Hebrews 11:27
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New International Version
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

New Living Translation
It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king's anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.

English Standard Version
By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.

New American Standard Bible
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.

King James Bible
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
By faith he left Egypt behind, not being afraid of the king's anger, for Moses persevered as one who sees Him who is invisible.

International Standard Version
By faith he left Egypt, without being afraid of the king's anger, and he persevered because he saw the one who is invisible.

NET Bible
By faith he left Egypt without fearing the king's anger, for he persevered as though he could see the one who is invisible.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
By faith he forsook Egypt and was not afraid of the rage of The King and he endured as if he had seen God, who is unseen.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Faith led Moses to leave Egypt without being afraid of the king's anger. Moses didn't give up but continued as if he could actually see the invisible God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

King James 2000 Bible
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

American King James Version
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

American Standard Version
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Douay-Rheims Bible
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the fierceness of the king: for he endured as seeing him that is invisible.

Darby Bible Translation
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he persevered, as seeing him who is invisible.

English Revised Version
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Webster's Bible Translation
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Weymouth New Testament
Through faith he left Egypt, not being frightened by the king's anger; for he held on his course as seeing the unseen One.

World English Bible
By faith, he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Young's Literal Translation
by faith he left Egypt behind, not having been afraid of the wrath of the king, for, as seeing the Invisible One -- he endured;
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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 27. - By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. This forsaking of Egypt must, because of the order in which it comes and of Moses alone being mentioned, be his flight related in Exodus 2:15, not the final Exodus. The only seeming difficulty is in the expression, "not fearing the wrath of the king," whereas in the history Moses is represented as flying in fear from the face of Pharaoh, who sought to slay him. But the two views of his attitude of mind are reconcilable. The assertion of his fearlessness applies to his whole course of action from the time when he elected to brave the king in behalf of Israel. In pursuance of this course, it became necessary for him to leave Egypt for a time. In this, as well as in staying, there was danger; for the king might pursue him: he might, perhaps, have secured his own safety by returning to the court and giving up his project; but he persevered at all hazards. And thus the apprehension of immediate danger under which he fled the country with a view to final success, was in no contradiction to his general fearlessness. Further, his being content to leave Egypt at all, and that for so many years, and still never relinquishing his design, was an additional evidence of faith, as is expressed by the word ἐκαρτέρησε, "he endured." The vision through faith of the unseen heavenly King kept alive his hope through those long years of exile: what was any possible wrath even of the terrible Pharaoh to one supported by that continual vision?

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

By faith he forsook Egypt,.... Either when he fled to Midian; this was before the eating of the passover, and so it stands in its proper order; whereas, his going out of Egypt with the children of Israel was after it, and mentioned in Hebrews 11:29. The word "forsook" implies fleeing; and then it was when Pharaoh's wrath was kindled against him: but it may be said, that Moses seemed then to be afraid of it, seeing he fled: to which it may be answered, that he showed great courage and intrepidity in slaying the Egyptian; and he took no methods to gain the king's favour, when the thing was known; his fleeing was consistent with courage, and was a point of prudence, and in obedience to the will of God: his departure shows, that he would not desist from the work he was called unto; but that he waited God's time, when he should be again employed; wherefore he endured affliction and meanness in Midian, and waited, patiently, till God should call him again to service: or this is to be understood of the time when he led the children of Israel out of Egypt; when he had many difficulties on the part of that people: they were seated and settled in the land of Egypt; they knew nothing of Canaan, nor of the way to it; and, besides, that was in the possession of others; they were a very morose, impatient, stiffnecked, and an ungovernable people, whom he led into a wilderness, without food or arms; and their number was very large; and he had many difficulties, on the part of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. The Israelites were in the midst of them; he brought them out from among them, with the spoil of them in their hands; he knew the changeableness and fury of Pharaoh's mind, and yet he led them out, and left Egypt,

not fearing the wrath of the king; of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; though it was as the roaring of a lion: so such as are called by grace, from a state of darkness and bondage, and out of a strange land, forsake this world, and leave their situation in it, their sinful lusts and pleasures, the company of wicked men, and everything that is near and dear, when it is in competition with Christ; not fearing the wrath of any temporal king or prince; nor of Satan, the prince of this world:

for he endured; afflictions, reproach, and menaces, with patience and courage; his mind was not broken with them, nor overborne by them; he expected divine help, and persevered; and so do such, who are called by the grace of God:

as seeing him who is invisible; that is God, as the Syriac version expresses it; who is not to be seen corporeally, though intellectually; not in his essence, though in his works of creation and providence; not immediately, though mediately in and through Christ; not perfectly now, though face to face hereafter. Moses saw him visionally, and symbolically in the bush; he saw him by faith, and with the eyes of his understanding; and so believing in his power, faithfulness, &c. did what he did.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

27. not fearing the wrath of the king—But in Ex 2:14 it is said, "Moses feared, and fled from the face of Pharaoh." He was afraid, and fled from the danger where no duty called him to stay (to have stayed without call of duty would have been to tempt Providence, and to sacrifice his hope of being Israel's future deliverer according to the divine intimations; his great aim, see on [2588]Heb 11:23). He did not fear the king so as to neglect his duty and not return when God called him. It was in spite of the king's prohibition he left Egypt, not fearing the consequences which were likely to overtake him if he should be caught, after having, in defiance of the king, left Egypt. If he had stayed and resumed his position as adopted son of Pharaoh's daughter, his slaughter of the Egyptian would doubtless have been connived at; but his resolution to take his portion with oppressed Israel, which he could not have done had he stayed, was the motive of his flight, and constituted the "faith" of this act, according to the express statement here. The exodus of Moses with Israel cannot be meant here, for it was made, not in defiance, but by the desire, of the king. Besides, the chronological order would be broken thus, the next particular specified here, namely, the institution of the Passover, having taken place before the exodus. Besides, it is Moses' personal history and faith which are here described. The faith of the people ("THEY passed") is not introduced till Heb 11:29.

endured—steadfast in faith amidst trials. He had fled, not so much from fear of Pharaoh, as from a revulsion of feeling in finding God's people insensible to their high destiny, and from disappointment at not having been able to inspire them with those hopes for which he had sacrificed all his earthly prospects. This accounts for his strange reluctance and despondency when commissioned by God to go and arouse the people (Ex 3:15; 4:1, 10-12).

seeing him … invisible—as though he had not to do with men, but only with God, ever before his eyes by faith, though invisible to the bodily eye (Ro 1:20; 1Ti 1:17; 6:16). Hence he feared not the wrath of visible man; the characteristic of faith (Heb 11:1; Lu 12:4, 5).

Hebrews 11:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Faith of Moses
26considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. 27By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen. 28By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them.…
Cross References
Exodus 2:14
The man said, "Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses was afraid and thought, "What I did must have become known."

Exodus 2:15
When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.

Exodus 10:28
Pharaoh said to Moses, "Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die."

Exodus 10:29
"Just as you say," Moses replied. "I will never appear before you again."

Exodus 11:8
All these officials of yours will come to me, bowing down before me and saying, 'Go, you and all the people who follow you!' After that I will leave." Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh.

Exodus 12:50
All the Israelites did just what the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron.

Exodus 13:17
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, "If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt."

Colossians 1:15
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:13
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.
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By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

he forsook.

Exodus 10:28,29 And Pharaoh said to him, Get you from me, take heed to yourself, …

Exodus 11:8 And all these your servants shall come down to me, and bow down themselves …

Exodus 12:11,37 And thus shall you eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on …

Exodus 13:17-21 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God …

not fearing.

Exodus 2:14,15 And he said, Who made you a prince and a judge over us? intend you …

Exodus 4:19 And the LORD said to Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for …

Exodus 14:10-13 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted up their …

endured.

Hebrews 6:15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

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

Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against …

Matthew 10:22 And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that …

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

Mark 4:17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, …

Mark 13:13 And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that …

1 Corinthians 13:7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. You have heard of the patience …

seeing.

Hebrews 11:1,13 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things …

Hebrews 12:2 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the …

Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, …

Acts 2:25 For David speaks concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before …

2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things …

1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, …

1 Timothy 6:16 Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can …

1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, …

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