New International Version
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
King James Bible
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
Darby Bible Translation
who against hope believed in hope to his becoming father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be:
World English Bible
Who in hope believed against hope, to the end that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, "So will your seed be."
Young's Literal Translation
Who, against hope in hope did believe, for his becoming father of many nations according to that spoken: 'So shall thy seed be;'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Who against hope believed in hope - The faith of Abraham bore an exact correspondence to the power and never-failing faithfulness of God; for though, in the ordinary course of things, he had not the best foundation of hope, yet he believed that he should be the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken; namely, that his posterity should be like the stars of heaven for multitude, and like the dust of the earth.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibrarySeptember 24. "He Calleth Things that are not as Though they Were" (Rom. Iv. 17).
"He calleth things that are not as though they were" (Rom. iv. 17). The Word of God creates what it commands. When Christ says to any of us "Now are ye clean through the word which I have spoken unto you," We are clean. When He says "no condemnation" there is none, though there has been a lifetime of sin before. And when He says, "mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds," then the weak are strong. This is the part of faith, to take God at His Word, and then expect Him to make it real. …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
He took him outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars--if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed--the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,
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