13 (A)All these died in faith, (B)without receiving the promises, but (C)having seen and welcomed them from a distance, and (D)having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. 15 And indeed if they had been [a]thinking of that country which they left, (E)they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a (F)heavenly one. Therefore (G)God is not [b]ashamed to be (H)called their God; for (I)He has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith (J)Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and the one who had (K)received the promises was offering up his [c]only son; 18 it was he to whom it was said, “(L)Through Isaac your [d]descendants shall be named.” 19 [e]He considered that (M)God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back [f]as a [g](N)type. 20 By faith (O)Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come. 21 By faith (P)Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and (Q)worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. 22 By faith (R)Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones.

23 By faith (S)Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the (T)king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, (U)when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to (V)endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin, 26 (W)considering the [h]reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the (X)reward. 27 By faith he (Y)left Egypt, not (Z)fearing the wrath of the king; for he persevered, as though (AA)seeing Him who is unseen. 28 By faith he [i](AB)kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that (AC)the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch them. 29 By faith they (AD)passed through the Red Sea as through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were [j]drowned.

30 By faith (AE)the walls of Jericho fell down [k](AF)after the Israelites had marched around them for seven days. 31 By faith the prostitute (AG)Rahab did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies [l]in peace.

32 And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of (AH)Gideon, (AI)Barak, (AJ)Samson, (AK)Jephthah, of (AL)David and (AM)Samuel and the prophets, 33 who by faith (AN)conquered kingdoms, (AO)performed acts of righteousness, (AP)obtained promises, (AQ)shut the mouths of lions, 34 (AR)quenched the power of fire, (AS)escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, (AT)became mighty in war, (AU)put foreign armies to flight. 35 (AV)Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their [m]release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36 and others [n]experienced mocking and flogging, and further, (AW)chains and imprisonment. 37 They were (AX)stoned, they were sawn in two, [o]they were tempted, they were (AY)put to death with the sword; they went about (AZ)in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, (BA)tormented 38 (people of whom the world was not worthy), (BB)wandering in deserts, on mountains, and sheltering in caves and holes [p]in the ground.

39 And all these, having (BC)gained approval through their faith, (BD)did not receive [q]what was promised, 40 because God had [r]provided (BE)something better for us, so that (BF)apart from us they would not be made perfect.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 11:15 Or remembering
  2. Hebrews 11:16 Lit ashamed of them, to be
  3. Hebrews 11:17 I.e., only son with Sarah
  4. Hebrews 11:18 Lit seed
  5. Hebrews 11:19 Lit Considering
  6. Hebrews 11:19 Lit in
  7. Hebrews 11:19 I.e., of resurrection, figuratively, pointing to the future
  8. Hebrews 11:26 I.e., insults like those later suffered by Christ
  9. Hebrews 11:28 Lit has kept
  10. Hebrews 11:29 Lit swallowed up
  11. Hebrews 11:30 Lit after they had been encircled for
  12. Hebrews 11:31 Lit with
  13. Hebrews 11:35 Lit redemption
  14. Hebrews 11:36 Lit received the trial of
  15. Hebrews 11:37 One early ms does not contain they were tempted
  16. Hebrews 11:38 Lit of
  17. Hebrews 11:39 Lit the promise
  18. Hebrews 11:40 Or foreseen