Hebrews 11:39
New International Version
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,

New Living Translation
All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised.

English Standard Version
And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised,

Berean Study Bible
These were all commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised.

Berean Literal Bible
And these all, having been commended through the faith, did not receive the promise,

New American Standard Bible
And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,

King James Bible
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

Christian Standard Bible
All these were approved through their faith, but they did not receive what was promised,

Contemporary English Version
All of them pleased God because of their faith! But still they died without being given what had been promised.

Good News Translation
What a record all of these have won by their faith! Yet they did not receive what God had promised,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All these were approved through their faith, but they did not receive what was promised,

International Standard Version
All these people won approval for their faith but they did not receive what was promised,

NET Bible
And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised.

New Heart English Bible
These all, having had testimony given to them through their faith, did not receive the promise,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And all of these, concerning whom there is a testimony of their faith, did not receive The Promise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All these people were known for their faith, but none of them received what God had promised.

New American Standard 1977
And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And these all, approved by testimony of faith, received not the promise,

King James 2000 Bible
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

American King James Version
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

American Standard Version
And these all, having had witness borne to them through their faith, received not the promise,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And all these being approved by the testimony of faith, received not the promise;

Darby Bible Translation
And these all, having obtained witness through faith, did not receive the promise,

English Revised Version
And these all, having had witness borne to them through their faith, received not the promise,

Webster's Bible Translation
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

Weymouth New Testament
And although by their faith all these people won God's approval, none of them received the fulfilment of His great promise;

World English Bible
These all, having had testimony given to them through their faith, didn't receive the promise,

Young's Literal Translation
and these all, having been testified to through the faith, did not receive the promise,
Study Bible
The Faith of Many
38The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and hid in caves and holes in the ground. 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 9:15
Therefore Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, now that He has died to redeem them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.

Hebrews 10:36
You need to persevere, so that after you have done God's will, you will receive what He has promised.

Hebrews 11:2
This is why the ancients were commended.

Hebrews 11:13
All these people died in faith, without having received the things they were promised. However, they saw them and welcomed them from afar. And they acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

Treasury of Scripture

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

See on ver.

Hebrews 11:2,13
For by it the elders obtained a good report…

Luke 10:23,24
And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: …

1 Peter 1:12
Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.







Lexicon
These
οὗτοι (houtoi)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

{were} all
πάντες (pantes)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

commended
μαρτυρηθέντες (martyrēthentes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3140: To witness, bear witness, give evidence, testify, give a good report. From martus; to be a witness, i.e. Testify.

for
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

[their]
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine 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.

faith,
πίστεως (pisteōs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4102: Faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.

[yet] they did not receive
ἐκομίσαντο (ekomisanto)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2865: From a primary komeo; properly, to provide for, i.e. to carry off.

what [was]
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine 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.

promised.
ἐπαγγελίαν (epangelian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1860: A promise. From epaggello; an announcement.
(39) Having obtained a good report.--Now that the history is concluded the word of Hebrews 11:2 is resumed. That in such a faith as was described in Hebrews 11:1 "the elders" received their witness from God, the records themselves have shown; yet "these all, having had witness borne to them through their faith, received not the promise," i.e., the promised blessing. There are three passages of the Epistle which must be kept together--Hebrews 6:15, "And so, having patiently waited, he (Abraham) obtained the promise;" Hebrews 10:36, "Ye have need of endurance, that having done the will of God ye may receive the promise;" and the present versa. To the saints of the Old Testament the promised blessing was future; they obtained it, but not within the limits of this present life. To us the promised blessing is present, revealed to us in its true nature, obtained for us once for all; for we know that eternal redemption has been won through Christ's entering for us once for all into the heavenly sanctuary (Hebrews 9:12), and to us the "perfection" has come, in that through Him we "draw near to God" (Hebrews 7:11; Hebrews 7:19). That (1) the full personal appropriation of the gift is for every one of us still future, and (2) the full revelation belongs to another state of being, is true, but not inconsistent with what has been said.

Vers, 39, 40. - And these all, having obtained a good report (literally, having been witnessed of, as in ver. 2) through faith, received not the promise: God having provided (or, foreseen) some better thing for (literally, concerning) us, that they without us should not be made perfect. There is no contradiction between the assertion here made, that none of the saints of old "received the promise (ἐκομίσαντο τὴν ἐπαγγελίαν) "and its being said of Abraham (Hebrews 6:15) that he did "obtain the promise (ἐπέτυχε τῆς ἐπαγγελίας)." For though in both passages "the promise," i.e. the great Messianic promise (not "premises," as in ver. 33, supra), is spoken of - or at any rate, in the case of Abraham, ultimately referred to - yet the verbs used are different and have different meanings, He "obtained" or attained to it, in the sense of having it confirmed and assured to him and his seed (see note on Hebrews 6:15); but he did not actually get it so as to reduce it to possession and enter into the enjoyment of it. The realization of all that is meant by the word here used is, indeed, even to Christian believers, still future (for cf. Hebrews 10:36, ἵνα κομίσησθε τὴν ἐπαγγελίαν). Nay, it is future also in its fullness, even to the saints at rest; for in the passage just quoted it is plainly intimated that the entire fulfillment will not be till "he that shall come" comes; i.e. till the second advent. The redeemed whose probation on earth is over are indeed, in one sense, said to be already "perfected" (cf. Hebrews 10:14; Hebrews 12:23); but still the "perfect consummation and bliss both in body and soul" is nowhere in the New Testament contemplated till "the end." In the mean time, even the saints under the heavenly altar still cry, "Lord, how long?" and the Spirit and the bride say, "Come, Lord Jesus." The full idea, then, of ver. 40 may be that, according to the eternal Divine purpose, the promise of redemption should not be fully realized till the number of the elect shall be accomplished, and all the redeemed of all ages since the world began shall be gathered together through Christ in one, and God shall be all in all.



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.
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