New International Version
Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
New Living Translation
Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.
English Standard Version
He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
New American Standard Bible
He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.
King James Bible
Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
He considered God to be able even to raise someone from the dead, and as an illustration, he received him back.
International Standard Version
Abraham was certain that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did get Isaac back in this way.
and he reasoned that God could even raise him from the dead, and in a sense he received him back from there.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he accepted in his soul that God was able to raise him from the dead, and because of this, he was given to him in a simile.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
Abraham believed that God could bring Isaac back from the dead. Abraham did receive Isaac back from the dead in a figurative sense.
Jubilee Bible 2000
accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence he also received him in a figure.
King James 2000 Bible
Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from which also he received him in a figure.
American King James Version
Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from where also he received him in a figure.
American Standard Version
accounting that God is able to raise up, even from the dead; from whence he did also in a figure receive him back.
Accounting that God is able to raise up even from the dead. Whereupon also he received him for a parable.
Darby Bible Translation
counting that God [was] able to raise [him] even from among [the] dead, whence also he received him in a figure.
English Revised Version
accounting that God is able to raise up, even from the dead; from whence he did also in a parable receive him back.
Webster's Bible Translation
Accounting that God was able to raise him even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
Weymouth New Testament
For he reckoned that God is even able to raise a man up from among the dead, and, figuratively speaking, it was from among the dead that he received Isaac again.
World English Bible
concluding that God is able to raise up even from the dead. Figuratively speaking, he also did receive him back from the dead.
Young's Literal Translation
reckoning that even out of the dead God is able to raise up, whence also in a figure he did receive him.
Parallel CommentariesMatthew 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
Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead,.... Abraham did not go about this affair without thought; and yet he did not consult with flesh and blood; his reasoning was the reasoning of faith; and the conclusion of it was, not that he believed that God would raise his son from the dead, but that he was able to do it. He knew that he had received him at first, as it were, from the dead; he sprung from his own dead body, and out of Sarah's dead womb; and though his faith did not prescribe to God, yet as he believed the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead, he might believe that God would raise his son from the dead, rather than that his promise should fail; and this conclusion proceeded upon the power and faithfulness of God:
from whence also he received him in a figure; or for an "example" of faith and obedience; or for a "parable or proverb", that such a proverbial expression might be made use of, for the comfort and encouragement of saints in distressed and difficult circumstances, as is in Genesis 22:14 or as a type of the death and resurrection of Christ, whose type he was in other things, as well as in this; as in his birth, and the circumstances of it; he was long promised and expected, as Christ, was; his birth was beyond the ordinary course of nature, and attended with great joy; he was circumcised the eighth day; at his weaning a great feast was made, typical of the Gospel feast; and as he was persecuted by Ishmael, so was Christ by Herod, in his infancy: and he was a figure of him in his oblation; they were both sons of Abraham; both only begotten and beloved sons; both heirs; both carried the wood on which they were offered; both were offered on a Mount, and by their father, by whom neither of them were spared; and both by the command of God, and alone, none were with them: and Isaac prefigured him in his deliverance; Abraham stretched out his hand, but was restrained, and not a bone of Christ must be broken; not Isaac, but the ram was slain, not the divine, but the human nature suffered; both were delivered on the third day, the one as from death, the other really from death; and both returned to their father's house. Moreover, Abraham received his son in the similitude of a resurrection; it was as life from the dead; it was like the return of the prodigal, Luke 15:32. Abraham, looked upon him as dead to him, and Isaac thought himself a dead man; so that he that was accounted as one dead, was received alive. The Jews speak of this matter agreeably to the apostle; they say, a man has two breaths or souls, one in this world, and another in the world to come; and of Isaac they say (d), that
"in the time that he was offered upon the altar, his soul (or "breath"), which he had in this world, "went out"; and when it was said to Abraham (or by him) blessed be he that quickeneth the dead, his soul (or breath), which he had in the world to come, returned to him--for , "he was accounted as dead".''
They speak of him as if he was just dead; they say (e),
"when he saw the sword over his neck, his breath fled from him, and came to the place of the soul, , "as if he was at the point of giving up the ghost".''
So that a Jew cannot find fault with the apostle for expressing himself in this manner.
(d) Tosaphta in Zohar in Gen. fol. 46. 21. (e) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 58. 2. Pirke Eliezer, c. 31.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
19. Faith answered the objections which reason brought against God's command to Abraham to offer Isaac, by suggesting that what God had promised He both could and would perform, however impossible the performance might seem (Ro 4:20, 21).
able to raise him—rather, in general, "able to raise from the dead." Compare Ro 4:17, "God who quickeneth the dead." The quickening of Sarah's dead womb suggested the thought of God's power to raise even the dead, though no instance of it had as yet occurred.
he received him—"received him back" [Alford].
in a figure—Greek, "in a parable." Alford explains, "Received him back, risen from that death which he had undergone in, under, the figure of the ram." I prefer with Bishop Pearson, Estius, and Gregory of Nyssa, understanding the figure to be the representation which the whole scene gave to Abraham of Christ in His death (typified by Isaac's offering in intention, and the ram's actual substitution answering to Christ's vicarious death), and in His resurrection (typified by Abraham's receiving him back alive from the jaws of death, compare 2Co 1:9, 10); just as on the day of atonement the slain goat and the scapegoat together formed one joint rite representing Christ's death and resurrection. It was then that Abraham saw Christ's day (Joh 8:56): accounting God was able to raise even from the dead: from which state of the dead he received him back as a type of the resurrection in Christ.
Hebrews 11:19 Additional Commentaries
The Faith of Abraham
…18it was he to whom it was said, "IN ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED." 19He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper.
Treasury of Scripture
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