Hebrews 11:34
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New International Version
quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.

New Living Translation
quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.

English Standard Version
quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

New American Standard Bible
quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

King James Bible
Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
quenched the raging of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength after being weak, became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies to flight.

International Standard Version
put out raging fires, escaped death by the sword, found strength in weakness, became powerful in battle, and routed foreign armies.

NET Bible
quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength in weakness, became mighty in battle, put foreign armies to flight,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They quenched the power of fire, were delivered from the edge of the sword, were strengthened out of weakness, became strong in battle and overturned enemy camps.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
put out raging fires, and escaped death. They found strength when they were weak. They were powerful in battle and defeated other armies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, recovered from infirmities, were made valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of foreign enemies;

King James 2000 Bible
Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in war, turned to flight the armies of foreigners.

American King James Version
Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

American Standard Version
quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, waxed mighty in war, turned to flight armies of aliens.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, recovered strength from weakness, became valiant in battle, put to flight the armies of foreigners:

Darby Bible Translation
quenched [the] power of fire, escaped [the] edge of the sword, became strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, made [the] armies of strangers give way.

English Revised Version
quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, waxed mighty in war, turned to flight armies of aliens.

Webster's Bible Translation
Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

Weymouth New Testament
deprived fire of its power, escaped being killed by the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put to flight foreign armies.

World English Bible
quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, grew mighty in war, and caused foreign armies to flee.

Young's Literal Translation
quenched the power of fire, escaped the mouth of the sword, were made powerful out of infirmities, became strong in battle, caused to give way camps of the aliens.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:32-38 After all our searches into the Scriptures, there is more to be learned from them. We should be pleased to think, how great the number of believers was under the Old Testament, and how strong their faith, though the objects of it were not then so fully made known as now. And we should lament that now, in gospel times, when the rule of faith is more clear and perfect, the number of believers should be so small, and their faith so weak. It is the excellence of the grace of faith, that, while it helps men to do great things, like Gideon, it keeps from high and great thoughts of themselves. Faith, like Barak's, has recourse unto God in all dangers and difficulties, and then makes grateful returns to God for all mercies and deliverances. By faith, the servants of God shall overcome even the roaring lion that goeth about seeking whom he may devour. The believer's faith endures to the end, and, in dying, gives him victory over death and all his deadly enemies, like Samson. The grace of God often fixes upon very undeserving and ill-deserving persons, to do great things for them and by them. But the grace of faith, wherever it is, will put men upon acknowledging God in all their ways, as Jephthah. It will make men bold and courageous in a good cause. Few ever met with greater trials, few ever showed more lively faith, than David, and he has left a testimony as to the trials and acts of faith, in the book of Psalms, which has been, and ever will be, of great value to the people of God. Those are likely to grow up to be distinguished for faith, who begin betimes, like Samuel, to exercise it. And faith will enable a man to serve God and his generation, in whatever way he may be employed. The interests and powers of kings and kingdoms, are often opposed to God and his people; but God can easily subdue all that set themselves against him. It is a greater honour and happiness to work righteousness than to work miracles. By faith we have comfort of the promises; and by faith we are prepared to wait for the promises, and in due time to receive them. And though we do not hope to have our dead relatives or friends restored to life in this world, yet faith will support under the loss of them, and direct to the hope of a better resurrection. Shall we be most amazed at the wickedness of human nature, that it is capable of such awful cruelties to fellow-creatures, or at the excellence of Divine grace, that is able to bear up the faithful under such cruelties, and to carry them safely through all? What a difference between God's judgement of a saint, and man's judgment! The world is not worthy of those scorned, persecuted saints, whom their persecutors reckon unworthy to live. They are not worthy of their company, example, counsel, or other benefits. For they know not what a saint is, nor the worth of a saint, nor how to use him; they hate, and drive such away, as they do the offer of Christ and his grace.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Quenched the violence of fire,.... Which may be said to be done, when a believer, or a righteous man, is delivered out of it, as Lot from Sodom, when God rained fire and brimstone on it; when, by prayer, it is stopped, as by Moses, at Taberah, Numbers 11:1 when persons are not hurt by it, as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, when cast into Nebuchadrezzar's fiery furnace; and many of the martyrs have triumphed in the flames: so believers are delivered out of the fire of afflictions, and are not consumed thereby; and quench the fiery darts of Satan, thrown at them; and are untouched by the fire of God's wrath, in every state and case; and shall not be hurt of the second death, which is a lake of fire, burning with brimstone.

Escaped the edge of the sword; and were not destroyed by it; as Lot, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, the Judges, David, Elijah, Elisha, and others.

Out of weakness were made strong; being recovered from bodily diseases, as David, Hezekiah, &c. by an increase of bodily strength, as Samson; by being filled with courage, and strength of mind; when before timorous, as Barak, &c. so believers, when they have been weak in the exercise of grace, have been made strong:

waxed valiant in fight; as Barak, Gideon, David, &c. so believers, in the spiritual fight of faith, have waxed valiant; being engaged in a good cause, and under a good Captain; being well provided with armour, and assured of victory, and a crown.

Turned to fight the armies of the aliens: such as the Canaanites, the Moabites, Ammonites, Philistines, and others; who were put to flight by Joshua, the Judges, David, and others.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

34. Quenched the violence of fire—(Da 3:27). Not merely "quenched the fire," but "quenched the power (so the Greek) of the fire." Da 3:19-30 and 6:12-23 record the last miracles of the Old Testament. So the martyrs of the Reformation, though not escaping the fire, were delivered from its having power really or lastingly to hurt them.

escaped … sword—So Jephthah (Jud 12:3); and so David escaped Saul's sword (1Sa 18:11; 19:10, 12); Elijah (1Ki 19:1, &c.; 2Ki 6:14).

out of weakness … made strong—Samson (Jud 16:28; 15:19). Hezekiah (Isa 37:1-38:22). Milton says of the martyrs, "They shook the powers of darkness with the irresistible power of weakness."

valiant in fight—Barak (Jud 4:14, 15). And the Maccabees, the sons of Matthias, Judas, Jonathan, and Simon, who delivered the Jews from their cruel oppressor, Antiochus of Syria.

armies—literally, "camps" referring to Jud 7:21. But the reference may be to the Maccabees having put to flight the Syrians and other foes.

Hebrews 11:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Faith of Many
33who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection;…
Cross References
Exodus 18:4
and the other was named Eliezer, for he said, "My father's God was my helper; he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh."

Judges 7:21
While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.

Judges 15:8
He attacked them viciously and slaughtered many of them. Then he went down and stayed in a cave in the rock of Etam.

Judges 15:15
Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.

1 Samuel 17:51
David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.

1 Samuel 18:11
and he hurled it, saying to himself, "I'll pin David to the wall." But David eluded him twice.

1 Samuel 19:10
Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.

2 Samuel 8:1
In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Metheg Ammah from the control of the Philistines.

2 Samuel 10:15
After the Arameans saw that they had been routed by Israel, they regrouped.

1 Kings 19:1
Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword.

2 Kings 6:1
The company of the prophets said to Elisha, "Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us.

Psalm 124:7
We have escaped like a bird from the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.

Psalm 144:10
to the One who gives victory to kings, who delivers his servant David. From the deadly sword

Daniel 3:23
and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.

Daniel 3:27
and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

Luke 21:24
They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
Treasury of Scripture

Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

Quenched.

Psalm 66:12 You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire …

Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through …

Daniel 3:19-28 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage …

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

escaped.

1 Samuel 20:1 And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, …

2 Samuel 21:16,17 And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of …

1 Kings 19:3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to …

2 Kings 6:16-18,32 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than …

Job 5:20 In famine he shall redeem you from death: and in war from the power …

Psalm 144:10 It is he that gives salvation to kings: who delivers David his servant …

Jeremiah 26:24 Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah…

out of.

Judges 7:19-25 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came to the outside …

Judges 8:4-10 And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred …

Judges 15:14-20 And when he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and …

Judges 16:19-30 And she made him sleep on her knees; and she called for a man, and …

2 Kings 20:7 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on …

Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his …

Psalm 6:8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard …

2 Corinthians 12:9,10 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

turned.

1 Samuel 14:13 And Jonathan climbed up on his hands and on his feet, and his armor …

1 Samuel 17:51,52 Therefore David ran, and stood on the Philistine, and took his sword, …

2 Samuel 8:1 And after this it came to pass that David smote the Philistines, …

2 Chronicles 14:11-14 And Asa cried to the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing …

2 Chronicles 16:1-9 In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of …

2 Chronicles 20:6-25 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, are not you God in heaven? and …

2 Chronicles 32:20-22 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the …

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