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

  • Irene123
    To Enala K. - as long as what you want to be is God's will. You can know if it is His will by searching out His commandments; John 14:15. The epistles after Acts have many of His commandments. They are letters to already established churches that give the saints instructions on holy living.
  • Enala kangwa
    by faith i can do a lot i can become who i want to be knowing that my faith pleases God....thank you holy spirit for bringing me to this site
  • 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.
  • 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.

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