“For by it the elders obtained a good report.”
King James Version (KJV)
11:2 By it the elders - Our forefathers. This chapter is a kind of summary of the Old Testament, in which the apostle comprises the designs, labours, sojournings, expectations, temptations, martyrdoms of the ancients. The former of them had a long exercise of their patience; the latter suffered shorter but sharper trials. Obtained a good testimony - A most comprehensive word. God gave a testimony, not only of them but to them: and they received his testimony as if it had been the things themselves of which he testified, #Heb 11:4|,5,39. Hence they also gave testimony to others, and others testified of them.
Heb 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. The ancient men of God, through faith, so lived, that they have obtained a good name.