Hebrews 11

By Faith

1 Now faith is the 1 substance of things hoped for, the 2 evidence a of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that b the 3 worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

4 By faith c Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still d speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, e "and was not found, because God had taken him"; 4 for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 7 By faith f Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, g prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of h the righteousness which is according to faith.

8 By faith i Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, j dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, k the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for l the city which has foundations, m whose builder and maker is God. 11 By faith n Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and o she 5 bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him p faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as q dead, were born as many as the r stars of the sky in multitude - innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

13 These all died in faith, s not having received the t promises, but u having seen them afar off 6 were assured of them, embraced them and v confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things w declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind x that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed y to be called their God, for He has z prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, a when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 7 of whom it was said, b "In Isaac your seed shall be called," 8 19 concluding that God c was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. 20 By faith d Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. 21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, e blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. 22 By faith f Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.

23 By faith g Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's h command. 24 By faith i Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the 9 passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming j the 10 reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures 11 in Egypt; for he looked to the k reward. 27 By faith l he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 28 By faith m he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

29 By faith n they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned. 30 By faith o the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. 31 By faith p the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who 12 did not believe, when q she had received the spies with peace.

32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of r Gideon and s Barak and t Samson and u Jephthah, also of v David and w Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, x stopped the mouths of lions, 34 y quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 z Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were a tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and b of chains and imprisonment. 37 c They were stoned, they were sawn in two, 13 were tempted, were slain with the sword. d They wandered about e in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented - 38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, f in dens and caves of the earth.

39 And all these, g having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be h made perfect apart from us.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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