“Now faith is the substance”


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

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Hebrews 11:1 Translation

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Now δὲ But, and, etc G1161
faith πίστις Persuasion, i.e., credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself G4102
is Ἔστιν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are G2076
the substance ὑπόστασις A setting under (support), i.e., (figuratively) concretely, essence, or abstractly, assurance (objectively or subjectively) G5287
of things hoped for, ἐλπιζομένων To expect or confide G1679
the evidence ἔλεγχος Proof, conviction G1650
of things πραγμάτων A deed; by implication, an affair; by extension, an object (material) G4229
not οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not G3756
seen. βλεπομένων To look at (literally or figuratively) G991


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

  • 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

  • 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.


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