11 1Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction
of things not seen.
2For therein the elders had witness borne to them.
3By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of
God, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear.
4By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain,
through which he had witness borne to him that he was righteous, God bearing
witness in respect of his gifts: and through it he being dead yet speaketh.
5By 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 to him
that before his translation he had been well-pleasing unto God:
without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him; for he
that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder
of them that seek after him.
7By faith Noah, being warned of God
concerning things not seen as yet, moved 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.
8By faith Abraham,
when he was called, obeyed to go out unto a place which he was to receive for
an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
he became a sojourner in the land of promise, as in a land not his
own, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same
10for he looked for the city which hath the foundations, whose
builder and maker is God.
11By faith even Sarah herself received power to
conceive seed when she was past age, since she counted him faithful who had
12wherefore also there sprang of one, and him as good as dead,
so many as the stars of heaven in multitude, and as the sand, which
is by the sea-shore, innumerable.
13These all died in faith, not having
received the promises, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and
having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14For they that say such things make it manifest that they are seeking
after a country of their own.
15And if indeed they had been mindful of
that country from which they went out, they would have had
opportunity to return.
16But now they desire a better country,
that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their
God; for he hath prepared for them a city.
17By faith Abraham, being
tried, offered up Isaac: yea, he that had gladly received the promises was
offering up his only begotten son;
18even he to whom it was said,
In Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19accounting that God is able
to raise up, even from the dead; from whence he did also in a figure receive
20By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even concerning things
21By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of
Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
faith Joseph, when his end was nigh, made mention of the departure of the
children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents, because they
saw he was a goodly child; and they were not afraid of the king's
24By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called
the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25choosing rather to share ill treatment
with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26accounting the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of
Egypt: for he looked unto the recompense of reward.
27By faith he forsook
Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who
28By faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of the
blood, that the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them.
faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians
assaying to do were swallowed up.
30By faith the walls of Jericho fell
down, after they had been compassed about for seven days.
Rahab the harlot perished not with them that were disobedient, having
received the spies with peace.
32And what shall I more say? for the time
will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah; of David and
Samuel and the prophets:
33who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought
righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made
strong, waxed mighty in war, turned to flight armies of aliens.
received their dead by a resurrection: and others were tortured, not
accepting their deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
36and others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds
37they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, they were
tempted, they were slain with the sword: they went about in sheepskins, in
goatskins; being 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.
39And these all, having had witness borne to them through
their faith, received not the promise,
40God having provided some better
thing concerning us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.