Hebrews 11:40
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New International Version
since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

New Living Translation
For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

English Standard Version
since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Berean Study Bible
God had planned something better for us, so that together with us they would be made perfect.

Berean Literal Bible
God having planned something better for us, so that not apart from us, they should be made perfect.

New American Standard Bible
because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.

King James Bible
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
since God had provided something better for us, so that they would not be made perfect without us.

International Standard Version
since God had planned something better for us, so that they would not be perfected without us.

NET Bible
For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because God provided for our benefit that they would not be made perfect without us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God planned to give us something very special so that we would gain eternal life with them.

New American Standard 1977
because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Jubilee Bible 2000
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

King James 2000 Bible
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

American King James Version
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

American Standard Version
God having provided some better thing concerning us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Douay-Rheims Bible
God providing some better thing for us, that they should not be perfected without us.

Darby Bible Translation
God having foreseen some better thing for us, that they should not be made perfect without us.

English Revised Version
God having provided some better thing concerning us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Webster's Bible Translation
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Weymouth New Testament
for God had provided for them and us something better, so that apart from us they were not to attain to full blessedness.

World English Bible
God having provided some better thing concerning us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Young's Literal Translation
God for us something better having provided, that apart from us they might not be made perfect.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
11:39,40 The world considers that the righteous are not worthy to live in the world, and God declares the world is not worthy of them. Though the righteous and the worldlings widely differ in their judgment, they agree in this, it is not fit that good men should have their rest in this world. Therefore God receives them out of it. The apostle tells the Hebrews, that God had provided some better things for them, therefore they might be sure that he expected as good things from them. As our advantages, with the better things God has provided for us, are so much beyond theirs, so should our obedience of faith, patience of hope, and labour of love, be greater. And unless we get true faith as these believers had, they will rise up to condemn us at the last day. Let us then pray continually for the increase of our faith, that we may follow these bright examples, and be, with them, at length made perfect in holiness and happiness, and shine like the sun in the kingdom of our Father for evermore.
Study Bible
The Faith of Many
39These were all commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised. 40God had planned something better for us, so that together with us they would be made perfect.
Cross References
Hebrews 11:16
Instead, they were longing for a better country, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

Hebrews 12:23
in joyful assembly, to the congregation of the firstborn, enrolled in heaven. You have come to God the judge of all men, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,

Revelation 6:11
Then each of them was given a white robe and told to rest a little while longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers, were killed, just as they had been killed.
Treasury of Scripture

God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

provided. or, foreseen. better.

Hebrews 7:19,22 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better …

Hebrews 8:6 But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also …

Hebrews 9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens …

Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of …

they without.

Hebrews 9:8-15 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of …

Hebrews 10:11-14 And every priest stands daily ministering and offering oftentimes …

Romans 3:25,26 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…

made.

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation …

Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written …

Revelation 6:11 And white robes were given to every one of them; and it was said …

The apostle in the early part of the chapter having given us a general account of the grace of faith, proceeds to set before us some illustrious examples of it in Old Testament times. The leading instance and example of faith recorded, is that of righteous Abel: one of the first saints and the first martyr for religion--one who lived by faith and died for it, and therefore a fit pattern for the Hebrews to imitate. It is observable that the Holy Spirit has not thought fit to say any thing here of the faith of our first parents; and yet the church of God has generally, by a pious charity, taken it for granted that God gave them repentance and faith in the promised seed; that he instructed them in the mystery of sacrificing, that they instructed their children in it, and that they found mercy with God, after they had ruined themselves and all their posterity. But God has left the matter still under some doubt, as a warning to all who have great talents given to them, and a great trust reposed in them, that they do not prove unfaithful, since God would not enrol our first parents among the number of believers in this blessed calendar.--Henry.

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