Hebrews 11:40
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English Standard Version
since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

King James Bible
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

American Standard Version
God having provided some better thing concerning us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Douay-Rheims Bible
God providing some better thing for us, that they should not be perfected without us.

English Revised Version
God having provided some better thing concerning us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Webster's Bible Translation
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Weymouth New Testament
for God had provided for them and us something better, so that apart from us they were not to attain to full blessedness.

Hebrews 11:40 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Having provided (προβλεψαμένου)

N.T.o.

For us (περὶ ἡμῶν)

The better thing is for us. It was not for them: they lived in the assurance of a future time better than their own, and in this assurance of faith, did their work and bore their burden in their own time. It is one of the achievements of faith to be cheerfully willing to be only a stage to some better thing which we cannot share.

That they without us should not be made perfect (ἵνα μὴ χωρὶς ἡμῶν τελειωθῶσιν)

Each successive stage of history gathers up into itself the fruit of preceding stages. This passage teaches the solidarity of humanity in its work as well as in itself. The man of the present requires the work and suffering and achievement of the men of the past to complete him and his work. The future men will, in like manner, require the work and suffering and achievement of the men of today to complete them. The whole creation, in all its successive aeons, moves together toward

"The one far-off, divine event."

Hebrews 11:40 Parallel Commentaries

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provided. or, foreseen. better.

Hebrews 7:19,22 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw near to God...

Hebrews 8:6 But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant...

Hebrews 9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these...

Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things that that of Abel.

they without.

Hebrews 9:8-15 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest...

Hebrews 10:11-14 And every priest stands daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins...

Romans 3:25,26 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood...

made.

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him;

Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all...

Revelation 6:11 And white robes were given to every one of them; and it was said to them, that they should rest yet for a little season...

The apostle in the early part of the chapter having given us a general account of the grace of faith, proceeds to set before us some illustrious examples of it in Old Testament times. The leading instance and example of faith recorded, is that of righteous Abel: one of the first saints and the first martyr for religion--one who lived by faith and died for it, and therefore a fit pattern for the Hebrews to imitate. It is observable that the Holy Spirit has not thought fit to say any thing here of the faith of our first parents; and yet the church of God has generally, by a pious charity, taken it for granted that God gave them repentance and faith in the promised seed; that he instructed them in the mystery of sacrificing, that they instructed their children in it, and that they found mercy with God, after they had ruined themselves and all their posterity. But God has left the matter still under some doubt, as a warning to all who have great talents given to them, and a great trust reposed in them, that they do not prove unfaithful, since God would not enrol our first parents among the number of believers in this blessed calendar.--Henry.

Cross References
Hebrews 11:16
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

Hebrews 12:23
and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,

Revelation 6:11
Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

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