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The Meaning of Faith
3By faith we understand that time was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are invisible.
4By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did,c and by faithd he was declared to be righteous, since God himself accepted his offerings. And by faithe he continues to speak, even though he is dead.
5By faith Enoch was taken away without experiencing death. He could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he won approval as one who pleased God. 6Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently search for him.
8By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
9By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who also inherited the same promise, 10because he was waiting for the city with permanent foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
11By faith Sarah, even though she was old and barren, received the strength to conceive, because she was convinced that the one who had made the promise was faithful. 12Abrahamg was as good as dead, yet from this one man came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
13All these people died having faith. They did not receive the things that were promised, yet they saw them in the distant future and welcomed them, acknowledging that they were strangers and foreigners on earth. 14For people who say such things make it clear that they are looking for a country of their own. 15If they had been thinking about what they had left behind, they would have had an opportunity to go back. 16Instead, they were longing for a better country, that is, a heavenly one. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, because he has prepared a city for them.
17By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered Isaac—he who had received the promises was about to offer his unique sonh in sacrifice, 18about whom it had been said, “It is through Isaac that descendants will be named for you.”i 19Abrahamj was certain that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did get Isaack back in this way.
20By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
23By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after he was born, because they saw that he was a beautiful child and were not afraid of the king’s order.
24By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25because he preferred being mistreated with God’s people to enjoying the pleasures of sin for a short time. 26He thought that being insulted for the sake of the Messiahn was of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
27By faith he left Egypt, without being afraid of the king’s anger, and he persevered because he saw the one who is invisible.
29By faith they went through the Red Sea as if it were dry land. When the Egyptians tried to do this, they were drowned.
30By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.
32And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell you about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. 33Through faith they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, received promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34put out raging fires, escaped death byq the sword, found strength in weakness, became powerful in battle, and routed foreign armies. 35Women received their dead raised back to life. Other people were brutally tortured, but refused to be ransomed, so that they might gain a better resurrection. 36Still others endured taunts and floggings, and even chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned to death, sawed in half, and killed with swords. They went around in sheepskins and goatskins. They were needy, oppressed, and mistreated. 38The world wasn’t worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and from caves to holes in the ground.
a 11:1 The Gk. lacks will come about
b 11:1 The Gk. lacks exist
c 11:4 The Gk. lacks did
d 11:4 Lit. it
e 11:4 Lit. it
f 11:7 Lit. it
g 11:12 Lit. He
h 11:17 Lit. unique one
i 11:18 Cf. Gen 21:12
j 11:19 Lit. He
k 11:19 Lit. him
l 11:21 The Gk. lacks while leaning
m 11:22 The Gk. lacks burying
n 11:26 Or Christ
o 11:28 Lit. them
p 11:31 The Gk. lacks a greeting of
q 11:34 Lit. by the edge of