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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hebrews 11:1 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  Confidence, Conviction.  Topics:  2 at end.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  (KJV)  (Read this scripture and more at

Regarding faith:  This the King James version of this scripture.  Other translations put it differently, such as the Darby translations that says:  “Now faith is [the] substantiating of things hoped for, [the] conviction of things not seen.” Here is a different form of the word “substance” that we see in the King James translation.

Darby says that faith is the “substantiating” of things hoped for.  This word must refer to substance, perhaps depicting faith become as substance.  We know we can’t see faith or pick up a carton of it from the shelf of a grocery store; but it does have substance.  Maybe Darby just means that it adds substance to hope.

Young’s Literal Translation says:  “And faith is of things hoped for a confidence, of matters not seen a conviction . . .”  This translation puts words in a different order than usually seen.  It is based upon original Hebrew and Greek texts.  Sometimes this approach is refreshing and causes a person to look again, and perhaps gain an enlarged understanding because of the order of words.  The unusual word order may cause us to consider them a bit more deeply.

Young’s translation says that faith is a confidence.  Even though faith cannot be seen, we have the confidence that we have it.  It always feels good to be confident of something or in someone. 

Then, in the second half of this scripture, Darby says that faith is the conviction of things not seen.  Once again, conviction can be very strengthening; we are convicted about something, and where God is concerned, we then know that it is right.  Young, in the second half, also tells us that faith is “of matters not seen a conviction.”  A conviction generated by God is a huge thing; and here we have faith verified, from conviction.

All of these different ways of touting faith are strengthening to all of us.  Those of us in pro-life work know how important it is to have faith in the outcome of what we are doing – which, of course, turns us right back to God because He is the only One worthy of our faith, and through our faith, He makes things happen.

Lord, help us to always believe in faith, to be convicted about it, to be confident.  We pray that we may never waver in our application of faith to our lives and in particular the lives of those we serve in pro-lfie work.

Topics:  Pray to understand faith more, through substantive conviction and confidence.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 08/28 at 11:00 AM
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