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Hebrews 11:11

    Hebrews 11:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    By faith even Sarah herself received power to conceive seed when she was past age, since she counted him faithful who had promised:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And by faith Sarah herself had power to give birth, when she was very old, because she had faith in him who gave his word;

    Webster's Revision

    By faith even Sarah herself received power to conceive seed when she was past age, since she counted him faithful who had promised:

    World English Bible

    By faith, even Sarah herself received power to conceive, and she bore a child when she was past age, since she counted him faithful who had promised.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    By faith even Sarah herself received power to conceive seed when she was past age, since she counted him faithful who had promised:

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 11:11

    Through faith also Sara - Her history, as far as the event here is concerned, may be seen Genesis 17:19, and Genesis 21:2. Sarah at first treated the Divine message with ridicule, judging it to be absolutely impossible, not knowing then that it was from God; and this her age and circumstances justified, for, humanly speaking, such an event was impossible: but, when she knew that it was God who said this, it does not appear that she doubted any more, but implicitly believed that what God had promised he was able to perform.

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 11:11

    Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed - The word "herself" here - αὐτὴ autē - implies that there was something remarkable in the fact that "she" should manifest this faith. Perhaps there may be reference here to the incredulity with which she at first received the announcement that she should have a child; Genesis 18:11, Genesis 18:13. Even "her" strong incredulity was overcome, and though everything seemed to render what was announced impossible, and though she was so much disposed to laugh at the very suggestion at first, yet her unbelief was overcome, and she ultimately credited the divine promise. The apostle does not state the authority for his assertion that the strength of Sarah was derived from her faith, nor when particularly it was exercised. The argument seems to be, that here was a case where all human probabilities were against what was predicted, and where, therefore, there must have been simple trust in God. Nothing else but "faith" could have led her to believe that in her old age she would have borne a son.

    When she was past age - She was at this time more than ninety years of age; Genesis 17:17; compare Genesis 18:11.

    Because she judged him faithful who had promised - She had no other ground of confidence or expectation. All human probability was against the supposition that at her time of life she would be a mother.

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 11:11

    11:11 Sarah also herself - Though at first she laughed at the promise, Gen 18:12. Gen 21:2.