Hebrews 11:2
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English Standard Version
For by it the people of old received their commendation.

King James Bible
For by it the elders obtained a good report.

American Standard Version
For therein the elders had witness borne to them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For by this the ancients obtained a testimony.

English Revised Version
For therein the elders had witness borne to them.

Webster's Bible Translation
For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Weymouth New Testament
For by it the saints of old won God's approval.

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For by it (ἐν ταύτῃ γὰρ)

Lit. for in this. Rend. therein: in the sphere and exercise of faith: as believers. Comp. 1 Timothy 5:10. For introduces a proof of the preceding statement concerning the nature of faith. Faith has power to see and realize the unseen, for the experience of the fathers proves it.

The elders obtained a good report (ἐμαρτυρηθήσαν οἱ πρεσβύτεροι)

The elders for the more common the fathers: the saints of the O.T. dispensation, many of whose names are recorded in this chapter. Εμαρτυρηθήσαν, lit. were borne witness to. God bore witness to them in the victory of their faith over all obstacles, and their characters and deeds as men of faith were recorded in Scripture. For this use of ματυρεῖν in the passive, see Acts 6:3; Acts 10:22; Acts 16:12; Romans 3:21; Hebrews 7:8, Hebrews 7:17. Notice that the statement in this verse does not begin the list of examples, which commences with Hebrews 11:4, but is closely attached to the definition in Hebrews 11:1 as a comprehensive justification of it.

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Hebrews 11:4-39 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous...

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Hebrews 1:1
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,

Hebrews 11:4
By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.

Hebrews 11:39
And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised,

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