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

  • Rowena
    Faith is not something that we physically muster. The Holy Spirit administers measures of faith to us of us. The more intimate our walk with Him, the closer we become, so our faith in Him grows exponentially. Paul stated that he wanted to know Christ in the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of the suffering He endured not only to be conformed, but also to win God's favor and approval.
  • Jayson Homer
    Yess!! This chapter just blessed my Entire soul and it open my eyes to what faith really is its not just saying God i trust you with a little of my situation its saying "God take full control and let YOUR will be done , all of you and none of me " Amen i truly hope this blesses someone as it did me.
  • Donna Cromb
    What is faith? That was my first thought on reading this chapter long ago. This is what the Holy Spirit showed me, it's a deep abiding conviction in God, a surrender to His will, and a change in conduct from a sinner to more than just a believer. The Hebrews Paul was talking to had become stagnant in their faith and walk with God. He was showing them the truth of deep commitment by those in past.
  • Issiah
    The Faith chapter. Who has faith to move mountains? To heal and resurrect. God the Father. To have faith is to have no doubt in spite of having no visible evidence. Better have a good lawyer. But look unto your composition. What are we. What animates us. Is it not spirit? Is God not spirit, unseen by flesh eyes but evident by the heart within. The Kingdom is within. And God is Reality
  • 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

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