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“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

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Hebrews 11:6 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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But δὲ But, and, etc But
without χωρὶς At a space, i.e., separately or apart from (often as preposition) without
faith πίστεως 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 faith
it is (No Greek definition. English implied.)
impossible ἀδύνατον Unable, i.e., weak (literally or figuratively); passively, impossible impossible
to please εὐαρεστῆσαι· To gratify entirely please
him: (No Greek definition. English implied.)
for γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
he τὸν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) he
that cometh προσερχόμενον To approach, i.e., (literally) come near, visit, or (figuratively) worship, assent to cometh
to τῷ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) to
God θεῷ A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
must δεῖ Also deon deh-on'; neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is (was, etc.) necessary (as binding) must
believe πιστεῦσαι To have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e., credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one's spiritual well-being to Christ) believe
that ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because that
he is, ἔστιν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are he is
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
that (No Greek definition. English implied.)
he is γίνεται To cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e., (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.) he is
a rewarder μισθαποδότης A renumerator rewarder
of them that diligently seek ἐκζητοῦσιν To search out, i.e., (figuratively)investigate, crave, demand, (by Hebraism) worship diligently seek
him. αὐτὸν The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons him

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  • 4  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

  • 5  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

  • 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

  • 7  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

  • 8  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.


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