Hebrews 11:3

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Through faith we vnderstand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seene were not made of things which doe appeare.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear.
- American Standard Version (1901)

By faith it is clear to us that the order of events was fixed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made from things which only seem to be.
- Basic English Bible

By faith we apprehend that the worlds were framed by [the] word of God, so that that which is seen should not take its origin from things which appear.
- Darby Bible

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which appeared.
- Webster's Bible

Through faith we understand that the worlds came into being, and still exist, at the command of God, so that what is seen does not owe its existence to that which is visible.
- Weymouth Bible

By faith, we understand that the universe has been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which are visible.
- World English Bible

Bi feith we vndurstonden that the worldis weren maad bi Goddis word, that visible thingis weren maad of vnuysible thingis.
- Wycliffe Bible

by faith we understand the ages to have been prepared by a saying of God, in regard to the things seen not having come out of things appearing;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Hebrews 11:3


11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds - Heaven and earth and all things in them, visible and invisible. Where made - Formed, fashioned, and finished. By the word - The sole command of God, without any instrument or preceding matter. And as creation is the foundation and specimen of the whole divine economy, so faith in the creation is the foundation and specimen of all faith. So that things which are seen - As the sun, earth, stars. Were made of things which do not appear - Out of the dark, unapparent chaos, #Gen 1:2|. And this very chaos was created by the divine power; for before it was thus created it had no existence in nature.


People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 11:3


Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God. The creation of the world is among "the things not seen", and all our knowledge of it rests upon our faith in the word of God. Indeed, our knowledge of all past history depends upon faith.

Discussion for Hebrews 11

  • Irene123
    When a man's ways please the Lord, Pro. 16:7 - the word 'ways'. I've always thought a persons 'ways' were - things he did, actions he took. Just as Eph. 2:10 says, .....:created unto good WORKS ..... ", and Jas. 2:14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26. I think people are mis-interpreting Rom. 10:9 - taking it out context. To 'confess' is to profess a - faith, which is DOING something.
  • Moses Esau Solomon
    In life GOD first other things follow
  • 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.

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