The Meaning of Hebrews 11:30 Explained

Hebrews 11:30

KJV: By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

YLT: by faith the walls of Jericho did fall, having been surrounded for seven days;

Darby: By faith the walls of Jericho fell, having been encircled for seven days.

ASV: By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they had been compassed about for seven days.

What does Hebrews 11:30 Mean?

Context Summary

Hebrews 11:23-31 - Making The Far-Seeing Choice
Faith-we cannot say it too often-is the direct vision of the soul. It doesn't reason, it doesn't ask for evidences, it doesn't seek the corroboration of spies sent forward to explore the land. It is to the spiritual world what the five senses are to things around us. It is even more than this; it is our power of deriving the help of the Unseen to carry out and complete the work of our life.
Moses saw Him who is invisible, and drew on God with a mighty faith that reckoned on Him as being more real than Pharaoh, and secured His divine cooperation. First, he ascertained God's will at the place where the bush burned with fire; and then set about doing his part, depending upon God to do His. Of course, it brought him into collision with the whole might of Pharaoh and Egypt, but he didn't even fear it. The destroying Angel had no terrors for the blood-sheltered people. The waters lined up on each side to let them pass. Strongly built walls fell to the ground. Let us be sure that we are on the line of God's purposes, then trust Him and fear naught. [source]

Chapter Summary: Hebrews 11

1  What faith is
6  Without faith we cannot please God
7  The examples of faithfulness in the fathers of old time

Greek Commentary for Hebrews 11:30

Fell down [επεσαν]
“Fell,” second aorist active indicative of πιπτω — piptō with first aorist endings as often in the Koiné. After they had been compassed First aorist passive participle of κυκλοω — kukloō old verb to encircle (from κυκλος — kuklos circle) as in Acts 14:20. Antecedent action here. [source]
Compassed about [κυκλωθέντα]
Comp. Luke 21:20; John 10:24. oP. [source]

What do the individual words in Hebrews 11:30 mean?

By faith the walls of Jericho fell having been encircled for seven days
Πίστει τὰ τείχη Ἰεριχὼ ἔπεσαν κυκλωθέντα ἐπὶ ἑπτὰ ἡμέρας

Πίστει  By  faith 
Parse: Noun, Dative Feminine Singular
Root: πίστις  
Sense: conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it.
τείχη  walls 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Neuter Plural
Root: τεῖχος  
Sense: the wall around a city, town wall.
Ἰεριχὼ  of  Jericho 
Parse: Noun, Genitive Feminine Singular
Root: Ἰεριχώ  
Sense: a noted city, abounding in balsam, honey, cyprus, myrobalanus, roses and other fragrant products.
ἔπεσαν  fell 
Parse: Verb, Aorist Indicative Active, 3rd Person Plural
Root: πίπτω 
Sense: to descend from a higher place to a lower.
κυκλωθέντα  having  been  encircled 
Parse: Verb, Aorist Participle Passive, Nominative Neuter Plural
Root: κυκλεύω 
Sense: to go around, lead around.
ἑπτὰ  seven 
Parse: Adjective, Accusative Feminine Plural
Root: ἑπτά  
Sense: seven.
ἡμέρας  days 
Parse: Noun, Accusative Feminine Plural
Root: ἡμέρα  
Sense: the day, used of the natural day, or the interval between sunrise and sunset, as distinguished from and contrasted with the night.

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