Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the euidence of things not seen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now faith is the assurance of {things} hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now faith is assurance of `things' hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the sign that the things not seen are true.
- Basic English Bible

Now faith is [the] substantiating of things hoped for, [the] conviction of things not seen.
- Darby Bible

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
- Webster's Bible

Now faith is a well-grounded assurance of that for which we hope, and a conviction of the reality of things which we do not see.
- Weymouth Bible

Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen.
- World English Bible

But feith is the substaunce of thingis that ben to be hopid, and an argument of thingis not apperynge.
- Wycliffe Bible

And faith is of things hoped for a confidence, of matters not seen a conviction,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 11:1


11:1 The definition of faith given in this verse, and exemplified in the various instances following, undoubtedly includes justifying faith, but not directly as justifying. For faith justifies only as it refers to, and depends on, Christ. But here is no mention of him as the object of faith; and in several of the instances that follow, no notice is taken of him or his salvation, but only of temporal blessings obtained by faith. And yet they may all be considered as evidences of the power of justifying faith in Christ, and of its extensive exercise in a course of steady obedience amidst difficulties and dangers of every kind. Now faith is the subsistence of things hoped for, the evidence or conviction of things not seen - Things hoped for are not so extensive as things not seen. The former are only things future and joyful to us ; the latter are either future, past, or present, and those either good or evil, whether to us or others. The subsistence of things hoped for - Giving a kind of present subsistence to the good things which God has promised: the divine supernatural evidence exhibited to, the conviction hereby produced in, a believer of things not seen, whether past, future, or spiritual; particularly of God and the things of God.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 11:1


Heb 11:1 Living by Faith SUMMARY OF HEBREWS 11: Faith Explained. The Faith of the Elders. Remarkable Examples of Ancient Faith. All Seeking for a Better Country. The Victories of Faith. The Sufferings Ended by Faith. Christians Exhorted to Follow These Glorious Examples. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for. The old meaning of "substance", as well as of "hupostasis", the Greek word here used, is "stand under", that is, to be a foundation. Faith is the foundation on which all our hopes for the future are built. The evidence of things not seen. Rather, the conviction or persuasion of things not seen. Without faith we would be limited to the very narrow world comprehended by the senses.

Discussion for Hebrews 11

  • Librarygal143
    I believe, God. Thank you, Amen.
  • CHUKS
    I think Heb 11:6 is a vital part of Christian life. All we seek and want to be in life anchors on Faith. Living to fulfill His purpose concerning our life centers on our Faith too. Remember also that ... When a man's way pleases the Lord... and in pleasing the Lord, our Steadfast Faith in GOD is most essential.
  • BSP
    This verse shows that we must have faith in order to please God because it says that it is impossible to please God without faith. We must believe not only that he exists, but also that He will reward those who put faith in Him.
  • Lilian
    FAITH IS A GIFT FROM GOD OUR FAITH COMES ONLY BY HEARING THE WORDS OF GOD WITHOUT HEARING AND OBEYING THE WORDS OF GOD ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM. WE MUST ACCEPT THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD HE WAS SENT DOWN NOT TO CONDEMNED BUT THE WORLD MIGHT BE SAVE. THANKS TO THE BLOOD OF JESUS ALWAYS. BY HIS BLOOD WE ARE PARDONED. I WILL WORSHIP YOU JESUS FOR YOU ARE WORTHY TO BE PRAISE AMEN
  • Daniel
    Faith, believing with all we have mind, body and soul anything is possible through the word of God. Christ said having faith a grain of mustard seed, you could command a mountain to move and so it shall be done. Without faith hope is not provided proper justice.
  • Sylvia
    To Lily,
    We don't have to work hard to seek GOD's approval. We must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him. Without faith it's impossible to please him. Obey God and trust in HIS word.