3By faith we perceive that the systems of things were put in order by God’s word, so that what is beheld has come to be out of things that do not appear.
4By faith Abel offered God a sacrifice of greater worth than Cain, through which [faith] he had witness borne to him that he was righteous, God bearing witness respecting his gifts; and through it he, although he died, yet speaks.
5By faith E′noch was transferred so as not to see death, and he was nowhere to be found because God had transferred him; for before his transference he had the witness that he had pleased God well.6Moreover, without faith it is impossible to please [him] well, for he that approaches God must believe that he is and that he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him.
7By faith Noah, after being given divine warning of things not yet beheld, showed godly fear and constructed an ark for the saving of his household; and through this [faith] he condemned the world, and he became an heir of the righteousness that is according to faith.
8By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed in going out into a place he was destined to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, although not knowing where he was going.9By faith he resided as an alien in the land of the promise as in a foreign land, and dwelt in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the very same promise.10For he was awaiting the city having real foundations, the builder and maker of which [city] is God.
11By faith also Sarah herself received power to conceive seed, even when she was past the age limit, since she esteemed him faithful who had promised.12Hence also from one [man], and him as good as dead, there were born [children] just as the stars of heaven for multitude and as the sands that are by the seaside, innumerable.
13In faith all these died, although they did not get the [fulfillment of the] promises, but they saw them afar off and welcomed them and publicly declared that they were strangers and temporary residents in the land.14For those who say such things give evidence that they are earnestly seeking a place of their own.15And yet, if they had indeed kept remembering that [place] from which they had gone forth, they would have had opportunity to return.16But now they are reaching out for a better [place], that is, one belonging to heaven. Hence God is not ashamed of them, to be called upon as their God, for he has made a city ready for them.
17By faith Abraham, when he was tested, as good as offered up Isaac, and the man that had gladly received the promises attempted to offer up [his] only‐begotten [son],18although it had been said to him: “What will be called ‘your seed’ will be through Isaac.”19But he reckoned that God was able to raise him up even from the dead; and from there he did receive him also in an illustrative way.
20By faith also Isaac blessed Jacob and E′sau concerning things to come.
21By faith Jacob, when about to die, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshiped leaning upon the top of his staff.
22By faith Joseph, nearing his end, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel; and he gave a command concerning his bones.
23By faith Moses was hid for three months by his parents after his birth, because they saw the young child was beautiful and they did not fear the order of the king.24By faith Moses, when grown up, refused to be called the son of the daughter of Phar′aoh,25choosing to be ill‐treated with the people of God rather than to have the temporary enjoyment of sin,26because he esteemed the reproach of the Christ as riches greater than the treasures of Egypt; for he looked intently toward the payment of the reward.27By faith he left Egypt, but not fearing the anger of the king, for he continued steadfast as seeing the One who is invisible.28By faith he had celebrated the passover and the splashing of the blood, that the destroyer might not touch their firstborn ones.
29By faith they passed through the Red Sea as on dry land, but on venturing out upon it the Egyptians were swallowed up.
30By faith the walls of Jer′i‧cho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.31By faith Ra′hab the harlot did not perish with those who acted disobediently, because she received the spies in a peaceable way.
32And what more shall I say? For the time will fail me if I go on to relate about Gid′e‧on, Ba′rak, Samson, Jeph′thah, David as well as Samuel and the [other] prophets,33who through faith defeated kingdoms in conflict, effected righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,34stayed the force of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from a weak state were made powerful, became valiant in war, routed the armies of foreigners.35Women received their dead by resurrection; but other [men] were tortured because they would not accept release by some ransom, in order that they might attain a better resurrection.36Yes, others received their trial by mockings and scourgings, indeed, more than that, by bonds and prisons.37They were stoned, they were tried, they were sawn asunder, they died by slaughter with the sword, they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, while they were in want, in tribulation, under ill‐treatment;38and the world was not worthy of them. They wandered about in deserts and mountains and caves and dens of the earth.
39And yet all these, although they had witness borne to them through their faith, did not get the [fulfillment of the] promise,40as God foresaw something better for us, in order that they might not be made perfect apart from us.