Hebrews 11:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 11:9, NIV: "By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise."

Hebrews 11:9, ESV: "By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise."

Hebrews 11:9, KJV: "By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:"

Hebrews 11:9, NASB: "By faith he lived as a stranger in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;"

Hebrews 11:9, NLT: "And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith--for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise."

Hebrews 11:9, CSB: "By faith he stayed as a foreigner in the land of promise, living in tents as did Isaac and Jacob, coheirs of the same promise."

What does Hebrews 11:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham, then named Abram (Genesis 12:1–4), left his homeland when called by God. Despite the fact that he did not know exactly how God would make good on His promises, Abraham obeyed. The writer of Hebrews includes this moment in Abraham's life as an example of how God blesses those who respond to Him with obedience. That obedience, according to the writer, is evidence of their faith—which is the key requirement for those looking to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Later on, as the theme shifts to those who "held fast" to their trust in God despite hardships, Abraham will be mentioned again (Hebrews 11:17).

This verse also mentions Abraham's son and grandson: Isaac and Jacob. God gave to them the same promises given to Abraham. This is a key point that many readers might miss: God's promise to Abraham was to create a large and mighty nation, occupying a particular territory (Genesis 15:5–7). That promise was not entirely fulfilled in the lifetime of Abraham. Nor was it completed during the life of Isaac, or Jacob. However, their faith in God led them to obey, and to trust, knowing that God was able to make good on His promises. Those of us reading their stories, today, can look back and see how God did, in fact, fulfill His guarantees (Joshua 1:1–4). That should inspire us to be all the more confident in our faith.