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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament
Hebrews 11



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Verse 1

The substance of, &c.; strong confidence in respect to, &c.

Verse 2

The elders; the persons living in former times; those enumerated in the sequel.

Verse 3

We understand; that is, we believe.

Verse 4

Of his gifts; of the nature and acceptableness of his offerings. (Genesis 4:4.)

Verse 5

By faith; in consequence of his faith. (Genesis 5:24.)

Verse 7

Noah; Genesis 7:1-9.

Verse 8

Abraham; Genesis 12:1-4.

Verse 9

The land of promise; the land which had been promised him,--In tabernacles; in tents; that is, leading a wandering life in it, without having any permanent possession.

Verse 12

As good as dead; on account of his advanced age.

Verse 13

Not having received the promises; not having realized the fulfilment of them.--Embraced them; confided in them.

Verse 14

A country; another country; that is, a heavenly country, as explained in Hebrews 11:16.

Verse 17

Hebrews 11:17; Genesis 22:1-10.

Verse 19

From whence also, &c.; that is, he did in fact receive him as from the dead. Whether the apostle here refers to the circumstances of his birth, as referred to in Hebrews 11:12, or to the extraordinary interposition by which he was rescued from the sacrificial pile, is not certain.

Verse 20

Hebrews 11:20; Genesis 27:27-40.

Verse 21

Hebrews 11:21; Genesis 47:31. The word translated bed in our version of Genesis, is rendered by a word signifying staff in the Septuagint. See Hebrews 10:5, and note.

Verse 22

Hebrews 11:22; Genesis 50:24-26; Joshua 24:32.

Verse 23

Hebrews 11:23; Exodus 2:2.--The king's commandment; Exodus 1:16,22.

Verse 24

To be called the son, &c. to be attached to the court and the royal family.

Verse 25

The people of God; the Israelites.

Verse 26

The reproach of Christ; reproach like that which Christ endured; that is, contumely and suffering incurred for the benefit of others.

Verse 29

Hebrews 11:29; Exodus 14:13-31:

Verse 30

By faith; that is, the faith exercised by Joshua and his followers. (Joshua 6:12-20.)

Verse 31

Hebrews 11:31; Joshua 6:22-25.

Verse 32

Gedeon; Judeges 6:1-8:35:--Barak; Judeges 4:6-5:31:--Samson; Judeges 13:24-16:31:--Jephthae; Judeges 11:1-12:7:

Verse 34

The aliens; the idolatrous tribes of Canaan.

Verse 35

Women received, &c.; perhaps referring to the account commencing 2 Kings 4:8-37.--A better resurrection; a better salvation than deliverance from earthly sufferings.

Verse 39

Received not the promise; they did not realize the promised coming of the Messiah.

Verse 40

Some better thing; the gospel dispensation.--Without us; without our dispensation.--Be made perfect; have their desires and hopes fulfilled.


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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on Hebrews 11:4". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". 1878.

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