Hebrews 11

The Triumphs of Faith

Now faith is the
Or substance
,
b assurance of things
Or expected
,
d hoped for, the
Or evidence
conviction of f things not seen.
For by it the g men of old
Lit obtained a good testimony
,
i gained approval.

By faith we understand that the
Lit ages
,
k worlds were prepared l by the word of God, so that what is seen m was not made out of things which are visible.
By faith n Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he o obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying
I.e. by receiving his gifts
about his q gifts, and through
Lit it
faith, though s he is dead, he still speaks.
By faith t Enoch was taken up so that he would not u see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who v comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. By faith w Noah, being x warned by God about y things not yet seen
Lit having become reverent
,
aa in reverence ab prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of ac the righteousness which is according to faith.

By faith ad Abraham, when he was called, obeyed
Lit to go out
by going out to a place which he was to af receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.
By faith he lived as an alien in ag the land of promise, as in a foreign land ah dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob ai fellow heirs of the same promise; 10 for he was looking for aj the city which has ak foundations al whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith even am Sarah herself received
Lit power for the laying down of seed
ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him ao faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore there was born even of one man, and ap him as good as dead
Lit in these things
at that, as many descendants ar  as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

13  as All these died in faith at without receiving the promises, but au having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and av having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. 15 And indeed if they had been
Or remembering
thinking of that country from which they went out, ax they would have had opportunity to return.
16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a ay heavenly one. Therefore az God is not
Lit ashamed of them, to be
ashamed to be bb called their God; for bc He has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith bd Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had be received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; 18 it was he to whom it was said bf In Isaac your
Lit seed
descendants shall be called.”
19 
Lit Considering
He considered that bi God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back
Or figuratively speaking; lit in a parable
as a bk type.
20 By faith bl Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come. 21 By faith bm Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and bn worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. 22 By faith bo Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones.

23 By faith bp Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the bq king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses br when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to bs endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26  bt considering the reproach of
I.e. the Messiah
Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the bv reward.
27 By faith he bw left Egypt, not bx fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as by seeing Him who is unseen. 28 By faith he
Lit has kept
,
ca kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that cb he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them.
29 By faith they cc passed through the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were
Lit swallowed up
drowned.

30 By faith ce the walls of Jericho fell down cf after they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith cg Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies
Lit with
in peace.

32 And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of ci Gideon cj Barak ck Samson cl Jephthah, of cm David and cn Samuel and the prophets, 33 who by faith co conquered kingdoms cp performed acts of righteousness cq obtained promises cr shut the mouths of lions, 34  cs quenched the power of fire ct escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong cu became mighty in war cv put foreign armies to flight. 35  cw Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their
Lit redemption
release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection;
36 and others
Lit received the trial of
experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also cz chains and imprisonment.
37 They were da stoned, they were db sawn in two,
One early ms does not contain they were tempted
they were tempted, they were dd put to death with the sword; they went about de in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, df ill-treated
38 ( men of whom the world was not worthy), dg wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes
Lit of
in the ground.

39 And all these, having
Lit obtained a testimony
,
dj gained approval through their faith dk did not receive
Lit the promise
what was promised,
40 because God had
Or foreseen
provided dn something better for us, so that do apart from us they would not be made perfect.
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