Hebrews 11:25
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New International Version
He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

New Living Translation
He chose to share the oppression of God's people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.

English Standard Version
choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

New American Standard Bible
choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,

King James Bible
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the short-lived pleasure of sin.

International Standard Version
because he preferred being mistreated with God's people to enjoying the pleasures of sin for a short time.

NET Bible
choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin's fleeting pleasure.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he chose to remain in affliction with the people of God and not to enjoy sin for a short time.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He chose to suffer with God's people rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a little while.

Jubilee Bible 2000
choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season,

King James 2000 Bible
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time;

American King James Version
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

American Standard Version
choosing rather to share ill treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Rather choosing to be afflicted with the people of God, than to have the pleasure of sin for a time,

Darby Bible Translation
choosing rather to suffer affliction along with the people of God than to have [the] temporary pleasure of sin;

English Revised Version
choosing rather to be evil entreated with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Webster's Bible Translation
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Weymouth New Testament
having determined to endure ill-treatment along with the people of God rather than enjoy the short-lived pleasures of sin;

World English Bible
choosing rather to share ill treatment with God's people, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time;

Young's Literal Translation
having chosen rather to be afflicted with the people of God, than to have sin's pleasure for a season,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:20-31 Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, concerning things to come. Things present are not the best things; no man knoweth love or hatred by having them or wanting them. Jacob lived by faith, and he died by faith, and in faith. Though the grace of faith is of use always through our whole lives, it is especially so when we come to die. Faith has a great work to do at last, to help the believer to die to the Lord, so as to honour him, by patience, hope, and joy. Joseph was tried by temptations to sin, by persecution for keeping his integrity; and he was tried by honours and power in the court of Pharaoh, yet his faith carried him through. It is a great mercy to be free from wicked laws and edicts; but when we are not so, we must use all lawful means for our security. In this faith of Moses' parents there was a mixture of unbelief, but God was pleased to overlook it. Faith gives strength against the sinful, slavish fear of men; it sets God before the soul, shows the vanity of the creature, and that all must give way to the will and power of God. The pleasures of sin are, and will be, but short; they must end either in speedy repentance or in speedy ruin. The pleasures of this world are for the most part the pleasures of sin; they are always so when we cannot enjoy them without deserting God and his people. Suffering is to be chosen rather than sin; there being more evil in the least sin, than there can be in the greatest suffering. God's people are, and always have been, a reproached people. Christ accounts himself reproached in their reproaches; and thus they become greater riches than the treasures of the richest empire in the world. Moses made his choice when ripe for judgment and enjoyment, able to know what he did, and why he did it. It is needful for persons to be seriously religious; to despise the world, when most capable of relishing and enjoying it. Believers may and ought to have respect to the recompence of reward. By faith we may be fully sure of God's providence, and of his gracious and powerful presence with us. Such a sight of God will enable believers to keep on to the end, whatever they may meet in the way. It is not owing to our own righteousness, or best performances, that we are saved from the wrath of God; but to the blood of Christ, and his imputed righteousness. True faith makes sin bitter to the soul, even while it receives the pardon and atonement. All our spiritual privileges on earth, should quicken us in our way to heaven. The Lord will make even Babylon fall before the faith of his people, and when he has some great thing to do for them, he raises up great and strong faith in them. A true believer is desirous, not only to be in covenant with God, but in communion with the people of God; and is willing to fare as they fare. By her works Rahab declared herself to be just. That she was not justified by her works appears plainly; because the work she did was faulty in the manner, and not perfectly good, therefore it could not be answerable to the perfect justice or righteousness of God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God,.... The Israelites, who were God's chosen and peculiar people, and were the true worshippers of him; Moses chose to be with those: the company and conversation of such is most eligible to every good man, because God is with them; his word and ordinances are with them; there are large provisions of grace in the midst of them; so that it is profitable, delightful, and honourable, to be among them, and is attended with comfort, peace, and satisfaction: but then those are a poor, and an afflicted people; affliction is with them, for the sake of God, and Christ, and the truths which they profess, and the worship and service they are engaged in; and their afflictions are many and grievous: and now Moses chose to suffer these with them, to suffer the same afflictions they did, and to sympathize with them: and this was more eligible to him,

than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season: meaning, either the pleasures, honours, and riches in Pharaoh's court, attended with sin; as indulging himself in the luxury of a court, when his brethren were in distress; approving Pharaoh's cruelty and persecution, at least conniving at it, and not opposing it, which could not be without sin; carrying himself as the son of Pharaoh's daughter, when he was an Hebrew; and preferring his own ease to the deliverance of his people; and now these, had he continued at court, would have been but for a short season: or else sinful lusts in general are intended, in which men promise themselves much pleasure, when it is only imaginary, and lasts but for a while neither; and both may be intended, and are what the Jews call (m) , "pleasures for a moment", or momentary ones. And the reasons which might induce Moses, and so every good man, to such a choice, may be taken partly from the nature of afflictions themselves, which are such that God has chosen for them, and appointed them unto, and which he gives them to suffer for his name, and which are an honour to them, and issue in their good, and in the glory of God; and partly from the nature of sinful pleasures; there is no solidity, nor satisfaction, in the best of worldly enjoyments; there can be no true pleasure in sin; there is always bitterness in the end, and it issues in death, if grace prevent not: now it was by faith Moses made this choice, for it is manifestly contrary to flesh and blood: it showed him to be a man thoroughly acquainted with the nature of sin; and that he looked beyond the things of sense and time, to those of eternity.

(m) Aben Ezra in Psal. xxiii. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. He balanced the best of the world with the worst of religion, and decidedly chose the latter. "Choosing" implies a deliberate resolution, not a hasty impulse. He was forty years old, a time when the judgment is matured.

for a season—If the world has "pleasure" (Greek, "enjoyment") to offer, it is but "for a season." If religion bring with it "affliction," it too is but for a season; whereas its "pleasures are for evermore."

Hebrews 11:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Faith of Moses
24By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.…
Cross References
Job 36:21
Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.

Daniel 3:18
But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."

Acts 7:34
I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.'

Hebrews 11:37
They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated--
Treasury of Scripture

Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Choosing.

Hebrews 10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after you were …

Job 36:21 Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this have you chosen rather than affliction.

Psalm 84:10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand. I had rather …

Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for …

Matthew 13:21 Yet has he not root in himself, but endures for a while: for when …

Acts 7:24,25 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged …

Acts 20:23,24 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesses in every city, saying that bonds …

Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that …

Romans 8:17,18,35-39 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; …

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things …

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which …

2 Thessalonians 1:3-6 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, …

2 Timothy 1:8 Be not you therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of …

2 Timothy 2:3-10 You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ…

2 Timothy 3:11,12 Persecutions, afflictions, which came to me at Antioch, at Iconium, …

James 1:20 For the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God.

1 Peter 1:6,7 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, …

1 Peter 4:12-16 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is …

the people.

Hebrews 4:9 There remains therefore a rest to the people of God.

Psalm 47:9 The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people …

1 Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: …

the pleasures.

Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite …

Job 21:11-13 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance…

Psalm 73:18-20 Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into …

Isaiah 21:4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure …

Isaiah 47:8,9 Therefore hear now this, you that are given to pleasures, that dwell …

Luke 12:19,20 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for …

Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received …

James 5:5 You have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; you have …

Revelation 18:7 How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much …

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