(Heb 11) GF3: 187f; GF6: 169; GF8: 143 [345], 215f [377], 310 [420]; GFEJ 472; EQ 504 (GF); IP4: 198; RBA 35, 38; HPS 411 (EB); WPR 112; WPT 237f; SBD 45f


(Heb 11)

GF8:143 (1677): by faith the holy men of God [2 Pet 1:21] had victory [1 Jn 5:4], as you may see at large in Heb. xi [Heb 11].

GF8:215f (1682): consider the faith of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the faith of Abel, and Enoch, and Noah, and the faith of Jeremiah, and the rest of the prophets, and the faith of Daniel, and the three children, and the faith of all the apostles, what sufferings and imprisonments they went through; and consider all the martyrs since the apostles' days, consider what sufferings they have gone through [Heb 11]; and God and Christ is the same to uphold you, that are given up in his spirit, power, and faith, to stand for his glory; and be valiant for his truth and name upon the earth [Jer 9:3].

RBA 38 (1678, II:9): ...if the faith of the ancients were not one and the same with ours, i.e agreeing in substance therewith, and receiving the same definition, it had been impertinent for the apostle (Heb 11) to have illustrated the definition of our faith by the examples of that of the ancients, or to go about to move us by the example of Abraham, if Abraham's faith were different in nature from ours.

WPT 237f (1674; Mod Eng): From chapter 11 in the epistle to the Hebrews we can see that true faith has always been essentially the same, and consequently the rule has as well.... the rule must be of the same nature as faith. The faith is inward and spiritual, but no mere book can ever be.

SBD 45f (1750): The author to the Hebrews, in the eleventh chapter, gives us a large account of the faithfulness of the faithful, both men and women, enumerated...that we may be provoked by the strongest examples and inducements to follow the same steps in our pursuit of virtue.


11:1 Now faith is the substance [G: the grounds; B: the ground; T: a sure confidence] of things hoped for, [GT: +and] the evidence [T: a certainty] of things not seen.     qtext

11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report [GT: were well reported of].

11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were [GT: world was] framed [GBT: ordained] by the word of God, so that things which are seen were [things which we see, are] not made of things which do appear [BT: made of things which were (T: are) not seen].     qtext

(Heb 11:1) GF7: 83 [73]; DGA 105, 206; JN3: 447, 454; IPL 15; IP1: 36, 37, 409; IP2: 69, 201; IP3: 190; IP4: 362; RBAF 26; EQ 326 (BC), 504 (GF); WPR 461; WTG 270 (EH)

(Heb 11:1f) EQ 168

(Heb 11:2) MFU 388; WPR 63

(Heb 11:3) GF8: 134 [342]; HPS 351 (EB)


(Heb 11:1)

[Other texts citing Heb 11:1: IP2: 201 (confl Heb 4:3)]

GF7:83 (1654): All Friends, who are in the eternal light, ye see the figures, the shadows, and the types, (the beginning and ending of them,) and with the light ye come to see the substance of the things shadowed and figured forth [Heb 11:1?].

IP1:36 (1658): They that are in the faith, which is the substance of things hoped for under the law [Heb 11:1], are come from all the types and shadows of the law, and from all the heathenish observations of days and times in the spirit of this world, where the spirit of man is hard at work, into the true sabbath, into the true rest, where they have no more to work, but God works all in them in his own time, according to his own pleasure [Phil 2:13].

IP1:409 (1660): The smitings of the religious principle is balm, and its reproofs an excellent oil. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me [Psa 23:4; quotes Psa 97:11]. In all the the tearings, smitings, and rendings of the earthly part (with which the seed also suffers) and the faith in which they are received, is the presence substance of the healing from the eternal virtue hoped for [Heb 11:1].

WTG 270 (Elizabeth Hudson, 175-): From this time I walked by faith, and not by light [2 Cor 5:7], for had now to support me was the substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not seen [Heb 11:1].

(Heb 11:2)

MFU 388 (1665): ...we are rejoiced and can praise the Lord for your valiant sufferings, that ye stand for the contention of the faith that was once delivered unto the saints [Jude 1:3], by which all the elders before you obtained a good report [Heb 11:2]....

(Heb 11:3)

GF8:134 (1676): by this one faith [Eph 4:5], which Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of [Heb 12:2], (by whom all things were made and created [John 1:3],) by it we do understand the worlds were made, [by the word of God,] [Heb 11:3]....

HPS 351 (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1679): Those written words (for Scriptures signifies a Writing) they are publications in testimony of that creating Word of power, by which the worlds were framed; see Heb. 11.3. Yet they do not declare, that the world was made by them; but by that eternal Word which was at the beginning, as is recorded, John 1.1.


11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent [T: plenteous] sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was [B: was witnessed to be] righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it [G: by the which faith also; BT: by which also] he being dead yet speaketh.     qtext

[Heb 11:4 cf Gen 4:3-10]

11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because [GBT: neither was he found, for] God had translated him [BT: taken him away] : for before his translation he had this testimony, that he [GBT: before he was translated (BT: taken away), he was reported of that he had] pleased God.     qtext

[Heb 11:5 cf Gen 5:21-24, Jude 1:14f; Wis 4:10]

11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he [GBT: God] is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently [GBT: omit] seek him.     qtext

11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear [GB :... moved with reverence; T: Noah honoured God after that he was warned of God of things which were not seen, and] prepared an ark to the saving of his house [GT: household]; by the which he condemned the world, and became [G: was made] heir of the righteousness which is [T: cometh] by faith.     qtext

[Heb 11:7 cf Gen 6:8-9:17]

(Heb 11:4-7) HPS 510

(Heb 11:4) GF7: 253 [233], 259 [239], 277 [245]; GF8: 135 [342]; HPS 343 (EB); WPR 597, WPT 396

(Heb 11:4f) GF3: 476; GFT 194; MFU 388; IP4: 246

(Heb 11:5) GFJN 496; GF3: 70, 365, 410; GF4: 288; GF8: 58 [307], 133,5 [342]; GFEJ 353; WPR 462; WPT 344

(Heb 11:6) GFJN 28, 57, 318; GF3: 42, 75, 106, 183, 444, 525; GF4: 123, 288 , 302, 322, 345; GF6: 177; GF7: 131 [133], 203 [206], 237 [223], 253 [233], 310 [259], 322 [262]; GF8: 27 [279], 35 [286], 56 [306], 68 [313], 133 [342], 143 [345], 209 [372], 216 [377], 218 [378], 228 [382], 270 [398], 295 [408]; GFT 38, 60, 230; JN1: 42; JN2: 160, 203, 225; JN3: 70; IP1: 234; IP3: 294; RBA 179; RBAF 136; HPS 359 (EB); WPR 73, 318, 337, 422, 578; WPT 134, 126, 264; JSS 57; SIW 112

(Heb 11:7) GF4: 289; GF8: 133,5 [342]; LB (F55); IP4: 246, 389; RBA 35; RBAF 27


(Heb 11:4)

[Other texts citing Heb 11:4: HPS 343f (under Gen 4:3- 5)]

GF7:253 (1664): let them be of what profession or religion soever, heathen, Jew, or Christian, if they be persecutors about religion with carnal weapons [2 Cor 10:4], they are in Cain's land of Nod, wandering out of the faith of Abel, of the elect; in which faith God accepts the sacrifice [Heb 11:4], and these are in the land of the living; but Cain's land of Nod, where the envious ones are persecuting others about religion, in that land God has respect to none of their sacrifices nor religions.

WPR 597 (1694; WPT 396): ...we may truly say [of George Fox], with a man of old, that being dead, he yet speaketh [Heb 11:4]; and though absent in body he is present in spirit [1 Cor 5:3]; neither time nor place being able to interrupt the communion of the saints, or dissolve the fellowships of the spirits of the just [Heb 12:23].

(Heb 11:5)

[Other texts citing Heb 11:5: GF3:70 (under Heb 12:2)]

GF4:288 (1661): By faith was Enoch translated (Heb 11:5), and so by that faith are all from the death to the life, from the darkness to the light [Acts 26:18], into the endless life [Heb 10:20]....

WPR 462 (1678): This faith that works by love [Gal 5:6], that divine love, which God plants in the heart, it inclines man, and gives him power to forsake all that displeaseth God; and every such believer becomes an Enoch translated [Heb 11:5], that is changed from the fashion of this world, the earthly image, the corrupt nature; and is renewed in the likeness of the Son of God [Col 3:10] and walks with God [Gen 5:24].

(Heb 11:6)

GF often cites Heb 5:6 ("faith by which men please God" or "without which ye cannot please God" or "in which God is pleased") in catalog of quotations about faith. See, e.g., GF7:203 under 1 Jn 5:4, GF8:218 under Heb 10:38.

[Other texts citing Heb 11:6: GF4:288 (under Heb 10:23), GF4: 302 (Rom 3:28), GF7:203 (1 Jn 5:4), GF8:218 (Heb 10:38), WPT 126 (Heb 12:14)]

GF8:35 (1671): Friends,—When you are met together in the name of Jesus your saviour, let your minds be over all to him, and out of all things that change, and perish, and die of itself [Lev 22:18], and will corrupt, and are visible, up to him that is invisible, the Lord God, and his son Jesus Christ, that you may see him and feel him among you, and in your meetings, in his life, and light, and power, and spirit; and that you may know that God is, and that he is the rewarder of all them that diligently seek him [Heb 11:6]; and to know that God is present.

JN2:203 (1655): Consider this, ye professors of the nation, who weep and seek, but find not that which gives peace nor reconciles you to God. Without faith in Christ it's impossible to be well pleasing to God [Heb 11:6], who is your peace; and that's not faith in Christ that lays hold of an imperfect righteousness, for that's your own; but that's the righeousness of God, which by faith in Christ is freely received [Phil 3:9], and the least measure is perfect.

IP1: 233f (1659): There is a faith which is of a man's self, and a faith which is the gift of God [Eph 2:8].... [if knowledge, religion, and worship] proceed from, and stand in, the faith which is of man, they cannot please God [Heb 11:6], nor conduce to the salvation of the soul. But though they may taste very pleasantly to man's palate now, and administer much hope and satisfaction to him at present, yet they will fail at the time of need; for, as Christ said concerning the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees [Mat 5:20], so may I concerning this faith; except your faith, with the works of it, exceeds that faith, and all the works of it (even to the uttermost improvement thereof) which is to be found in man's nature, it will never lead you to the kingdom of God, nor be able to give you any right to the inheritance of life.

WPR 422 (1670): ...men [are] accustomed to entrench upon divine property, to gratify particular interests in the world ... through a misguided apprehension, to imagine they do God good service, that where they cannot give faith, they will use force.... God will not give his honour gto another [Isa 42:8], and to him only that searches the heart and tries the reins [Jer 17:10], it is our duty to ascribe the gifts of understanding and faith, without which none can please God [Heb 11:6].

WPT 263f (1674; Mod Eng): ...from the Light and Witness that God has placed in their consciences, most religions agree on the absolute necessities. These are, that God is; that God rewards those who diligently seek him [Heb 11:6]; the way to God is by purity, patience, humility, etc.; without which no one can see the Lord [Heb 12:14].

JSS 57 (17–): Is he not a "rich rewarder of all who diligently seek him?" [Heb 11:6] But could he be their actual rewarder, before they ever sought him or were in existence?

(Heb 11:7)

GF4:289 (1661): by their faith they have peace with God [Rom 5:1], having victory [1 Jn 5:4] over that that made the separation betwixt them and God, and so the heirs of righteousness by faith [Heb 11:7], and are to inherit Christ Jesus. Gal 3.

IP4:389 (1679): Query 7. "Whether baptism doth not lead men into Christ, as obedience to the mind of God in Noah's time led him into the ark, that we may be saved by Christ, as Noah was by the ark? Ans. It is the Father, by his drawings, that leads men to Christ, and and Christ by his Spirit baptizeth them into himself.... Nor was it obedience in Noah's time which led him into the ark, but God's voice or special command to him, which he received in the faith, ("By faith he prepared the ark." Heb 11:7) which faith produced obedience; so that is faith in the mighty power of God which saves....


11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed [G: +God]; and he went out, not knowing whither he went [BT: should go].     qtext

[Heb 11:8f cf Gen 12:1-8]

11:9 By faith he sojourned in [G: abode in; BT: removed into] the land of promise, as in [BT: into] a strange country, dwelling [G: as one that dwelt; B: when he had dwelt; T: and dwelt] in tabernacles [G: tents] with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:     qtext

11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations [GBT: having a foundation], whose builder and maker is God.     qtext

11:11 Through faith also Sara herself [GT: Sara also] received strength to conceive seed [T: be with child], and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.     qtext

[Heb 11:11 cf Gen 18:1-15, 21:1-7]

11:12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as [G: omits] dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by [G: land of; T: sand of] the sea shore [GT: +which is] innumerable.

[Heb 11:12 cf Gen 22:17f, Josh 11:4]

(Heb 11:8-18) RBA 35, 38

(Heb 11:8-10) GFT 194; JN1: 123; IP3: 374

(Heb 11:8) GF7: 259 [239]; JN1: 161, 509; IP3: 208

(Heb 11:8f) GF3: 70, 365, 410, 476; IP2: 111f; WPR 62

(Heb 11:9f) GF6: 417; GF8: 295 [408]

(Heb 11:10) GF6: 113; GF7: 46 [38], 164 [172], 301 [250]; GF8: 137 [343], 295 [408]; GFEJ 459; GFT 78; DGA 73; MFU 209, 389; JN2: 84; JN3: 136; IP2: 335; IP4: 85; WPR 136; JWJM 101, 205; SIW 127

(Heb 11:11) IP3: 32

(Heb 11:12) GF7: 342 [264]


(Heb 11:8)

[Other texts citing Heb 11:8: JN1:161 (Rom 5:12), JN1:508f (Rom 4:5)]

GF7:259 (1664): And again, look upon the valiant prisoners, and such as stood with the Lord and for the Lord, and followed and obeyed his movings, and motions, and commands; with the victory they had, how they triumphed in the Lord, over that which was against the Lord; for by faith Abraham forsook his country [Heb 11:8], and his Father's house, and his national worship.

IP3:208 (1672): For God justifieth no man as ungodly; but calleth on them to repent.... Now men are not ungodly in turning from their ungodliness, but changed; and so their state is in some measure changed before justified. If Abraham was ungodly when God called upon him; yet in forsaking his own country, and following the Lord, and offering up his son [Heb 11:8,17], he was obedient, and not ungodly, and in that obedience he was justified.

(Heb 11:8f)

[Other texts citing Heb 11:8f: GF3:70 (under Heb 12:2) IP2: 111f (Gen 12:1), WPR 62 ( (Gen 12:1-5) Gen 12:1-5)]

(Heb 11:10)

[Other texts citing Heb 11:10: GF6:113 (under Heb 3:4), GF7:164 (Rev 5:9f), JWJM 101 (Heb 13:14)]

GF8:137 (1676): And the same spirit that led Cain to kill Abel [Gen 4:8], who afterwards built a city [Gen 4:17] , and the same spirit that led Adam and Eve from the command of God in paradise, leads from it now; but God will lay Cain's city waste, and there is no lodging in it for the saints, who seek another city, whose builder and maker is God [Heb 11:10].

MFU 209 (1656): this is the cornerstone which all builders refuses and rejects, but on this rock is the whole church built which is made of living stones elect and precious [1 Pet 2:4-7], the spiritual temple whose builder and maker is God [Heb 11:10]....

JN2: 84 (1655): Let your God plead for himself against Jerubbaal, who hath thrown down his altars and will not repair his temples [Judg 6:31f]: for we that worship the living God are brought to worship him in temples made without hands [Mark 14:58], whose maker, builder, and upholder is God and not man [Heb 11:10]: and here they that freely receive, freely offer [Mat 10:8].

IP4:85 (1671): And here the kingdom is known and received, which can never be shaken [Heb 12:28G]. Here is the Mount Zion, which shall never be removed; and the Jerusalem, one of whose stakes or cords shall never be plucked up, or broken [Isa 33:20]. Here is the city which hath everlasting foundations, whose builder and maker is God [Heb 11:10/Prov 10:25].

JWJM 205 (1754): ...the comforts of our present life... ought always to be received with temperance and never made the chief objects of our desire, hope, or love, but that our whole heart and affections be principally looking to that city "which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." [Heb 11:10]

(Heb 11:11)

IP3:32 (1667): Yea, they know not his voice who calls, come unto me; I am the resurrection and the life [John 11:25]. He that believeth in me, shall receive my strength [Heb 11:11]; and though he were ever so weak, shall become as David [Zech 12:8]....


11:13 These all died in [B: according to] faith, not having received the promises, but having seen [GT: and received not the promises, but saw] them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them [G: believed them and received them thankfully; B: believing, and saluting; T: believed them and saluted them] , and confessed [B: confessing] that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.     qtext

[Heb 11:13 cf 1 Pet 2:11]

11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly[BT: omit] that they seek a country.     qtext

11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity [GBT: had leisure] to have returned [T: +again].

11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed [GB: +of them; T: +of them even] to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.     qtext

11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried [B: proved; T: tempted], offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,     qtext

[Heb 11:17 cf Gen 22:1-14]

11:18 Of [GB: To] whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

[Heb 11:18 cf Gen 21:12]

11:19 Accounting [GBT: For he considered] that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead [B: the dead up again; T: up again from death]; from whence also [T: Wherefore] he received him in a figure [G: after a sort; B: in a similitude (of the resurrection); T: for an ensample].

11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

[Heb 11:20 cf Gen 27:27-40]

11:21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff [G: leaning on the end of his staff, worshiped God; BT: worshipped (T: bowed himself) toward the top of his scepter].     qtext

[Heb 11:21 cf Gen 48:8-22; Gen 47:31 LXX]

11:22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of [BT: remembered] the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning [GBT: of] his bones.

[Heb 11:22 cf Gen 50:24]

(Heb 11:13-16) WPR 56, 71

(Heb 11:13) GF7: 17 [2], 240 [226], 247 [232], 301 [250]; GF8: 18 [273]; GFT 230; JN2: 212, 236, 583; IP2: 111f

(Heb 11:13f) IP2: 273

(Heb 11:14-16) JN1: 80; WPR 63

(Heb 11:16) GF5: 117; WPR 37

(Heb 11:17-19) WPR 168

(Heb 11:17) IP3: 208

(Heb 11:18) GF7: 333 [264]; GF8: 98f [320], 226 [382] [cf Gen 21:12, Rom 9:7]

(Heb 11:18f) JN3: 136

(Heb 11:21) SIW 146


(Heb 11:13)

[Other texts citing Heb 11:13: GF7: 240 (Heb 11:38), GF7:301 (1 Pet 1:17), GF8:18 (Rev 5:10), JN2:212 (Gen 15:13), IP2:111f (Gen 12:1)]

GF7:17 (1650): Oh! love the stranger [Deut 10:19], and be as strangers in the world [Heb 11:13], and to the world! For they that followed Christ in his cross, they were strangers in the world, and wonders to the world, and condemned by the world; and the world knew him not [John 1:10], neither doth it them that follow him now. [See also John 1:10]

GF8:18 (1669): Therefore, as I said before, be as strangers and pilgrims to the world [Heb 11:13], and all things therein, possess, as though you did not possess them, and what you enjoy, as though you did not [1 Cor 7:30].... [another quote under Rev 5:10]

JN2:583 (1655): Also we are imprisoned and counted for wanderers because we have left all to follow Christ [Mark 10:28] in his commands & so are become strangers in the earth [Heb 11:13], & this is contrary to the law of God which saith you shall not oppress the stranger [Exo 22:21], & the apostle saith forget not to entertain strangers [Heb 13:2]; & this we suffer by your law, contrary to the law of God....

(Heb 11:13f)

[Other texts citing Heb 11:13f: IP2: 273 (John 8:56)]

(Heb 11:14-16)

WPR 63 (1669): So that we find the holy men and women of former times were not accustom'd to these pleasures, and vain recreations; but having their minds set on things above [Col 3:2], sought another Kingdom [Heb 11:14-16], which consists in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit [Rom 14:17]; who having obtained a good report [Heb 11:2], are enter'd in to their eternal rest [Heb 5:9]: therefore their works follow [Rev 14:13], and praise them in the gates [Prov 31:31].

(Heb 11:16)

WPR 37 (1671): I am not of this world, but seek a country eternal in the heavens.

(Heb 11:17)

IP3:208 (1672): [Heb 11:17 see under Heb 11:8]

(Heb 11:21)

SIW 146 (Ann Crowley, 19–): My soul can now, in tracing the wonderful dealings of an all-wise Providence, lean upon the staff of faith [Heb 11:21]


11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents [BT: father and mother], because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of [GBT: neither feared they] the king's commandment.

[Heb 11:23 cf Exod 2:1-10]

11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years [BT: great], refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;     qtext

11:25 Choosing [GT: And chose] rather to suffer affliction [BT: adversity] with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin [G: sins] for a season;     qtext

[Heb 11:25 cf Exod 2:11f]

11:26 Esteeming the reproach [GBT: rebuke] of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of [T: a respect unto] the reward.     qtext

11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath [GT: and feared not the fierceness] of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.     qtext

[Heb 11:27 cf Col 1:5, 1 Tim 1:17]

11:28 Through faith he kept [GBT: ordained] the passover [T: Easter lamb] , and the sprinkling [GBT: effusion] of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.     qtext

[Heb 11:28 cf Exod 1-28]

(Heb 11:24-27) GF6: 122; GF8: 133 [342]; WPR 72

(Heb 11:24f) MFU 87, 388

(Heb 11:25-27) GF8: 74 [314]

(Heb 11:25) GF7: 265 [239]; GFEJ 314; GF3: 13 (EB); JN1:167; IP3: 170? EQ 106 (JN); WPR 310; WPT 100

(Heb 11:25f) GF8: 269 [398]; MFU 15f; IP4: 409

(Heb 11:26) MFU 193; JN1: 397 (JA); JN3: 135; IP1: 95; IP4: 107 ; WTG 64f (SM)

(Heb 11:26f) JN3: 70; HPS 422 (EB)

(Heb 11:27) GF7: 121 [128]; JN2: 274; IP3: 366; WPR 28

(Heb 11:28) IP4: 76


(Heb 11:24-27)

GF8:133 (1676): And live in that faith, by which Moses forsook Egypt [Heb 11:27], and refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter [Heb 11:24], and chose rather to suffer "affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of the world for a season [Heb 11:25]." And by this faith (which is the gift of God) [Eph 2:8] he saw God, who is invisible [Heb 11:27].

(Heb 11:24f)

MFU 87 (1654): remember Moses, who choosed rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to endure the pleasure of sin for a season [Heb 11:24f], for the wickedness of the wicked shall come to an end [Psa 7:9], and the Lord hath reserved the wicked for the day of trouble [Job 21:30].

(Heb 11:25)

GF3:13: [Heb 11:25, see under Mat 16:24]

(Heb 11:25f)

MFU 15f (1652): if thou owned us, thou might suffer, which is greater riches than all the treasures of Egypt [Heb 11:25f].

IP4:409 (1670): Yea, all that can taste, tell me, is it not greater riches, and far sweeter, in this our day, to bear the reproach of Christ, and to suffer for the testimony of his precious truth, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin and glory of this world, which are but for a season? [Heb 11:25f]

(Heb 11:26)

IP1:95 (1658): ...the reproach of Christ is our riches; yea, far greater treasure than is to be found in the palace of Egypt [Heb 11:26].

WTG 64f (Susanna Morris, 1744): in the Lord’s time he will furnish with a sure evidence of that hope which will be an anchor [Heb 6:19], enabling to endure all things that the ever blessed one may see meet to try his servants with in this uncertain world and thereby shall be enabled to look unto him for that recompense of reward [Heb 11:26]....

HPS 422 (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1679): Long passage about persecutions, citing Heb 6:18, 10:32f, 11:26f, 36.

(Heb 11:27)

GF7: 121 (1656): All Friends, to that which is pure, take heed, that with that all your minds may be kept up to God, who is pure; that as the lily ye all may grow [Hos 14:5], and receive wisdom from God how to use the creatures in their places, to the glory of him that created them.... That in the faith ye may stand, and with it ye may come to see him who is invisible [Heb 11:27]....

JN2:274 (1655): ... thou manifests what light thou knows, and what it discovers to thee who art but in visible things; but knows not that light that shows him that is invisible and without form [Isa 53:2], and such as thou must needs worship you know not what [John 4:22], or else naught at all but your own lusts, whose eye sees no farther but visible forms. So they that desire to be led blind [Mat 15:14] may come to thee and receive thy discovery of visible forms instead of the invisible God [Heb 11:27]; but the children of light have found a better teacher.

WPR 28 (1668): by William Penn the Younger, whom Divine Love constrains in a holy contempt to trample on Egypt's glory, not fearing the king's wrath, having beheld the majesty of Him who is invisible [Heb 11:27].

(Heb 11:28)

IP4:76 (1671): The passover, and blood of the lamb, was a type of his blood, and sprinkled upon the conscience [Heb 11:28/10:22], which preserveth against the stroke and power of the destroyer; and so God passeth over all such, when he visits for sin and transgression.


11:29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned [G: swallowed up].

[Heb 11:29 cf Exod 14]

11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.     qtext

[Heb 11:30 cf Josh 6]

11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not [G: them which obeyed not; B: them that were disobedient; T: the unbelievers], when she had received the spies with peace [GT: peaceably].     qtext

[Heb 11:31 cf Josh 2:1-21, 6:17]

11:32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail [GT: be too short for] me to tell [B: rehearse] of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained [GBT: +the] promises, stopped the mouths of lions,     qtext

11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness [GT: of weak] were made strong, waxed valiant in fight [G: battle], turned to flight the armies of the aliens.     qtext

11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured [GBT: racked], not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain [GBT: receive] a better resurrection:     qtext

[Heb 11:35 cf 2 Mac 7:7 (Samuel Fisher's note)]

11:36 And others had trial of cruel [G: have been tried by; B: were tried with; T: tasted of] mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of [G: by: B: with] bonds and imprisonment:     qtext

11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn [GBT: hewn] asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about [GT: up and down] in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented [T: in need, tribulation and vexation];     qtext

11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts [G: wildernesses; BT: wilderness], and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.     qtext

11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

11:40 God having provided some [GBT: a] better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

(Heb 11:30f) GF8: 133 [342]

(Heb 11:31) GF4: 403

(Heb 11:32-37) GF7: 265 [239]

(Heb 11:33) GF8: 74 [314]

(Heb 11:33f) GF6: 167; GF8: 133 [342]; MFU 388

(Heb 11:34) GF7: 60 [47]; WPR 576 WPT 359

(Heb 11:35) GF6: 298; GF8: 74 [314], 100 [320]; JN3: 136; HPS 434 (EB)

(Heb 11:36-40) GF5: 117f

(Heb 11:36-38) GF8: 74 [314]; JN1: 397 (JA); WPR 72f, 117

(Heb 11:36) JN3: 714n (RR); HPS 345, 422 (EB)

(Heb 11:36f) JN1: 111; WPR 576

(Heb 11:37) GF3: 540; GF4: 354f; JN2: 4

(Heb 11:37f) JN1: 490; HPS 380 (EB)

(Heb 11:38) GF7: 240 [226]; JN1: 87, 208; JN2: 173; JN3: 590 (MS)

(Heb 11:39) MFU 346


(Heb 11:30f)

GF8:133 (1676): And by this faith was Rahab the harlot saved, and her family [Heb 11:31]. And by this faith the walls of Jericho fell down [Heb 11:30], without any outward instrument of war.

GF4:402f (1671): [quotes Josh 2:1,8-12] Mark, here is a woman, an harlot, that had no letter of written law or gospel, being a heathen in your account, how nevertheless, she confessed to the Lord, that he was God in heaven above all, &c. Now, was not this from a divine power and principle? and did not her faith keep her from perishing with the rest, as is there recorded by the Holy Ghost, in Hebrews 11:31.

(Heb 11:33f)

GF6:167 (1684): And the apostle saith to the Hebrews, in the 11th chapter, "Who by faith subdued kingdoms, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword." [Heb 11:33f] This was the shield of faith [Eph 6:16], a stronger weapon than outward swords, and is a stronger weapon than fire, and can quench the violence of it, that stoped the mouths of lions: this is beyond carnal weapons [2 Cor 10:4], which fire and lions may overcome.

(Heb 11:34)

WPR 576, WPT 358f (1694): ...if any people could say in truth, Thou art our sun and our shield [Psa 84:11], our rock and our sanctuary [Isa 8:14]; and by Thee we have leaped over a wall, and by Thee we have run through a troop [Psa 18:29], and by Thee we have put the armies of the aliens to flight [Heb 11:34], these people could say it.

(Heb 11:35)

GF6:298 (1685): And through their faith in Christ Jesus, who is the resurrection and the life [John 11:25], did many suffer, as in Heb xi. 35.

GF8:100 (1676): [context: women's speaking] And you may see how the apostle set forth the honourable women, and their faithfulness and constancy, who by faith received the dead, raised to life again [Heb 11:35], Heb. xi. 35.

HPS: 433f (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1678): [Heb 11:35 cited marginally in connection with Elisha and the Shunamite woman, 2 Ki 4]

(Heb 11:36-40)

GF5:117f (1675): [quotes Heb 11:36-40, mostly Geneva]

WPR 72f (1669): [if worldly vanities be allowed] Then what need of a daily Cross? a self-denying life [Mat 16:24, Luke 9:23]?... No idle talking, no vain jesting, but fearing, and meditating all the day long [Psa 119:97], undergoing all reproach, scorn, hard usage, bitter mockings, and cruel deaths [Heb 11:36-38]?

(Heb 11:37)

GF3: 540 (1659): Now here in this he may charge all the prophets, Christ, and his apostles, who went up and down from place to place, Heb. xi [11:37G], that this is the mark of the devil [Job 1:7]; but this doth manifest and bring to light, and discover the Presbyterian priests of Scotland, who lie in dens and corners [Job 38:40/Prov 7:12], and fat benefits, and there stick in the earth, and have crept into houses [2 Tim 3:6]; who say it is the devil's mark to go up and down to preach, but in this they manifest themselves to be judged by the practice of Christ and his apostles, that their folly might appear unto all men [2 Tim 3:9]. Luke ix. 5. 8. Heb. xi.

GF4:354f (1668): [catalog of martyrdoms, of types indicated in Heb 11:37, from various biblical and extrabiblical sources; many probably taken from Foxe's Book of Martyrs]

(Heb 11:38)

GF7:240 (1663): For remember that Christ the word, was tried, and Christ is the tried stone [Isa 28:16], and all the prophets, apostles, and martyrs were tried for their testimony to the precious pearl [Mat 13:45f], seed, and truth; and what sufferings they had in all ages were for the same, by the dark world, which was not worthy of them [Heb 11:38]; who were as pilgrims and strangers in the earth [Heb 11:13], and many of them forsook their native land and country.

JN2: 173 (1655): I say those are true ministers and ever was, who wandered to * fro, having no certain dwelling place [1 Cor 4:11], of whom the world was not worthy [Heb 11:38], who ever bore witness against the false prophets that bear rule by their means [Jer 5:31; quotes Mic 3:11]... and whose manner was to go into the synagogues and idols' temples [1 Cor 8:10] to disprove the hirelings' false worship and call people from them to the true shepherd [John 10:12-14]....


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