111 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Other Translations of Hebrews 11:1

King James Version


111 Now faith is the substance substance: or, ground, or, confidence of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

English Standard Version


111 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

The Message


111 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see.

New King James Version


111 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

New Living Translation


111 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Hebrews 11:1

Commentary on Hebrews 11:1-3

(Read Hebrews 11:1-3)

Faith always has been the mark of God's servants, from the beginning of the world. Where the principle is planted by the regenerating Spirit of God, it will cause the truth to be received, concerning justification by the sufferings and merits of Christ. And the same things that are the object of our hope, are the object of our faith. It is a firm persuasion and expectation, that God will perform all he has promised to us in Christ. This persuasion gives the soul to enjoy those things now; it gives them a subsistence or reality in the soul, by the first-fruits and foretastes of them. Faith proves to the mind, the reality of things that cannot be seen by the bodily eye. It is a full approval of all God has revealed, as holy, just, and good. This view of faith is explained by many examples of persons in former times, who obtained a good report, or an honourable character in the word of God. Faith was the principle of their holy obedience, remarkable services, and patient sufferings. The Bible gives the most true and exact account of the origin of all things, and we are to believe it, and not to wrest the Scripture account of the creation, because it does not suit with the differing fancies of men. All that we see of the works of creation, were brought into being by the command of God.