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Hebrews 11:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— 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.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— 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 appeared.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— By faith we apprehend that the worlds were framed by [the] word of God, so that that which is seen should not take its origin from things which appear.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— By faith, we understand the ages to have been fitted together, by declaration of God,—to the end that, not out of things appearing, should that which is seen, have come into existence.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— by faith we understand the ages to have been prepared by a saying of God, in regard to the things seen not having come out of things appearing;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— By faith we understand that the world was framed by the word of God: that from invisible things visible things might be made.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Through faith we vnderstand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seene were not made of things which doe appeare.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For by faith we perceive that the worlds were ordained by the word of Aloha, and (how) these (things) which are seen were from those which are not seen.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For by faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God; and that things seen, originated from those that are not seen.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Through faith 4102
{4102} Prime
πίστις
pistis
{pis'-tis}
From G3982; persuasion, that is, 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.
we understand 3539
{3539} Prime
νοέω
noeo
{no-eh'-o}
From G3563; to exercise the mind (observe), that is, (figuratively) to comprehend, heed.
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
that the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
worlds 165
{0165} Prime
αἰών
aion
{ahee-ohn'}
From the same as G0104; properly an age; by extension perpetuity (also past); by implication the world; specifically (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future).
were framed 2675
{2675} Prime
καταρτίζω
katartizo
{kat-ar-tid'-zo}
From G2596 and a derivative of G0739; to complete thoroughly, that is, repair (literally or figuratively) or adjust.
z5771
<5771> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 9
by the word 4487
{4487} Prime
ῥῆμα
rhema
{hray'-mah}
From G4483; an utterance (individually, collectively or specifically); by implication a matter or topic (especially of narration, command or dispute); with a negative naught whatever.
of God, 2316
{2316} Prime
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
so y1519
[1519] Standard
εἰς
eis
{ice}
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
that things which y3588
[3588] Standard

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
are seen 991
{0991} Prime
βλέπω
blepo
{blep'-o}
A primary verb; to look at (literally or figuratively).
z5746
<5746> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 360
were y1096
[1096] Standard
γίνομαι
ginomai
{ghin'-om-ahee}
A prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be ('gen' -erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literally, figuratively, intensively, etc.).
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
not 3361
{3361} Prime
μή
me
{may}
A primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverbially) not, (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer [whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one]); whether.
made 1096
{1096} Prime
γίνομαι
ginomai
{ghin'-om-ahee}
A prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be ('gen' -erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literally, figuratively, intensively, etc.).
z5755
<5755> Grammar
Tense - Second Perfect (See G5782)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 8
of 1537
{1537} Prime
ἐκ
ek
{ek}
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
things which do appear. 5316
{5316} Prime
φαίνω
phaino
{fah'-ee-no}
Prolongation for the base of G5457; to lighten (shine), that is, show (transitive or intransitive, literal or figurative).
z5730
<5730> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Either Middle or Passive (See G5787)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 13
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Hebrews 11:3

_ _ we understand — We perceive with our spiritual intelligence the fact of the world’s creation by God, though we see neither Him nor the act of creation as described in Genesis 1:1-31. The natural world could not, without revelation, teach us this truth, though it confirms the truth when apprehended by faith (Romans 1:20). Adam is passed over in silence here as to his faith, perhaps as being the first who fell and brought sin on us all; though it does not follow that he did not repent and believe the promise.

_ _ worlds — literally, “ages”; all that exists in time and space, visible and invisible, present and eternal.

_ _ framed — “fitly formed and consolidated”; including the creation of the single parts and the harmonious organization of the whole, and the continual providence which maintains the whole throughout all ages. As creation is the foundation and a specimen of the whole divine economy, so faith in creation is the foundation and a specimen of all faith [Bengel].

_ _ by the word of God — not here, the personal word (Greek,logos,John 1:1) but the spoken word (Greek,rhema”); though by the instrumentality of the personal word (Hebrews 1:2).

_ _ not made, etc. — Translate as Greek, “so that not out of things which appear hath that which is seen been made”; not as in the case of all things which we see reproduced from previously existing and visible materials, as, for instance, the plant from the seed, the animal from the parent, etc., has the visible world sprung into being from apparent materials. So also it is implied in the first clause of the verse that the invisible spiritual worlds were framed not from previously existing materials. Bengel explains it by distinguishing “appear,” that is, begin to be seen (namely, at creation), from that which is seen as already in existence, not merely beginning to be seen; so that the things seen were not made of the things which appear,” that is, which begin to be seen by us in the act of creation. We were not spectators of creation; it is by faith we perceive it.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Hebrews 11:1-3.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Hebrews 11:3

By faith we understand that the worlds — Heaven and earth and all things in them, visible and invisible. Where made — Formed, fashioned, and finished. By the word — The sole command of God, without any instrument or preceding matter. And as creation is the foundation and specimen of the whole divine economy, so faith in the creation is the foundation and specimen of all faith. So that things which are seen — As the sun, earth, stars. Were made of things which do not appear — Out of the dark, unapparent chaos, Genesis 1:2. And this very chaos was created by the divine power; for before it was thus created it had no existence in nature.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Hebrews 11:3

(3) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are (b) seen were not made of things which do appear.

(3) He shows the property of faith, by setting before us most cautious examples of those who from the beginning of the world excelled in the Church.

(b) So that the world which we see, was not made from any matter that appeared or was before, but from nothing.

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faith:

Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Genesis 1:1-31 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. ... And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Psalms 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these [things], that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that [he is] strong in power; not one faileth.
Jeremiah 10:11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, [even] they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.
Jeremiah 10:16 The portion of Jacob [is] not like them: for he [is] the former of all [things]; and Israel [is] the rod of his inheritance: The LORD of hosts [is] his name.
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Acts 14:15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:
Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Romans 1:19-21 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them. ... Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
2 Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
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