Hebrews 11:10
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New International Version
For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

New Living Translation
Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

English Standard Version
For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.

New American Standard Bible
for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

King James Bible
For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

International Standard Version
because he was waiting for the city with permanent foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

NET Bible
For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he was looking for The City which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Abraham was waiting for the city that God had designed and built, the city with permanent foundations.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

King James 2000 Bible
For he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

American King James Version
For he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

American Standard Version
for he looked for the city which hath the foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he looked for a city that hath foundations; whose builder and maker is God.

Darby Bible Translation
for he waited for the city which has foundations, of which God is [the] artificer and constructor.

English Revised Version
for he looked for the city which hath the foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Weymouth New Testament
for he continually looked forward to the city which has the foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

World English Bible
For he looked for the city which has the foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Young's Literal Translation
for he was looking for the city having the foundations, whose artificer and constructor is God.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:8-19 We are often called to leave worldly connexions, interests, and comforts. If heirs of Abraham's faith, we shall obey and go forth, though not knowing what may befall us; and we shall be found in the way of duty, looking for the performance of God's promises. The trial of Abraham's faith was, that he simply and fully obeyed the call of God. Sarah received the promise as the promise of God; being convinced of that, she truly judged that he both could and would perform it. Many, who have a part in the promises, do not soon receive the things promised. Faith can lay hold of blessings at a great distance; can make them present; can love them and rejoice in them, though strangers; as saints, whose home is heaven; as pilgrims, travelling toward their home. By faith, they overcome the terrors of death, and bid a cheerful farewell to this world, and to all the comforts and crosses of it. And those once truly and savingly called out of a sinful state, have no mind to return into it. All true believers desire the heavenly inheritance; and the stronger faith is, the more fervent those desires will be. Notwithstanding their meanness by nature, their vileness by sin, and the poverty of their outward condition, God is not ashamed to be called the God of all true believers; such is his mercy, such is his love to them. Let them never be ashamed of being called his people, nor of any of those who are truly so, how much soever despised in the world. Above all, let them take care that they are not a shame and reproach to their God. The greatest trial and act of faith upon record is, Abraham's offering up Isaac, Ge 22:2. There, every word shows a trial. It is our duty to reason down our doubts and fears, by looking, as Abraham did, to the Almighty power of God. The best way to enjoy our comforts is, to give them up to God; he will then again give them as shall be the best for us. Let us look how far our faith has caused the like obedience, when we have been called to lesser acts of self-denial, or to make smaller sacrifices to our duty. Have we given up what was called for, fully believing that the Lord would make up all our losses, and even bless us by the most afflicting dispensations?

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he looked for a city which hath foundations,.... Not the city of Jerusalem, nor the Gospel church state; but either the city of the new Jerusalem, said to have twelve foundations, Revelation 21:14 and in which glorious state, Abraham, with the rest of the saints, being raised from the dead, will in person possess the promised land; or else the ultimate glory of the saints in heaven, where God dwells, and keeps his palace; and which will be the dwelling place of the saints, and will have in it many habitations; and which will be both peaceable and safe, and full of glory, riches, joy, and pleasure; and into which none but holy and righteous persons will enter; the "foundations" of which are the everlasting love of God, eternal election, the covenant of grace, the promise and preparation of it by God, from the foundation of the world, and the Lord Jesus Christ, his blood and righteousness; which show the immovableness of it, it being opposed to the tabernacles Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob dwelt in, and to the transitory enjoyments of this world: and for this sure, immovable, and comfortable state of things, Abraham was "looking" by faith; he looked through, and above temporal things, to spiritual things; he went through difficulties with cheerfulness, did not greedily covet earthly things, but looked with disdain upon them, and to heaven with faith, affection, and earnest desire; and this proves his faith to be, as that is defined, Hebrews 11:1

whose builder and maker is God: God the Father has prepared this glory from the foundation of the world, and has promised before the world began, and has chosen his people to it; the Spirit of God makes it known, and prepares them for it; and the Lord Jesus Christ is the forerunner entered, who is gone to get it ready for them, and will put them into the possession of it: this shows the superior excellency of this city, or glorious state; and that God has the sole right to dispose of it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. looked for—Greek, "he was expecting"; waiting for with eager expectation (Ro 8:19).

a city—Greek, "the city," already alluded to. Worldly Enoch, son of the murderer Cain, was the first to build his city here: the godly patriarchs waited for their city hereafter (Heb 11:16; 12:22; 13:14).

foundations—Greek, "the foundations" which the tents had not, nor even men's present cities have.

whose builder and maker—Greek, "designer [Eph 1:4, 11] and master-builder," or executor of the design. The city is worthy of its Framer and Builder (compare Heb 11:16; Heb 8:2). Compare Note, see on [2587]Heb 9:12, on "found."

Hebrews 11:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Faith of Abraham
9By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; 10for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.…
Cross References
Isaiah 14:32
What answer shall be given to the envoys of that nation? "The LORD has established Zion, and in her his afflicted people will find refuge."

Hebrews 11:16
Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Hebrews 12:22
But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly,

Hebrews 13:14
For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

Revelation 21:2
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

Revelation 21:14
The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Treasury of Scripture

For he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

he looked.

Hebrews 12:22,28 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, …

Hebrews 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would …

Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from where also we look for the …

Revelation 21:2,10-27 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God …

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Hebrews 3:4 For every house is built by some man; but he that built all things is God.

Isaiah 14:32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the …

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, …

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