Chapter 11Hebrews

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1 Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, conviction of things unseen. 2 For therein the elders had witness borne them. 3 By faith we understand that the ages have been framed by God’s word, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear. 4 By faith Abel offered unto :God a sacrifice superior to Cain’s, through which he had witness borne him that he was righteous, :God bearing witness over his :gifts: and through it he being dead yet speaketh. 5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and he was not found, because :God translated him; for he hath had witness borne him before the translation that he had been well pleasing to :God: 6 and without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing; for who cometh to :God must believe that he is, and is rewarder of them that seek after him. 7 By faith Noah, warned concerning the things not seen as yet, with godly fear prepared an ark to the saving of his :house; through which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when called, obeyed to go out unto a place which he was to receive for inheritance, and went out, not knowing whither he was going. 9 By faith he became sojourner in the land of :promise, as in a foreign one, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, the fellowheirs of the same :promise: 10 for he awaited the city which hath the foundations, whose †builder and maker is :God. 11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive seed, even when past her season, since she counted him faithful who had promised: 12 wherefore also there were begotten of one, and him as good as dead, even as the stars of :heaven in :multitude, and as the sand, which is by the shore of the sea, :innumerable. 13 These all died according to faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and greeted from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For who say such things manifest that they are seeking after a country of their own. 15 And if indeed they had minded that from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly: wherefore :God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God; for he hath prepared them a city. 17 By faith Abraham, being tried, hath offered up :Isaac, and who had gladly received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; 18 he unto whom it was said [that], In Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 accounting that God is able to raise up, even the dead; from whence he did also in a parable receive him back. 20 By faith Isaac blessed :Jacob and :Esau, even concerning things to come. 21 By faith Jacob dying blessed each of the sons of Joseph; and worshiped, leaning upon the top of his :staff. 22 By faith Joseph, at his end, made mention of the departure of the sons of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his :bones. 23 By faith Moses, when born, was hid three months by his :fathers, because they saw the child was goodly; and they were not afraid of the commandment of the king. 24 By faith Moses, when grown up, refused to be called son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 choosing rather to share ill treatment with the people of :God, than to enjoy the pleasure of sin for a season; 26 accounting the reproach of the Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he looked unto the recompense of 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 †instituted the passover, and the sprinkling of the blood, that the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians attempting to do were swallowed up. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, surrounded for seven days. 31 By faith Raab the harlot perished not with the disobedient, having received the spies with peace. 32 And what more shall I say? for the time will fail me if I tell of Gideōn, Barak, Sampsōn, Jephthæ; and of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped lions’ mouths, 34 quenched fire’s power, escaped the sword’s †edge, from weakness were made strong, waxed mighty in war, turned to flight armies of aliens. 35 Women received their :dead by resurrection: and others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 they were stoned, were tempted, sawn asunder, died by the sword’s slaughter: went about in sheepskins, in goatskins; destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38 (of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves, and the holes of the earth. 39 And these all, witnessed to through their faith, received not the promise, 40 :God having foreseen something better concerning us, that apart from us they be not made perfect.

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