The Heavenly Hope

13 These all died in faith, (A)not having received the (B)promises, but (C)having seen them afar off [a]were assured of them, embraced them and (D)confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things (E)declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind (F)that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed (G)to be called their God, for He has (H)prepared a city for them.

The Faith of the Patriarchs(I)

17 By faith Abraham, (J)when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 [b]of whom it was said, (K)“In Isaac your seed shall be called,” 19 concluding that God (L)was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

20 By faith (M)Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, (N)blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.

22 By faith (O)Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.

The Faith of Moses(P)

23 By faith (Q)Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s (R)command.

24 By faith (S)Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the [c]passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming (T)the [d]reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures [e]in Egypt; for he looked to the (U)reward.

27 By faith (V)he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 28 By faith (W)he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

29 By faith (X)they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.

By Faith They Overcame

30 By faith (Y)the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. 31 By faith (Z)the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who [f]did not believe, when (AA)she had received the spies with peace.

32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of (AB)Gideon and (AC)Barak and (AD)Samson and (AE)Jephthah, also of (AF)David and (AG)Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, (AH)stopped the mouths of lions, 34 (AI)quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 (AJ)Women received their dead raised to life again.

Others were (AK)tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and (AL)of chains and imprisonment. 37 (AM)They were stoned, they were sawn in two, [g]were tempted, were slain with the sword. (AN)They wandered about (AO)in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— 38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, (AP)in dens and caves of the earth.

39 And all these, (AQ)having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be (AR)made perfect apart from us.

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 11:13 NU, M omit were assured of them
  2. Hebrews 11:18 to
  3. Hebrews 11:25 temporary
  4. Hebrews 11:26 reviling because of
  5. Hebrews 11:26 NU, M of
  6. Hebrews 11:31 were disobedient
  7. Hebrews 11:37 NU omits were tempted