New Living Translation
For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.
King James Bible
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
Darby Bible Translation
God having foreseen some better thing for us, that they should not be made perfect without us.
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.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
11:40 God having provided some better thing for us - Namely, everlasting glory. That they might not be perfected without us - That is, that we might all be perfected together in heaven.
I do think this triumph of faith over sin is not the least here recorded, but that if there be any superiority ascribable to any one of faith's exploits, this is, in some sense, the greatest of all. What! faith, didst thou fight with hideous lust? What! wouldst thou struggle with the fiery passion which sendeth forth flame from human breasts? What! wouldst thou touch with thy hallowed fingers foul and bestial debauchery? "Yea," says faith, "I did encounter this abomination of iniquity; I delivered …
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But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
You have come to the assembly of God's firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect.
Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters--their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred--had joined them.
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