By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen,(A) in holy fear built an ark(B) to save his family.(C) By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.(D)

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance,(E) obeyed and went,(F) even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land(G) like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents,(H) as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.(I) 10 For he was looking forward to the city(J) with foundations,(K) whose architect and builder is God.(L) 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age,(M) was enabled to bear children(N) because she[a] considered him faithful(O) who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead,(P) came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.(Q)

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;(R) they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance,(S) admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.(T) 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.(U) 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.(V) Therefore God is not ashamed(W) to be called their God,(X) for he has prepared a city(Y) for them.

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  1. Hebrews 11:11 Or By faith Abraham, even though he was too old to have children—and Sarah herself was not able to conceive—was enabled to become a father because he

39 These were all commended(A) for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,(B)

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40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us(A) would they be made perfect.(B)

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