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 11:1

  • This kind of definition about faith, it is not so useful for them who need it.We cannot use it always in our reasoning and search.Why? Because faith is a big subject, we cannot sometimes even define it. Doing this, we limit the definition of faith itself and we imagine a standard of the concept we cannot accept. Superstition was the basis in this biblical period. Unusefull before, and too simple now.
  • ARMSTRONG OPONDO for verse 1
    Hebrews 11,,,Speaks to as about faith,,,,and according to my understanding whoever sincerely believes in God, will undoubtedly lack nothing,,,GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU STRONGLY CONTINUE BELIEVING IN HIM. AMEN.
  • Gary Jemison for verse 1
    This is a powerful faith scripture. The first word is spelled in the king James Bible with all capitols. NOW To me this means Right NOW Faith
  • ALOZIE ABEL COLLINS for verse 1
    faith as substance of things hope for, in my understanding is that sure feeling in a man that God 's is able to do all he promised to do. such as belief,trust,obidient,expectancy etc 'evidence of things not seen ' means our atittude towards those things we hope for that has not yet come to reality. eg being excited over a particular promise as if you have already recieved it.
  • Faith is the substance of things hoped for..things not seen. When the Holy Spirit descends upon you, it is proof of God. No man can stand there and deny His existence from that moment on. It is not something any of us can prove exists, yet it is as real as the sun, the moon and the stars.
  • MockingBird for verse 1
    Faith is a tangible force The word of God is my faith. Fear is a tangible force. They are opposite of each other. Faith activates God on my behalf and fear activates the devil against me. Faith is my evidence that what God said in His word it will stand the test and bring forth the fruit of His word There is nothing stronger than Faith because that is who God is . Faith was brought out when Jesus was brought forth. He was from the beginning. He is from Genesis to Revelation. Praise God for His Word. His word will accomplish what He desires !!!!