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Hebrews 11:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing [unto him]; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that seek after him.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— 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.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— And without faith it is impossible to please [Him], for he who comes to God must believe that He is and [that] He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— 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.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]. For he that draws near to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them who seek him out.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, apart from faith, it is impossible to be well-pleasing; for he that approacheth unto God—must needs have faith, that he is, and that, to them who seek him out, a rewarder he becometh.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and apart from faith it is impossible to please well, for it behoveth him who is coming to God to believe that He is, and to those seeking Him He becometh a rewarder.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But without faith it is impossible to please God. For he that cometh to God must believe that he is: and is a rewarder to them that seek him.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But without faith it is impossible to please him: for hee that commeth to God, must beleeue that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seeke him.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But without faith it is not possible for man to please Aloha; for he who draweth near unto Aloha must believe that he is, and that of those who seek him he will be the rewarder.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— But, without faith, a man cannot please God. For he that draweth near to God, must believe his existence, and that he will recompense those who seek him.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But y1161
[1161] Standard
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
x1611
(1611) Complement
ἔκστασις
ekstasis
{ek'-stas-is}
From G1839; a displacement of the mind, that is, bewilderment, 'ecstasy'.
without 5565
{5565} Prime
χωρίς
choris
{kho-rece'}
Adverb from G5561; at a space, that is, separately or apart from (often as preposition).
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.
[it is] impossible 102
{0102} Prime
ἀδύνατος
adunatos
{ad-oo'-nat-os}
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and G1415; unable, that is, weak (literally or figuratively); passively impossible.
to please 2100
{2100} Prime
εὐαρεστέω
euaresteo
{yoo-ar-es-teh'-o}
From G2101; to gratify entirely.
z5658
<5658> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 516
[him]: for 1063
{1063} Prime
γάρ
gar
{gar}
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
he that cometh 4334
{4334} Prime
προσέρχομαι
proserchomai
{pros-er'-khom-ahee}
From G4314 and G2064 (including its alternate); to approach, that is, (literally) come near, visit, or (figuratively) worship, assent to.
z5740
<5740> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 544
to 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.
must 1163
{1163} Prime
δεῖ
dei
{die}
Third person singular active present of G1210; also δεόν [[deon]], {deh-on'}; which is neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is (was, etc.) necessary (as binding).
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
believe 4100
{4100} Prime
πιστεύω
pisteuo
{pist-yoo'-o}
From G4102; to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), that is, credit; by implication to entrust (especially one's spiritual well being to Christ).
z5658
<5658> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 516
that 3754
{3754} Prime
ὅτι
hoti
{hot'-ee}
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
he is, 2076
{2076} Prime
ἐστί
esti
{es-tee'}
Third person singular present indicative of G1510; he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
[that] he is 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.).
z5736
<5736> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 618
a rewarder 3406
{3406} Prime
μισθαποδότης
misthapodotes
{mis-thap-od-ot'-ace}
From G3409 and G0591; a remunerator.
of them that diligently seek 1567
{1567} Prime
ἐκζητέω
ekzeteo
{ek-zay-teh'-o}
From G1537 and G2212; to search out, that is, (figuratively) investigate, crave, demand, (by Hebraism) worship.
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
him. 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Hebrews 11:6

_ _ withoutGreek,apart from faith”: if one be destitute of faith (compare Romans 14:23).

_ _ to please — Translate, as Alford does, the Greek aorist, “It is impossible to please God at all” (Romans 8:8). Natural amiabilities and “works done before the grace of Christ are not pleasant to God, forasmuch as they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ; yea, rather, for that they are not done as God hath willed them to be done, we doubt not but they have the nature of sin” [Article XIII, Book of Common Prayer]. Works not rooted in God are splendid sins [Augustine].

_ _ he that cometh to God — as a worshipper (Hebrews 7:19).

_ _ must believeonce for all: Greek aorist tense.

_ _ that God is — is the true self-existing Jehovah (as contrasted with all so-called gods, not gods, Galatians 4:8), the source of all being, though he sees Him not (Hebrews 11:1) as being “invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). So Enoch; this passage implies that he had not been favored with visible appearances of God, yet he believed in God’s being, and in God’s moral government, as the Rewarder of His diligent worshippers, in opposition to antediluvian skepticism. Also Moses was not so favored before he left Egypt the first time (Hebrews 11:27); still he believed.

_ _ and ... is — a different Greek verb from the former “is.” Translate, “is eventually”; proves to be; literally, “becomes.”

_ _ rewarder — renderer of reward [Alford]. So God proved to be to Enoch. The reward is God Himself diligently “sought” and “walked with” in partial communion here, and to be fully enjoyed hereafter. Compare Genesis 15:1, “I am thy exceeding great reward.”

_ _ of them — and them only.

_ _ diligently seekGreek, “seek out” God. Compare “seek early,Proverbs 8:17. Not only “ask” and “seek,” but “knock,” Matthew 7:7; compare Hebrews 11:12; Luke 13:24, “Strive” as in an agony of contest.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Hebrews 11:4-31.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith — Even some divine faith in God, it is impossible to please him. For he that cometh to God — in prayer, or another act of worship, must believe that he is.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Hebrews 11:6

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 (d) rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

(d) This reward is not referred to our merits, but to the free promise, as Paul teaches in Abraham the father of all the faithful, (Romans 4:4).

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without:

Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Hebrews 3:18-19 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? ... So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard [it].
Hebrews 4:6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
Numbers 14:11 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?
Numbers 20:12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
Psalms 78:22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
Psalms 78:32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.
Psalms 106:21-22 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt; ... Wondrous works in the land of Ham, [and] terrible things by the Red sea.
Psalms 106:24 Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:
Isaiah 7:9 And the head of Ephraim [is] Samaria, and the head of Samaria [is] Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
John 3:18-19 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. ... And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am [he], ye shall die in your sins.
Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

he that:

Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Job 21:14 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
Psalms 73:28 But [it is] good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, [even] the sure mercies of David.
Jeremiah 2:31 O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

must:

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

a rewarder:

Hebrews 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward.
Ruth 2:12 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.
Psalms 58:11 So that a man shall say, Verily [there is] a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.
Proverbs 11:18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness [shall be] a sure reward.
Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matthew 6:1-2 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. ... Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Matthew 6:16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Matthew 10:41-42 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. ... And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold [water] only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and [to] the evil.

diligently:

1 Chronicles 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
Psalms 105:3-4 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. ... Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
Psalms 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Song of Songs 3:1-4 By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. ... [It was] but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.
Jeremiah 29:13-14 And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart. ... And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Luke 12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
2 Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
2 Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
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GOD's SPECIAL MESSAGE : TO ALL WHO ARE DILIGENTLY SEARCHING OUT (THE I AM) Hebrews 11:6.


This verse says that GOD WILL REWARD YOUR SPIRIT if you (Diligently Search). In John's Gospel 6:28 the Jew's asked Jesus " What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?" Yeshua's (Jesus) reply, " THIS IS (THE WORK) of GOD, THAT YOU BELIEVE ON HIM WHOM HE (THE FATHER) HAS SENT".

The word (the - Greek definite article) is very specific pointing to (THE WORK OF GOD). The Jews were looking for something they could (physically) do. Yet Christ's reply was "this is THE WORK OF GOD" (very specific) BELIEVE INTO (THE VERY CHARACTER [Hebrews 1:3]) OF HIM WHOM HE (THE FATHER) HAS SENT.

So, referring to John 5:23,24 GOD TELLS US ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL REWARD THAT HE PROMISES TO ALL THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM OUT.

That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

So unto all of you who are Diligently Seeking, Keep It Up as GOD KEEPS REWARDING YOUR SPIRIT AS YOU DILIGENTLY SEARCH HIM OUT IN GOD's WORD (Hebrews 11:6 ). AMEN ! ! !
- Chuck (3/15/2016 10:28:43 AM)
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