English Standard Version
For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.
King James Bible
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.
American Standard Version
For indeed we have had good tidings preached unto us, even as also they: but the word of hearing did not profit them, because it was not united by faith with them that heard.
For unto us also it hath been declared, in like manner as unto them. But the word of hearing did not profit them, not being mixed with faith of those things they heard.
English Revised Version
For indeed we have had good tidings preached unto us, even as also they: but the word of hearing did not profit them, because they were not united by faith with them that heard.
Webster's Bible Translation
For to us was the gospel preached, as well as to them: but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Weymouth New Testament
For Good News has been brought to us as truly as to them; but the message they heard failed to benefit them, because they were not one in faith with those who gave heed to it.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
For unto us was the gospel preached (καὶ γὰρ ἐσμεν εὐηγγελισμένοι)
Lit. we have had good tidings proclaimed to us. The translation of the A.V. is unfortunate, since it conveys the technical and conventional idea of preaching the gospel, which is entirely out of place here. The reference is to the special announcement of the rest of God; the glad tidings that God has provided a rest for his people. This announcement was made to the fathers, and signified to them the promise of the rest in Canaan. It has been proclaimed to us, and to us is the announcement of the heavenly rest. The emphasis is on the entire statement, "we have had the good tidings proclaimed to us," rather than on we as contrasted with they.
The word preached (ὁ λόγος τῆς ἀκοῆς)
Lit. the word of the message. See on 1 Thessalonians 2:13.
Not being mixed with faith in them that heard it (μὴ συνκεκερασμένους τῇ πίστει τοῖς ἀκούσασιν)
Rend. because not incorporated by faith in them that heard. A body of obedient hearers with whom the erring Israelites were not incorporated would be an idea foreign to the discussion. Moreover, in Hebrews 3:16, the writer has declared that there were practically no believing hearers. He says that although the good tidings were announced to them, they did not profit them. The word did not profit them because it (the word) was not assimilated by faith in those that heard. They did not make the promise of rest their own. Their history was marked by continual renewals and rejections of the promise.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
preached. Gr. of hearing.
not being, etc. or because they were not united by faith to. ver.
Yet in spite of this word you did not believe the LORD your God,
What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
1 Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient?
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