Hebrews 11

By Faith

1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of a  things not seen. 2For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3By faith we understand that the universe was created by b  the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of c  things that are visible.

4By faith d  Abel offered to God e  a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And f  through his faith, though he died, he g  still speaks. 5By faith h  Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God i  must believe that he exists and j  that he rewards those who seek him. 7By faith k  Noah, being warned by God concerning l  events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of m  the righteousness that comes by faith.

8By faith n  Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place o  that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he went to live in p  the land of promise, as in a foreign land, q  living in tents r  with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he was looking forward to s  the city that has t  foundations u  whose designer and builder is God. 11By faith v  Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered w  him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one man, and x  him as good as dead, were born descendants y  as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.

13These all died in faith z  not having received the things promised, but aa  having seen them and greeted them from afar, and ab  having acknowledged that they were ac  strangers and exiles on the earth. 14For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out ad  they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed ae  to be called their God, for af  he has prepared for them a city.

17By faith ag  Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18of whom it was said ah  Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19 ai  He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. 20By faith aj  Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. 21By faith ak  Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, al  bowing in worship over the head of his staff. 22By faith am  Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.

23By faith an  Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of ao  the king’s edict. 24By faith Moses, when he was grown up, ap  refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 aq  choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy ar  the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 as  He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to at  the reward. 27By faith he au  left Egypt, av  not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured aw  as seeing him who is invisible. 28By faith ax  he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.

29By faith ay  the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 30By faith az  the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31By faith ba  Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she bb  had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

32And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of bc  Gideon bd  Barak be  Samson bf  Jephthah, of bg  David and bh  Samuel and the prophets 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises bi  stopped the mouths of lions, 34 bj  quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness bk  became mighty in war bl  put foreign armies to flight. 35 bm  Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even bn  chains and imprisonment. 37 bo  They were stoned, they were sawn in two
Some manuscripts add they were tempted
bq  they were killed with the sword. br  They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated
38of whom the world was not worthybs  wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39And all these bt  though commended through their faith bu  did not receive what was promised, 40since God had provided something better for us, bv  that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

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