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

  • Moses
    I have a strong zeal to love, serve and ever remain dedicated, committed to him because he is a God of believability credibility.
  • Steve morrow
    colossians 1:5 for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel colossians 1:21 and you that---were---sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works yet now hath HE reconciled 1:22 in the body of HIS flesh through death to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in HIS sight 1:23-----IF YOU CONTINUE-----in the faith grounded and settled and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you have heard and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven whereof I paul am made a minister -------JAMES 2:5 HEARKEN MY BELOVED BRETHREN HATH NOT GOD CHOSEN THE POOR OF THIS WORLD RICH IN FAITH AND HEIRS OF THE KINGDOM WHICH HE HATH PROMISED TO ---THEM THAT LOVE HIM--------1 PETER 4:11 IF ANY MAN SPEAK LET HIM SPEAK AS THE ORACLES OF GOD IF ANY MAN MINISTER LET HIM DO IT AS OF THE ABILITY WHICH GOD GIVETH THAT GOD IN ALL THINGS MAY BE GLORIFIED THROUGH JESUS CHRIST TO WHOM BE PRAISE AND DOMINION FOR EVER AND EVER AMEN
  • Brian K Porr
    thank God that He has preserved His word because Faith commeth by hearing and by hearing the word of God.This stirs God's Word the heart of a man.To God be all the golry. Thank God for preserving His Word because faith commeth by hearing and by hearing the Word of God. This stirs God's Word the heart of a man. To God be all the Glory. Very simple all credit to Him.
  • Eric
    To grow in faith is to walk with faithful people, when you can't trace him trust in him
  • Librarygal143
    I believe, God. Thank you, Amen.
  • 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.