Hebrews 11:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 11:22, NIV: By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.

Hebrews 11:22, ESV: By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.

Hebrews 11:22, KJV: By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

Hebrews 11:22, NASB: By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones.

Hebrews 11:22, NLT: It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.

Hebrews 11:22, CSB: By faith Joseph, as he was nearing the end of his life, mentioned the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions concerning his bones.

What does Hebrews 11:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This passage gives examples of Old Testament believers who exemplify godly faith. This faith is best described as trust, which is a reliance on God to make good on His promises, even when we can't see all of the details (Hebrews 11:1–3). This includes a recognition that God's plans are eternal (Hebrews 11:13–14), and our purpose is not exhausted in our earthly lives (Hebrews 11:10, 16). Prior examples in this segment included patriarchs such as Abraham (Hebrews 11:8), Isaac and Jacob (Hebrews 11:9), and others who trusted God to continue His work, through their children, towards fulfilling His promises.

Here the example is given of Joseph, who certainly faced struggle and hardship during his life (Genesis 37:23–24; 39:10–20). Despite that, he witnessed God using those hardships to rescue the descendants of Jacob (Genesis 45:1–5; 50:19–20). As a result, though he died with Israel still living outside of the Promised Land, Joseph specifically asked that his bones be carried into that land when Israel finally took possession (Genesis 50:25). During the exodus from Egypt, four centuries later, Joseph's bones were transported personally by Moses (Exodus 13:18–19).