Hebrews 11

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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
 

1Faith, therefore, is the substance of things waited for, the evidence of things not seen. 2For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3Through faith we understand that the ages were framed by the word of God, that which is seen being made of that which was not seen.

4By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts, and by it he being dead yet speaks. 5By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death, and was not found because God had translated him, for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6But without faith it is impossible to please God; for he that comes to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him. 7By faith Noah, having received revelation of things not seen as yet, with great care prepared an ark to the saving of his house, by which he condemned the world and was made heir of the righteousness which is by faith. 8By faith Abraham, being called, hearkened to go out into the place which he should afterwards receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he went. 9By faith he sojourned in the promised land, as in a strange country, dwelling in booths with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10for he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11By faith also Sara herself being sterile received strength to conceive seed and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she believed him to be faithful who had promised. 12Therefore there sprang even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but seeing them afar off and believing them and embracing them and confessing that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14For those that say such things declare plainly that they seek their native country. 15And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from which they came out, they might have had time to have returned. 16But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one; therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. 17By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac, and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called, 19accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence he also received him in a figure. 20By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning what they should become. 21By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph, and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. 22By faith Joseph, as he died, made mention of the departing of the sons of Israel, and gave a commandment concerning his bones. 23By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents because they saw he was a beautiful child, and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. 24By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season, 26esteeming the reproach of the Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. 27By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28By faith he kept the passover and the sprinkling of the blood lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 29By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land, which the Egyptians attempted to do and were drowned. 30By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were compassed about seven days. 31By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish together with the disobedient, having received the spies with peace.

32And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon and of Barak and of Samson and of Jephthae, of David also and Samuel and of the prophets, 33who by faith won kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, recovered from infirmities, were made valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of foreign enemies; 35women received their dead raised to life again, and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36and others experienced cruel mockings and scourgings, and added to this, bonds and imprisonment; 37they were stoned; they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword; they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; poor, afflicted, mistreated, 38(of whom the world was not worthy); they wandered in deserts and in mountains and in dens and caves of the earth. 39And these all, approved by testimony of faith, received not the promise, 40God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.