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What does substance mean in Hebrews 11:1?

Faith is substantial, real, solid, and not fanciful fluff.

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Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The Greek word here translated "substance" is "hupostasis" and carries the connotation of a firm foundation. Faith is not a leap in the dark. It is based on reality - evidence - not just wishful thinking. Here are several variants in translation from other versions for the word "substance:"

  1. ESV - assurance
  2. NIV - being sure of
  3. Rotherham [Emphasized Bible] - a confidence
  4. Weymouth - a well-grounded assurance

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