Hebrews 11:6
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English Standard Version
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

King James Bible
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But without faith it is impossible to please God. For he that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and is a rewarder to them that seek him.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Weymouth New Testament
But where there is no faith it is impossible truly to please Him; for the man who draws near to God must believe that there is a God and that He proves Himself a rewarder of those who earnestly try to find Him.

Hebrews 11:6 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

To please (εὐαρεστῆσαι)

The aorist gives the sense of at all, stating the verbal idea without time, as a universal proposition. Comp. Romans 8:8.

Cometh (προσερχόμενον)

See on Hebrews 4:16. Must (δεῖ). An essential obligation. In the nature of the case. That he is (ὅτι ἔστιν). Faith in God involves belief in his existence although he is unseen.

Is a rewarder (μισθαποδότης)

Note the difference of the verb: not simply exists, but comes to pass as; proves to be, habitually, so that he who approaches God has, through faith, the assurance that his seeking God will result in good to himself. Μισθαποδότης rewarder, N.T.o. Comp. μισθαποδοσία recompense of reward, Hebrews 2:2 (note); Hebrews 10:35; Hebrews 11:26.

Of them that diligently seek him (τοῖς ἐκζητοῦσιν αὐτὸν)

Lit. unto them that seek him out. Comp. Acts 15:17; Hebrews 12:17; 1 Peter 1:10. The verb is used of seeking God, Romans 3:11. God's beneficent will and attitude toward the seeker are not always apparent at the first approach. In such cases there is occasion for faith, in the face of delay, that diligent seeking will find its reward. One is reminded of Jesus' lessons on importunity in seeking God, Luke 11:5-10; Luke 18:1-8.

He hides himself so wondrously

As though there were no God;

He is least seen when all the powers

Of ill are most abroad.

Or he deserts us at the hour

The fight is almost lost,

continued...

Hebrews 11:6 Parallel Commentaries

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without.

Hebrews 3:12,18,19 Take heed, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God...

Hebrews 4:2,6 For to us was the gospel preached, as well as to them: but the word preached did not profit them...

Numbers 14:11 And the LORD said to Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me...

Numbers 20:12 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, Because you believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel...

Psalm 78:22,32 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation...

Psalm 106:21,22,24 They forgot God their savior, which had done great things in Egypt...

Isaiah 7:9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If you will not believe...

Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

John 3:18,19 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already...

John 8:24 I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins: for if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sins.

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love.

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters...

he that. See on ch.

Hebrews 7:25 Why he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.

Job 21:14 Therefore they say to God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of your ways.

Psalm 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all your works.

Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you...

Jeremiah 2:31 O generation, see you the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness to Israel? a land of darkness? why say my people, We are lords...

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.

must.

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?...

a rewarder.

Hebrews 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect to the recompense of the reward.

Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am your shield...

Ruth 2:12 The LORD recompense your work, and a full reward be given you of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you are come to trust.

Psalm 58:11 So that a man shall say, Truly there is a reward for the righteous: truly he is a God that judges in the earth.

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward.

Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Matthew 6:1,2,5,16 Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise you have no reward of your Father which is in heaven...

Matthew 10:41,42 He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward...

Luke 6:35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great...

diligently.

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind...

Psalm 105:3,4 Glory you in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD...

Psalm 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought you: O let me not wander from your commandments.

Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Songs 3:1-4 By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loves: I sought him, but I found him not...

Jeremiah 29:13,14 And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart...

Matthew 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

Luke 12:31 But rather seek you the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added to you.

2 Peter 1:5,10 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge...

2 Peter 3:14 Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Cross References
Matthew 11:26
yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.

Hebrews 7:19
(for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.

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