40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Other Translations of Hebrews 11:40

King James Version

40 God having provided provided: or, foreseen some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

English Standard Version

40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

The Message

40 God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.

New King James Version

40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

New Living Translation

40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Hebrews 11:40

Commentary on Hebrews 11:39-40

(Read Hebrews 11:39-40)

The world considers that the righteous are not worthy to live in the world, and God declares the world is not worthy of them. Though the righteous and the worldlings widely differ in their judgment, they agree in this, it is not fit that good men should have their rest in this world. Therefore God receives them out of it. The apostle tells the Hebrews, that God had provided some better things for them, therefore they might be sure that he expected as good things from them. As our advantages, with the better things God has provided for us, are so much beyond theirs, so should our obedience of faith, patience of hope, and labour of love, be greater. And unless we get true faith as these believers had, they will rise up to condemn us at the last day. Let us then pray continually for the increase of our faith, that we may follow these bright examples, and be, with them, at length made perfect in holiness and happiness, and shine like the sun in the kingdom of our Father for evermore.