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Hebrews 11:27

    Hebrews 11:27 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    By faith he went out of Egypt, not being turned from his purpose by fear of the wrath of the king; for he kept on his way, as seeing him who is unseen.

    Webster's Revision

    By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

    World English Bible

    By faith, he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

    Definitions for Hebrews 11:27

    Forsook - To have left in an abandoned condition.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 11:27

    He forsook Egypt - He believed that God would fulfill the promise he had made; and he cheerfully changed an earthly for a heavenly portion.

    Not fearing the wrath of the king - The apostle speaks here of the departure of Moses with the Israelites, not of his flight to Midian, Exodus 2:14, Exodus 2:15; for he was then in great fear: but when he went to Pharaoh with God's authority, to demand the dismission of the Hebrews, he was without fear, and acted in the most noble and dignified manner; he then feared nothing but God.

    As seeing him who is invisible - He continued to act as one who had the judge of his heart and conduct always before his eyes. By calling the Divine Being the invisible, the apostle distinguishes him from the god's of Egypt, who were visible, corporeal, gross, and worthless. The Israelites were worshippers of the true God, and this worship was not tolerated in Egypt. His pure and spiritual worship could never comport with the adoration of oxen, goats, monkeys, leeks, and onions.

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 11:27

    By faith he forsook Egypt - Some have understood this of the first time in which Moses forsook Egypt, when he fled into Midian, as recorded in Exodus 2; the majority of expositors have supposed that it refers to the time when he left Egypt to conduct the Israelites to the promised land. That the latter is the time referred to is evident from the fact that it is said that he did "not fear the wrath of the king." When Moses first fled to the land of Midian it is expressly said that he went because he did fear the anger of Pharaoh for his having killed an Egyptian; Exodus 2:14-15. He was at that time in fear of his life; but when he left Egypt at the head of the Hebrew people, he had no such apprehensions. God conducted him out with "an high hand," and throughout all the events connected with that remarkable deliverance, he manifested no dread of Pharaoh, and had no apprehension from what he could do. He went forth, indeed, at the head of his people when all the power of the king was excited to destroy them, but he went confiding in God: and this is the faith referred to here.

    For he endured - He persevered, amidst all the trials and difficulties connected with his leading forth the people from bondage.

    As seeing him who is invisible - "As if" he saw God. He had no more doubt that God had called him to this work, and that he would sustain him, than if he saw him with his physical eyes. This is a most accurate account of the nature of faith; compare notes on Hebrews 11:1.

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 11:27

    11:27 By faith he left Egypt - Taking all the Israelites with him. Not then fearing the wrath of the king - As he did many years before, Ex 2:14. Ex 14:15, and c.