Hebrews 11:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 11:23, NIV: By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.

Hebrews 11:23, ESV: By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

Hebrews 11:23, KJV: By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

Hebrews 11:23, NASB: By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

Hebrews 11:23, NLT: It was by faith that Moses' parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king's command.

Hebrews 11:23, CSB: By faith Moses, after he was born, was hidden by his parents for three months, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they didn't fear the king's edict.

What does Hebrews 11:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This passage in Hebrews gives examples of believers who exemplified godly faith. According to this passage, true "faith" is a forward-looking trust, in the face of the unknown, based on what the believer knows of God. Abraham trusted God even when the future seemed to contradict the Lord's promises (Hebrews 11:17–18). Isaac exhibited faith by passing along God's blessing to his sons, even in his old age (Hebrews 11:20). Jacob (Hebrews 11:21) and Joseph (Hebrews 11:22) both followed suit, looking forward to the future while trusting in God to fulfill all He had promised.

Moses' parents also faced an immediate, dire dilemma. The ruler of Egypt had ordered the entire nation to kill Israelite boy babies (Exodus 1:22). This was after the Israelite midwives themselves refused to follow such an order (Exodus 1:17). Rather than give in to their natural fear of retribution from the Pharaoh, Moses' parents defied man and obeyed God, keeping their son alive (Exodus 2:1–10). Though they could not know, at the time, exactly what would happen, they knew that it was more important to obey God than to live in fear of men.