. He had there said, that God translated Enoch without dying, on accountof his faith. The proof alleged in that verse was only this, that Moses says He pleased God: still it remained to be proved that his pleasing God was an evidence that he had faith. To prove this, the apostle here adds, that it is impossible to please him without faith. The... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Hebrews 11:6

6. without—Greek, "apart from faith": if one be destitute of faith (compare Romans 14:23). to please—Translate, as ALFORD does, the Greek aorist, "It is impossible to please God at all" (Romans 14:23- :). Natural amiabilities and "works done before the grace of Christ are not pleasant to God, forasmuch as they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ; yea, rather, for that they are not done as God hath willed them to be done, we doubt not but they have the nature of sin" [Article XIII, Book of... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Hebrews 11:1-7

1. Faith in the Antediluvian Era 11:1-7The writer began by stating three facts about faith. These are general observations on the nature of faith, some of its significant features. He then illustrated God’s approval of faith with examples from the era before the Flood. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Hebrews 11:1-13

IV. THE PROPER RESPONSE 11:1-12:13"In chapter Hebrews 10:22-25 there were three exhortations, respectively to Faith, Hope and Love. These are elaborated in turn: chapter 11 dealing with Faith; chapter 12 with Hope; chapter 13 with Love." [Note: Thomas, p. 140.] In this fourth major section of the epistle, the writer concentrated on motivating his readers to persevere in their faith with steadfast endurance. He continued the idea that he introduced in Hebrews 10:35-39. Some writers do not... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Hebrews 11:6

Walking by faith involves not only believing that God exists but also believing that he will reward the faithful. The original readers faced temptation to abandon that hope, as we do. Note that those He will reward are those who "are seeking after Him" (present tense in Greek), not believers who have stopped seeking after Him. Ultimately we know God’s will by faith.In almost all of the following exemplars of faith that the writer cited, there is a clear and direct relationship between faith and... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Hebrews 11:1-40

Heroes of FaithThe Achievements of Faith, illustrated from the annals of Israel, beginning with the patriarchs and coming down to the martyrs. The writer has already mentioned faith as a necessary condition of a righteous life, and he now proceeds to illustrate the fact that it was by faith that the fathers of the race were able to work righteousness and to endure their trials. Their heroic example ought to encourage the Hebrews to stand fast. The primary purpose, therefore, of this long... read more

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