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

  • Wretched Man
    Faith requires obedience.
    Abraham obeyed God through faith.
    Increase your Faith . . . Increase your Obedience
    The more Obedient you become . . . Faith Increases.
  • Pius
    The only way to please God is to have faith.
  • Sandra Leslie
    Without faith it impossible to please God
  • Aderibigbe anjorin
    Hebrew 11 solve the problem of dark matter and dark energy
  • Darrell
    In verse 7 it says take nothing from Gentiles (or non-believers) Then you have verse 8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth. Receive what We must be fellow helpers to spread the truth to all that will hear That take $
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Darrell, The tithe is OT, With the New Covenant of Jesus Christ the tithe is abolished.
    Read 3 John 1:1-8. V.7 "Ask for nothing." To give a gift is always good.