THE EPISTLE OF THE
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Hebrews 11 ©
1 To move the better the Hebrews to steadfastness in the faith, he describes faith to them, with its properties and operations. 4 And to that end produces the examples of the faith of the ancient fathers of the Old Testament, and first of all Abel. 5 And of Enoch. 7 And of Noah. 8 Afterward of Abraham. 11 And of Sarah. 13 Who with their seed received indeed the promises of the land of Canaan, but the fulfillment of them they obtained not upon earth, but in heaven. 17 Further he rehearses the example of the faith of Abraham, in offering of his son Isaac. 20 And of Isaac in blessing of his son Jacob. 21 And of Jacob in blessing of the sons of Joseph. 22 And of Joseph on his death bed. 23 Afterward of the parents of Moses. 24 And of Moses himself, in despising of his honor and ease in Pharaoh’s court. 27 And in departing out of Egypt, keeping of the Passover, and going through the Red Sea. 30 Afterward of Joshua and of Rahab, in the taking of Jericho. 32 And withal of the judges and kings, who performed great things by faith. 35 Afterward of certain women, who endured great difficulties thereby. 36 As also several other prophets and martyrs. 39 Concludes that all these died in faith, although they obtained not the thing promised without us.
NOW faith is 1the substance of things hoped for, 2the evidence 3of things not seen.
For by it 4the elders obtained a good 5report.
Through faith we understand thata6the worlds were 7framed 8by the word of God, sob that things which are seen were 9not made of things which do appear.
By faith Abel offeredc unto God 10a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, 11by which he obtained witnessd12that he was righteous, God testifying 13of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet 14speaketh.
By faith Enoche was 15translated that he should not 16see death; and was not found, because God had translatedf him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he 17pleased God.
But without faith 18it is impossible to please him: for he 19that cometh to God must believe 20that he is, and that he is 21a rewarder of them 22that diligently seek him.
By faith Noah,g being warned of God of things 23not seen as yet, 24moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned 25the world, and became 26heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
By faith Abraham,h when he was 27called to go out 28into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strangei country, dwelling 29in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him 30of the same promise:
For he looked for 31a city 32which hath foundations, 33whose builder and maker is God.
Through faith also Saraj herself received strength 34to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was 35past age,k because she judged him 36faithful who had promised.
Therefore sprang there even of one, 37and him as good as dead, so many asl the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea 38shore innumerable.
Thesem all died in faith, not having received 39the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed thatn they were 40strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say 41such things declare plainly that they seek 42a country.
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country 43from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not 44ashamedo to be 45called their God: for he hath prepared for them 46a city.
Byp faith Abraham, 47when he was tried, 48offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up 49his only begotten son,
50Of whom it was said, That inq Isaac shall thy seed be called:
51Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in 52a figure.
Byr faith Isaac blessed 53Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
Bys faith Jacob, when he was a 54dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; andt55worshipped, leaning 56upon the top of his staff.
Byu faith Joseph, when he died, made 57mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment 58concerning his bones.
Byv faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his 59parents, because they saw he was a properw child; and 60they were not afraid of the king's commandment.
By faith Moses, when he was come 61to years, refused to be called 62the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
Choosingx rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than 63to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach 64of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect 65unto the recompence of the reward.
By faith he forsook 66Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he 67endured, as 68seeing him 69who is invisible.
Throughy faith he kept the passover, and 70the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should 71touch them.
Byz faith they 72passed through the Red sea as by dry land: 73which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
Byaa74faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were 75compassed about seven days.
Byab faith 76the harlot Rahab perished not with them 77that believed not, whenac she had received the spies 78with peace.
And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell ofad Gedeon, andaeof Barak, and ofafSamson, and ofagJephthae; ofahDavid also, andai Samuel, and of 79the prophets:
Who through faith subdued 80kingdoms, wrought 81righteousness, obtained 82promises, stopped 83the mouthsaj of lions,
84Quenched the violenceak of fire, escaped 85theal edge of the sword, 86outam of weakness were made strong, 87waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight 88the armies of the aliens.
89Womenan received their dead 90raised to life again: andao others were 91tortured, not accepting 92deliverance; that they might obtain 93a better resurrection:
And others had trial of cruel 94mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bondsap and imprisonment:
Theyaq were 95stoned, they were 96sawn asunder, 97were tempted, 98were slain with the sword: they 99wandered about inar100sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
(Of whom the world was 101not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And 102these all, having obtained a good report through faith, 103received not the promise:
God having provided 104some better thing for us, 105that they 106without us should not be made perfect.