Hebrews 11:16

“But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But now they desire a better countrey, that is, an heauenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to bee called their God: for he hath prepared for thē a city.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But as it is, they desire a better {country,} that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But now they desire a better `country', that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But now their desire is for a better country, that is to say, for one in heaven; and so it is no shame to God to be named their God; for he has made ready a town for them.
- Basic English Bible

but now they seek a better, that is, a heavenly; wherefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God; for he has prepared for them a city.
- Darby Bible

But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city.
- Webster's Bible

but, as it is, we see them eager for a better land, that is to say, a heavenly one. For this reason God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has now prepared a city for them.
- Weymouth Bible

But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
- World English Bible

but now thei desiren a betere, that is to seie, heuenli. Therfor God is not confoundid to be clepid the God of hem; for he made redi to hem a citee.
- Wycliffe Bible

but now they long for a better, that is, an heavenly, wherefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God, for He did prepare for them a city.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 11:16


11:16 But they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly - This is a full convincing proof that the patriarchs had a revelation and a promise of eternal glory in heaven. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: seeing he hath prepared for them a city - Worthy of God to give.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 11:16


Heb 11:16 But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly. They desired a country better than Chaldea, better even than Canaan. They had a faith which looked for a heavenly country.

Discussion for Hebrews 11

  • 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.


  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Vanna, you say don't fight, it is just a bible that teaches us how to live. Read Jude 1:3, Job 13:8, 2 Corinthians 10:5, etc. God says FIGHT, you say don't. These verses teach us how we are to in part; live in faith, walk in truth, fight the good fight. Test the spirits with God's word.
  • Vanna
    It does not matter it is just a bible that teaches us how we are to live. We do not need to fight over the bible. We are lukky to even have a guide.
  • Darrell
    Sorry that was Malachi 3:6-10

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