Hebrews 11:36
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New International Version
Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.

New Living Translation
Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons.

English Standard Version
Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.

New American Standard Bible
and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.

King James Bible
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and others experienced mockings and scourgings, as well as bonds and imprisonment.

International Standard Version
Still others endured taunts and floggings, and even chains and imprisonment.

NET Bible
And others experienced mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Others entered mockings and scourgings; others were handed over to chains and to prison cells;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some were made fun of and whipped, and some were chained and put in prison.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and others experienced cruel mockings and scourgings, and added to this, bonds and imprisonment;

King James 2000 Bible
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

American King James Version
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yes, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

American Standard Version
and others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And others had trial of mockeries and stripes, moreover also of bands and prisons.

Darby Bible Translation
and others underwent trial of mockings and scourgings, yea, and of bonds and imprisonment.

English Revised Version
and others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

Webster's Bible Translation
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, and, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

Weymouth New Testament
Others again were tested by cruel mockery and by scourging; yes, and by chains and imprisonment.

World English Bible
Others were tried by mocking and scourging, yes, moreover by bonds and imprisonment.

Young's Literal Translation
and others of mockings and scourgings did receive trial, and yet of bonds and imprisonment;
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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 36-38. - And others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented (rather, evil-entreated); (of whom the world was not worthy:) wandering in deserts, and mountains, and dens, and the eaves of the earth. In this general review particular cases may again have suggested some of the expressions used. The mention of "mockings" is prominent in the Maccabean history; "bonds and imprisonments" recall Hanani, Micaiah, and Jeremiah; "they were stoned" recalls Zachariah son of Jehoiada (2 Chronicles 24:20; cf. Matthew 23:35; Luke 11:51; also Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34). "They wandered in sheepskins (μηλωταῖς) and in deserts" peculiarly suggests Elijah (his mantle being called μηλωτής in the LXX., 2 Kings 2:13, 14), though the Maccabean heroes also took refuge in "deserts and mountains" (1 Macc. 2.). "Sawn asunder" (denoting a mode of executing martyrs of which there is no instance in the Old Testament or Apocrypha) most probably refers to a well-known tradition about Isaiah, who is said to have so suffered under Manasseh. Alford thus gives the notices found elsewhere of this tradition: "Justin Martyr 'Trypho,' § 120; Tertullian, 'Cont. Guest. Scorpiac.,' 8, and 'De Patient.,' 14; Origen, Ep. ad African.;' Lactantius, 'Inst.,' 4:11; Ps-Epiphanius, 'Vit. Proph.; Augustine, 'De Civ. Dei,' 18:24; Jerome, on Isaiah 57:1." Jerome calls it a "certissima traditio apud Judaeos," and says that this passage in the Epistle was by most referred to the passion of Isaiah. The tameness and apparent inappropriateness of the verb ἐπειράσθησαν ("were tempted") in ver. 36, in the midst of an enumeration of cruel modes of death, has led to a prevalent view that it is a corruption of the original text. Various conjectures have been made, the most tenable being

(1) that it is an interpolation, arising kern the repetition by some copyist of ἐπρίσθησαν, which was afterwards altered to ἐπωιράσθησαν: or

(2) that it is a substitution for some other word through error in transcription, the most likely conjecture as to the word originally written being ἐπρήσθησαν or ἐπυράσθησαν, equivalent to "were burnt." Either form, especially the latter, might easily be changed to ἐπειράσθησαν: and thus death by fire would have been originally included in the enumeration, which was likely to have been the case, especially since it is mentioned prominently in the account of the martyrdom of the seven sons. But, as there is no authority of any manuscript for a different word, this is mere conjecture; though the omission of the word altogether in some few manuscripts and versions, and variations of reading in others, suggest some uncertainty as to the original text. The word ἐπειράσ θησαν if genuine, may possibly have been suggested by alliteration, and by thought of the temptations to apostatize prominent in the account both of Eleazar and of the seven sons.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And others had trial of cruel mockings,.... As Samson by the Philistines; Elisha by the children, whom the bears devoured; Jeremiah by Pashur, and others; the Jews by Sanballat and Tobiah, when building the temple; the prophets, whom God sent to the Jews, as his messengers, Judges 16:25.

and scourgings; or smitings, as Jeremiah and Micaiah, Jeremiah 20:22.

yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment; as Joseph, Samson, and Jeremiah, Genesis 39:20. Now of these things they had trial, or experience; their graces were tried by them, and they patiently endured them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

36. others—of a different class of confessors for the truth (the Greek is different from that for "others," Heb 11:35, alloi, heteroi).

trial—testing their faith.

imprisonment—as Hanani (2Ch 16:10), imprisoned by Asa. Micaiah, the son of Imlah, by Ahab (1Ki 22:26, 27).

Hebrews 11:36 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Faith of Many
35Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated…
Cross References
Genesis 39:20
Joseph's master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison,

1 Kings 22:27
and say, 'This is what the king says: Put this fellow in prison and give him nothing but bread and water until I return safely.'"

2 Chronicles 18:26
and say, 'This is what the king says: Put this fellow in prison and give him nothing but bread and water until I return safely.'"

Jeremiah 20:2
he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin at the LORD's temple.

Jeremiah 37:15
They were angry with Jeremiah and had him beaten and imprisoned in the house of Jonathan the secretary, which they had made into a prison.

Daniel 11:33
"Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered.
Treasury of Scripture

And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yes, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

mockings.

Judges 16:25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, …

2 Kings 2:23 And he went up from there to Bethel: and as he was going up by the …

2 Chronicles 30:10 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim …

2 Chronicles 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and …

Jeremiah 20:7 O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger …

Matthew 20:19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to whip, and to …

Mark 10:34 And they shall mock him, and shall whip him, and shall spit on him, …

Luke 18:32 For he shall be delivered to the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and …

Luke 23:11,36 And Herod with his men of war set him at nothing, and mocked him, …

and scourgings.

1 Kings 22:24 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on …

Jeremiah 20:2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks …

Jeremiah 37:15 Why the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put …

Matthew 21:35 And the farmers took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, …

Matthew 23:34 Why, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and …

Matthew 27:26 Then released he Barabbas to them: and when he had scourged Jesus, …

Acts 5:40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and …

Acts 16:22,23 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates …

2 Corinthians 11:24,25 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one…

bonds.

Hebrews 10:34 For you had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling …

Genesis 39:20 And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place …

1 Kings 22:27 And say, Thus said the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed …

2 Chronicles 16:10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; …

Psalm 105:17,18 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant…

Jeremiah 20:2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks …

Jeremiah 29:26 The LORD has made you priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, …

Jeremiah 32:2,3,8 For then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem: and Jeremiah …

Jeremiah 36:6 Therefore go you, and read in the roll, which you have written from my mouth…

Jeremiah 37:15-21 Why the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put …

Jeremiah 38:6-13,28 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah …

Jeremiah 39:15 Now the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, while he was shut up in …

Lamentations 3:52-55 My enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause…

Acts 4:3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold to the next day: …

Acts 5:18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.

Acts 8:3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, …

Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered …

Acts 16:24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, …

Acts 21:33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him …

Acts 24:27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, …

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk …

2 Timothy 1:16 The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed …

2 Timothy 2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even to bonds; but the …

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil …

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