Hebrews 11:6
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New International Version
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

New Living Translation
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

English Standard Version
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

New American Standard Bible
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

King James Bible
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.

International Standard Version
Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently search for him.

NET Bible
Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But without faith, no one can please God, for whoever is brought near to God must believe that he exists and that he is the rewarder of those who seek him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No one can please God without faith. Whoever goes to God must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But without faith it is impossible to please God; for he that comes to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.

King James 2000 Bible
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

American King James Version
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

American Standard Version
And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him ; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But without faith it is impossible to please God. For he that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and is a rewarder to them that seek him.

Darby Bible Translation
But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]. For he that draws near to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them who seek him out.

English Revised Version
And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him.

Webster's Bible Translation
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Weymouth New Testament
But where there is no faith it is impossible truly to please Him; for the man who draws near to God must believe that there is a God and that He proves Himself a rewarder of those who earnestly try to find Him.

World English Bible
Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.

Young's Literal Translation
and apart from faith it is impossible to please well, for it behoveth him who is coming to God to believe that He is, and to those seeking Him He becometh a rewarder.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:4-7 Here follow some illustrious examples of faith from the Old Testament. Abel brought a sacrifice of atonement from the firstlings of the flock, acknowledging himself a sinner who deserved to die, and only hoping for mercy through the great Sacrifice. Cain's proud rage and enmity against the accepted worshipper of God, led to the awful effects the same principles have produced in every age; the cruel persecution, and even murder of believers. By faith Abel, being dead, yet speaketh; he left an instructive and speaking example. Enoch was translated, or removed, that he should not see death; God took him into heaven, as Christ will do the saints who shall be alive at his second coming. We cannot come to God, unless we believe that he is what he has revealed himself to be in the Scripture. Those who would find God, must seek him with all their heart. Noah's faith influenced his practice; it moved him to prepare an ark. His faith condemned the unbelief of others; and his obedience condemned their contempt and rebellion. Good examples either convert sinners or condemn them. This shows how believers, being warned of God to flee from the wrath to come, are moved with fear, take refuge in Christ, and become heirs of the righteousness of faith.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. The purpose of this verse, in connection with the conclusion of the last, is to show that the Scripture record does imply faith in Enoch, though there is no mention of it there by name: it is of necessity involved in the phrase, εὐηρέστεσε τῷ Θεῷ. The expression in the Hebrew, "walked with God" (be it observed), involves it equally; so that the argument is not affected by the quotation being kern the LXX.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But without faith it is impossible to please him,.... Or do things well pleasing in his sight; or any of the duties of religion, in an acceptable way; as prayer, praise, attendance on the word and ordinances, or any good works whatever; because such are without Christ, and without his Spirit; and have neither right principles, nor right ends: for this is not to be understood of the persons of God's elect, as considered in Christ; in whom they are well pleasing to him before faith; being loved by him with an everlasting love; and chosen in Christ, before the foundation of the world; See Gill on Romans 8:8.

for he that cometh to God; to the throne of, his grace, to pray unto him, to implore his grace and mercy, help and assistance; to the house of God, to worship, and serve him, and in order to enjoy his presence, and have communion with him; which coming ought to be spiritual and with the heart; and supposes spiritual life; and must be through Christ, and by faith: wherefore such a comer to God,

must believe that he is; or exists, as the Arabic version; and he must not barely believe his existence, but that, as it is revealed in the word: he must believe in the three Persons in the Godhead; that the first Person is the Father of Christ; that the second Person is both the Son of God, and Mediator; and that the third Person is the Spirit of them both, and the applier of all grace; for God the Father is to be approached unto, through Christ the Mediator, by the guidance and assistance of the Spirit: and he must believe in the perfections of God; that he is omniscient, and knows his person and wants; is omnipotent, and can do for him, beyond his thoughts and petitions; is all sufficient, and that his grace is sufficient for him; that he is immutable, in his purposes and covenant; that he is true and faithful to his promises; and is the God of grace, love, and mercy: and he must believe in him, not only as the God of nature and providence, but as his covenant God and Father in Christ:

and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him; who are such, as are first sought out by him; and who seek him in Christ, where he is only to be found; and that with their whole hearts, and above all things else: and, of such, God is a rewarder, in a way of grace; with himself, who is their exceeding great reward; and with his Son, and all things with him; with more grace; and, at last, with eternal glory, the reward of the inheritance.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. without—Greek, "apart from faith": if one be destitute of faith (compare Ro 14:23).

to please—Translate, as Alford does, the Greek aorist, "It is impossible to please God at all" (Ro 8:8). Natural amiabilities and "works done before the grace of Christ are not pleasant to God, forasmuch as they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ; yea, rather, for that they are not done as God hath willed them to be done, we doubt not but they have the nature of sin" [Article XIII, Book of Common Prayer]. Works not rooted in God are splendid sins [Augustine].

he that cometh to God—as a worshipper (Heb 7:19).

must believe—once for all: Greek aorist tense.

that God is—is the true self-existing Jehovah (as contrasted with all so-called gods, not gods, Ga 4:8), the source of all being, though he sees Him not (Heb 11:1) as being "invisible" (Heb 11:27). So Enoch; this passage implies that he had not been favored with visible appearances of God, yet he believed in God's being, and in God's moral government, as the Rewarder of His diligent worshippers, in opposition to antediluvian skepticism. Also Moses was not so favored before he left Egypt the first time (Heb 11:27); still he believed.

and … is—a different Greek verb from the former "is." Translate, "is eventually"; proves to be; literally, "becomes."

rewarder—renderer of reward [Alford]. So God proved to be to Enoch. The reward is God Himself diligently "sought" and "walked with" in partial communion here, and to be fully enjoyed hereafter. Compare Ge 15:1, "I am thy exceeding great reward."

of them—and them only.

diligently seek—Greek, "seek out" God. Compare "seek early," Pr 8:17. Not only "ask" and "seek," but "knock," Mt 7:7; compare Heb 11:12; Lu 13:24, "Strive" as in an agony of contest.

Hebrews 11:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Faith of Abel, Enoch, Noah
5By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. 6And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. 7By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
Cross References
Matthew 11:26
Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

Hebrews 7:19
(for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
Treasury of Scripture

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

without.

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Hebrews 4:2,6 For to us was the gospel preached, as well as to them: but the word …

Numbers 14:11 And the LORD said to Moses, How long will this people provoke me? …

Numbers 20:12 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, Because you believed me not, …

Psalm 78:22,32 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation…

Psalm 106:21,22,24 They forgot God their savior, which had done great things in Egypt…

Isaiah 7:9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's …

Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall …

John 3:18,19 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not …

John 8:24 I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins: for if …

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, …

he that. See on ch.

Hebrews 7:25 Why he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God …

Job 21:14 Therefore they say to God, Depart from us; for we desire not the …

Psalm 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in …

Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall live; …

Jeremiah 2:31 O generation, see you the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness …

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

must.

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and …

a rewarder.

Hebrews 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures …

Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, …

Ruth 2:12 The LORD recompense your work, and a full reward be given you of …

Psalm 58:11 So that a man shall say, Truly there is a reward for the righteous: …

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness …

Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: …

Matthew 6:1,2,5,16 Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: …

Matthew 10:41,42 He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive …

Luke 6:35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing …

diligently.

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

Psalm 105:3,4 Glory you in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD…

Psalm 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought you: O let me not wander from your …

Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Songs 3:1-4 By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loves: I sought him, …

Jeremiah 29:13,14 And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me …

Matthew 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and …

Luke 12:31 But rather seek you the kingdom of God; and all these things shall …

2 Peter 1:5,10 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; …

2 Peter 3:14 Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that …

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