“Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,”
King James Version (KJV)
11:33-34 David, in particular, subdued kingdoms. Samuel (not excluding the rest) wrought righteousness. The prophets, in general, obtained promises, both for themselves, and to deliver to others. Prophets also stopped the mouths of lions, as Daniel; and quenched the violence of fire, as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. To these examples, whence the nature of faith clearly appears, those more ancient ones are subjoined, (by a transposition, and in an inverted order,) which receive light from these. Jephthah escaped the edge of the sword; Samson out of weakness was made strong; Barak became valiant in fight; Gideon put to flight armies of the aliens. Faith animates to the most heroic enterprises, both civil and military. Faith overcomes all impediments effects the greatest things; attains to the very best; and inverts, by its miraculous power the very course of nature. #2Sa 8:1|,&c.; 1Sa 8:9,&c.; 1Sa 13:3,&c.; #Da 6:22|; Da 3:27; Jud 12:3; Jud 15:19,&c.; #Jud 16:28|,&c.; Jud 4:14,&c.; Jud 7:21.
Heb 11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms. Some of those named subdued kingdoms, as Barak, Gideon, David. Obtained promises. Promises were made to many of the worthies named. Stopped the mouth of lions. The case of Daniel is the most remarkable. See Da 6:20.