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Faith at the Dawn of History
4 By faith 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 speaks.
5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and
was not found, because God had taken him”; for
before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But
without faith it isimpossible 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 Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with
godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he
condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to
8 By faith 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, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of
the same promise; 10 for
he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she
bore a child when
she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore
from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as
many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is
by the seashore.
The Heavenly Hope
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having
seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and
confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For
those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And
truly if they had called to mind 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 to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
The Faith of the Patriarchs
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had
received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of
whom it was said, “In
Isaac your seed shall be called,” 19 concluding
that God was able to raise him up,
even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph,
and worshiped, leaning on the top of his
22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of
the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.
The Faith of Moses
23 By faith 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 command.
24 By faith 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 passing
pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming
the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt;
for he looked to the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he
endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 28 By
faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed
the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land,
whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.
By Faith They Overcame
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for
seven days. 31 By
faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she
had received the spies with peace.
32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon
and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David
and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who
through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped
the mouths of lions, 34 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 Women
received their dead raised to life again.
Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better
resurrection. 36 Still
others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and
imprisonment. 37 They
were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were
slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being
destitute, afflicted, tormented— 38 of
whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens
and caves of the earth.
39 And all these, 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 made perfect
apart from us.