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Hebrews 11:33

    Hebrews 11:33 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Who through faith overcame kingdoms, did righteousness, got their reward, kept the mouths of lions shut,

    Webster's Revision

    who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

    World English Bible

    who, through faith subdued kingdoms, worked out righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

    Definitions for Hebrews 11:33

    Wrought - Worked; made.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hebrews 11:33

    Who through faith subdued kingdoms - As Joshua, who subdued the seven Canaanitish nations; and David, who subdued the Moabites, Syrians, Ammonites, and Edomites. 2 Samuel 8, etc.

    Wrought righteousness - Did a great variety of works indicative of that faith in God without which it is impossible to do any thing that is good.

    Obtained promises - This is supposed to refer to Joshua and Caleb, who, through their faith in God, obtained the promised land, while all the rest of the Israelites were excluded; to Phineas also, who, for his act of zealous faith in slaying Zimri and Cosbi, got the promise of an everlasting priesthood; and to David, who, for his faith and obedience, obtained the kingdom of Israel, and had the promise that from his seed the Messiah should spring.

    Stopped the mouths of lions - Daniel, who, though cast into a den of lions for his fidelity to God, was preserved among them unhurt, and finally came to great honor.

    Barnes' Notes on Hebrews 11:33

    Who through faith subdued kingdoms - That is, those specified in the previous verses, and others like them. The meaning is, that some of them subdued kingdoms, others obtained promises, etc. Thus, Joshua subdued the nations of Canaan; Gideon the Midianites; Jephtha the Ammonites; David the Philistines, Amalekites, Jebusites, Edomites, etc.

    Wrought righteousness - Carried the laws of justice into execution, particularly on guilty nations. They executed the great purposes of God in punishing the wicked, and in cutting off his foes.

    Obtained promises - Or obtained "promised blessings" (Bloomfield, Stuart); that is, they obtained as a result of their faith, promises of blessings on their posterity in future times.

    Stopped the mouths of lions - As Samson, Judges 14:6; David, 1 Samuel 17:34 ff; and particularly Daniel; Daniel 6:7, following To be able to subdue and render harmless the king of the forest - the animal most dreaded in early times - was regarded as an eminent achievement.

    Wesley's Notes on Hebrews 11:33

    11:33-34 David, in particular, subdued kingdoms. Samuel (not excluding the rest) wrought righteousness. The prophets, in general, obtained promises, both for themselves, and to deliver to others. Prophets also stopped the mouths of lions, as Daniel; and quenched the violence of fire, as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. To these examples, whence the nature of faith clearly appears, those more ancient ones are subjoined, (by a transposition, and in an inverted order,) which receive light from these. Jephthah escaped the edge of the sword; Samson out of weakness was made strong; Barak became valiant in fight; Gideon put to flight armies of the aliens. Faith animates to the most heroic enterprises, both civil and military. Faith overcomes all impediments effects the greatest things; attains to the very best; and inverts, by its miraculous power the very course of nature. 2Sa 8:1, and c.; 1Sa 8:9, and c.; 1Sa 13:3, and c.; Da 6:22; Da 3:27; Jud 12:3; Jud 15:19, and c.; Jud 16:28, and c.; Jud 4:14, and c.; Jud 7:21.