New International Version
People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.
King James Bible
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
Darby Bible Translation
For they who say such things shew clearly that they seek [their] country.
World English Bible
For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.
Young's Literal Translation
for those saying such things make manifest that they seek a country;
Hebrews 11:14 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Declare plainly that they seek a country - A man's country is that in which he has constitutional rights and privileges; no stranger or sojourner has any such rights in the country where he sojourns. These, by declaring that they felt themselves strangers and sojourners, professed their faith in a heavenly country and state, and looked beyond the grave for a place of happiness. No intelligent Jew could suppose that Canaan was all the rest which God had promised to his people.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryOctober 15. "Faith is the Evidence of Things not Seen" (Heb. xi. 1).
"Faith is the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. xi. 1). True faith drops its letter in the post-office box, and lets it go. Distrust holds on to a corner of it, and wonders that the answer never comes. I have some letters in my desk that have been written for weeks, but there was some slight uncertainty about the address or the contents, so they are yet unmailed. They have not done either me or anybody else any good yet. They will never accomplish anything until I let them go out of my hands and …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
January the First the Unknown Journey
The Call of Abraham
Go Back? Never!
Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, "I have become a foreigner in a foreign land."
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.
If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.
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