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We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: . . . We will remember the name of the Lord our God.

Banners or standards were used as signals, rallying points, or signs of victory (see, for instance, Numbers 2:1, 2; 10:12–27). Later, the psalmist writes of God, “Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth” (Psalms 60:4). Isaiah frequently employs the image of raising a banner or ensign to depict the demonstration of divine power and the marshaling of supporters (see examples in Isaiah 13:2 and 18:3).

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 

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Resources cited in this issue

RR: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Letter to the Hebrews. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Letter to the Hebrews. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04; The New Testament in Modern English by J.B. Phillips copyright © 1960, 1972 J.B. Phillips. Administered by The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. Used by permission.

Cit. 4: MacLaren, Alexander. Expositions of Holy Scripture. London, 1842–1905. Also available at

Cit. 10: Quest Study Bible: New International Version. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011.

Cit. 14: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 3, Introduction to Hebrew Poetry, Job, Psalms, Introduction to Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes. Song of Songs. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 19: Gasque, W. Ward, et al., eds. The New International Biblical Commentary: New Testament Series. Vol. 4, John. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1989.

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