Hebrews 11:15
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New International Version
If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.

New Living Translation
If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back.

English Standard Version
If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.

New American Standard Bible
And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return.

King James Bible
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If they were thinking about where they came from, they would have had an opportunity to return.

International Standard Version
If they had been thinking about what they had left behind, they would have had an opportunity to go back.

NET Bible
In fact, if they had been thinking of the land that they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if they had been seeking that city which they had left, they had time to return again to it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If they had been thinking about the country that they had left, they could have found a way to go back.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from which they came out, they might have had time to have returned.

King James 2000 Bible
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from which they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

American King James Version
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from where they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

American Standard Version
And if indeed they had been mindful of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And truly if they had been mindful of that from whence they came out, they had doubtless time to return.

Darby Bible Translation
And if they had called to mind that from whence they went out, they had had opportunity to have returned;

English Revised Version
And if indeed they had been mindful of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return.

Webster's Bible Translation
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came, they might have had opportunity to return.

Weymouth New Testament
And if they had cherished the remembrance of the country they had left, they would have found an opportunity to return;

World English Bible
If indeed they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had enough time to return.

Young's Literal Translation
and if, indeed, they had been mindful of that from which they came forth, they might have had an opportunity to return,
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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

And truly if they had been mindful of that country,.... Chaldea, which was Abraham's country:

from whence they came out; as Abraham and Sarah did, in person, and their posterity in them:

they might have had opportunity to have returned: for the way from Canaan or Egypt, where they sojourned, was short and easy: and though Abraham sent his servant thither to take a wife for his son Isaac, yet he would not go thither himself, nor suffer his son; nay, made his servant swear that he would not bring him thither, if even the woman should refuse to come; so unmindful was he of that country; so little did he regard it; yea, so much did he despise it: so when men are called by grace, and converted, they come out of a country, this world, which is a land of sin and iniquity, of great folly and ignorance, of darkness, and of the shadow of death; a desert, a mere wilderness; a country where Satan reigns, full of wicked and ungodly men; and which is the land of their nativity, as to their first birth: and they may be said to come out of it, not in a natural and civil sense, but in a spiritual one; and it is the character of a converted man, or one that is come out of the world, and is separated from it, to be unmindful of it; not so as not to consider from whence he came out, as owing to rich grace; nor so as not to lament the iniquities of it; nor so as not to pray for the conversion of the inhabitants of it; but he is unmindful of it, so as to be desirous of the company of the men of it, or to have the affections set upon it, and the heart tickled with the pleasures of it, or so as to desire to return to it, for which there is a great deal of reason: for this country is not worth minding; and there is much in it to set a gracious mind against it; a good man has better things to mind; and it is below, and unworthy of a Christian, to mind the world; and besides, worldly mindedness is attended with bad consequences. Moreover, though the saints have opportunities of returning, yet they do not; they are near it, and the country they are seeking is afar off: many things in it are alluring and ensnaring; a corrupt and deceitful heart often lingers after them, and Satan is not wanting to tempt unto, and by them. And yet they do not return; some that bear the name of Christians, but are not truly such, may wholly return, and never come back more; and true believers may strangely go back again in some instances; but they shall not return finally and totally: for they are held and drawn with the cords of love; they are in the hands of Christ, and are secured in the covenant of grace; they are returned to Christ, in the effectual calling, who will keep them; they are of the household of God, and shall be no more foreigners; should they return in such sense, they would be condemned with the world, which cannot be.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. As Abraham, had he desired to leave his pilgrim life in Canaan, and resume his former fixed habitation in Ur, among the carnal and worldly, had in his long life ample opportunities to have done so; and so spiritually, as to all believers who came out from the world to become God's people, they might, if they had been so minded, have easily gone back.

Hebrews 11:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Faith of Abraham
14For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. 15And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But 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 a city for them.…
Cross References
Genesis 24:4
but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac."

Genesis 24:6
"Make sure that you do not take my son back there," Abraham said.

Hebrews 11:14
People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.
Treasury of Scripture

And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from where they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

mindful.

Genesis 11:31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's …

Genesis 12:10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt …

Genesis 24:6-8 And Abraham said to him, Beware you that you bring not my son thither again…

Genesis 31:18 And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had …

Genesis 32:9-11 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father …

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