Hebrews 11:3
New International Version
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

New Living Translation
By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

English Standard Version
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

Berean Study Bible
By faith we understand that the universe was formed by God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Berean Literal Bible
By faith we understand the universe to have been formed by the word of God, so that the things being seen have not been made from the things being visible.

New American Standard Bible
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

King James Bible
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Christian Standard Bible
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

Contemporary English Version
Because of our faith, we know that the world was made at God's command. We also know that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen.

Good News Translation
It is by faith that we understand that the universe was created by God's word, so that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
By faith we understand that the universe was created by God's command, so that what is seen has been made from things that are not visible.

International Standard Version
By faith we understand that time was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are invisible.

NET Bible
By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God's command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible.

New Heart English Bible
By faith, we understand that the ages were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which are visible.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For by faith we understand that the worlds were fashioned by the word of God, and these things that are seen came into being out of those things which are unseen.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Faith convinces us that God created the world through his word. This means what can be seen was made by something that could not be seen.

New American Standard 1977
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Through faith we understand that the ages were framed by the word of God, that which is seen being made of that which was not seen.

King James 2000 Bible
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

American King James Version
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

American Standard Version
By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear.

Douay-Rheims Bible
By faith we understand that the world was framed by the word of God; that from invisible things visible things might be made.

Darby Bible Translation
By faith we apprehend that the worlds were framed by [the] word of God, so that that which is seen should not take its origin from things which appear.

English Revised Version
By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which do appear.

Webster's Bible Translation
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which appeared.

Weymouth New Testament
Through faith we understand that the worlds came into being, and still exist, at the command of God, so that what is seen does not owe its existence to that which is visible.

World English Bible
By faith, we understand that the universe has been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which are visible.

Young's Literal Translation
by faith we understand the ages to have been prepared by a saying of God, in regard to the things seen not having come out of things appearing;
Study Bible
Faith and Assurance
2This is why the ancients were commended. 3By faith we understand that the universe was formed by God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 4By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous when God gave approval to his gifts. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.…
Cross References
Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 33:6
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the stars by the breath of His mouth.

Psalm 33:9
For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood fast.

John 1:3
Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made.

Romans 4:17
As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the presence of God, in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not yet exist.

1 Corinthians 2:7
No, we speak of the mysterious and hidden wisdom of God, which He destined for our glory before time began.

1 Timothy 4:5
because it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Hebrews 1:2
But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.

Hebrews 6:5
who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age--

2 Peter 3:5
But they deliberately overlook the fact that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water,

Treasury of Scripture

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

faith.

Hebrews 1:2
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Genesis 2:1
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.







Lexicon
By faith
Πίστει (Pistei)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4102: Faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.

we understand that
νοοῦμεν (nooumen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3539: From nous; to exercise the mind, i.e. to comprehend, heed.

the
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

universe
αἰῶνας (aiōnas)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 165: From the same as aei; properly, an age; by extension, perpetuity; by implication, the world; specially a Messianic period.

was formed
κατηρτίσθαι (katērtisthai)
Verb - Perfect Infinitive Middle or Passive
Strong's Greek 2675: From kata and a derivative of artios; to complete thoroughly, i.e. Repair or adjust.

by God’s command,
ῥήματι (rhēmati)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4487: From rheo; an utterance, ; by implication, a matter or topic; with a negative naught whatever.

so that
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

what
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

is seen
βλεπόμενον (blepomenon)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 991: (primarily physical), I look, see, perceive, discern. A primary verb; to look at.

was not made
γεγονέναι (gegonenai)
Verb - Perfect Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

out of
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

what
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

was visible.
φαινομένων (phainomenōn)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 5316: Prolongation for the base of phos; to lighten, i.e. Show.
(3) Through faith.--Rather, By faith, as in the following verses. The first place is not given to "the elders," for the writer's object is to set forth the achievements of faith. With these, he would say, the Scripture record is filled. Even where there is no mention of this principle we must trace it in the lives of God's servants; even where there is no history of men, there is a necessity for the exercise of faith by ourselves, and the first words of Scripture teach this lesson.

That the worlds were framed.--Literally, that the ages have been prepared. The remarkable expression which was used in Hebrews 1:2 is here repeated. The complete preparation of all that the successive periods of time contain is the idea which the words present. The narrative of the first chapter of Genesis ascribes the whole creation of "the heaven and the earth" to God; and associates with "a word of God" every stage in the preparation and furnishing of the earth. (See Note on Hebrews 1:2.) This is the first lesson of that record. But it does not stand alone, as is taught more plainly still by the next clause.

So that things which are seen.--A slight alteration in the Greek is necessary here--"the thing seen" (or "what is seen") being the true reading. A more important point is a change in the aspect of the whole clause, which the Greek seems to require. As the English words stand, they point out the significance of the statement of Scripture respecting the creative act: we believe the writer intended rather to state the divine purpose in relation to that first creation and all subsequent acts that are included in the "preparing of the ages." "In order that what is seen should not have come into being out of things which appear." This is probably the true meaning of the clause. In the narrative of the first chapter of Genesis God would have us learn a lesson for the whole course of human history and development. As the visible universe did not take its being out of what was apparent, so what from time to time is seen does not arise of itself out of what is manifest to man's natural perceptions. Not only is the eternity of matter denied, but from the beginning a warning has been given against a materialistic philosophy. The first page of Scripture is designed to teach the constant presence and work of the Creator. This lesson we learn and apply by faith; and the result of its application is seen in many points of the history which follows. In that history the operation of faith is twofold. The writer's most obvious design is to call attention to the faith possessed by "the elders," and its wonderful triumphs; but it is in many cases by the same faith that we interpret the Scripture record so as to discover this to have been their guiding principle. But seldom does the Old Testament directly speak of faith, and hence the importance of this verse (which some have thought incongruous, since it retards the exhibition of the elders' faith) as throwing light on our interpretation of the teaching of God's word.

Verse 3. - By faith we perceive that the worlds have been framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen (or, that which is seen) have (or, has) not been made of things which do appear. "By the word of God" has reference to "and God said," of Genesis 1, which chapter enunciates the primary article of all definite religions faith, viz. the existence and operation of God, as the unseen Author of the visible universe. Even without a revelation to declare this, faith's office is to apprehend it from observation of the phenomena themselves; as is intimated in Romans 1:20, where even to the Greek "the invisible things of God from the creation of the world" are said to be "clearly seen, being understood [νοούμενα: cf νοοῦμεν in the passage before us] by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead." The drift of both passages is the same, viz. this, and no more - that faith recognizes an unseen power and Godhead behind, and accounting for, the seen universe. Commentators, who - taking μὴ ἐκ φαινομένων as equivalent to ἐκ μὴ φαινομένων, and hence seeking to explain what is meant by "non-apparent things" - perceive here a reference either to the formless void (Genesis 1:2) out of which the present creation was evolved, or to the Platonic conception of eternal ideas in the Divine mind, read into the text what is not there. 11:1-3 Faith always has been the mark of God's servants, from the beginning of the world. Where the principle is planted by the regenerating Spirit of God, it will cause the truth to be received, concerning justification by the sufferings and merits of Christ. And the same things that are the object of our hope, are the object of our faith. It is a firm persuasion and expectation, that God will perform all he has promised to us in Christ. This persuasion gives the soul to enjoy those things now; it gives them a subsistence or reality in the soul, by the first-fruits and foretastes of them. Faith proves to the mind, the reality of things that cannot be seen by the bodily eye. It is a full approval of all God has revealed, as holy, just, and good. This view of faith is explained by many examples of persons in former times, who obtained a good report, or an honourable character in the word of God. Faith was the principle of their holy obedience, remarkable services, and patient sufferings. The Bible gives the most true and exact account of the origin of all things, and we are to believe it, and not to wrest the Scripture account of the creation, because it does not suit with the differing fancies of men. All that we see of the works of creation, were brought into being by the command of God.
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