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The Triumphs of Faith

1 Now faith is the assurance R463 F113 of things hoped R464 F114 for, the conviction F115 of things R465 not seen. 2 For by it the men R466 of old gained R467 F116 approval.

3 By faith we understand that the worlds R468 F117 were prepared by R469 the word of God, so that what is seen was R470 not made out of things which are visible. 4 By faith Abel R471 offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained R472 the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about F118 his gifts, R473 and through faith, F119 though he R474 is dead, he still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch R475 was taken up so that he would not see R476 death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes R477 to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. 7 By faith Noah, R478 being warned R479 by God about things R480 not yet seen, in R481 F120 reverence prepared R482 an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the R483 righteousness which is according to faith.

8 By faith Abraham, R484 when he was called, obeyed by F121 going out to a place which he was to receive R485 for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he lived as an alien in the R486 land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling R487 in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow R488 heirs of the same promise; 10 for he was looking for the R489 city which has foundations, R490 whose R491 architect and builder is God. 11 By faith even Sarah R492 herself received ability F122 to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful R493 who had promised. 12 Therefore there was born even of one man, and him R494 as good as dead at F123 that, as many descendants AS R495 THE STARS OF HEAVEN IN NUMBER, AND INNUMERABLE AS THE SAND WHICH IS BY THE SEASHORE.

13 All R496 these died in faith, without R497 receiving the promises, but having R498 seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having R499 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 thinking F124 of that country from which they went out, they R500 would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly R501 one. Therefore God R502 is not ashamed F125 to be called R503 their God; for He R504 has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, R505 when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received R506 the promises was offering up his only begotten son; 18 it was he to whom it was said, "IN R507 ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS F126 SHALL BE CALLED." 19 He F127 considered that God R508 is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as F128 a type. R509 20 By faith Isaac R510 blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come. 21 By faith Jacob, R511 as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, R512 leaning on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, R513 when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones.

23 By faith Moses, R514 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 king's R515 edict. 24 By faith Moses, when R516 he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25 choosing rather to endure R517 ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 considering R518 the reproach of Christ F129 greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. R519 27 By faith he left R520 Egypt, not fearing R521 the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing R522 Him who is unseen. 28 By faith he kept R523 F130 the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he R524 who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. 29 By faith they passed R525 through the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were drowned. F131

30 By faith the R526 walls of Jericho fell down after R527 they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab R528 the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in F132 peace.

32 And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, R529 Barak, R530 Samson, R531 Jephthah, R532 of David R533 and Samuel R534 and the prophets, 33 who by faith conquered R535 kingdoms, performed R536 acts of righteousness, obtained R537 promises, shut R538 the mouths of lions, 34 quenched R539 the power of fire, escaped R540 the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became R541 mighty in war, put R541 foreign armies to flight. 35 Women R542 received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, F133 so that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36 and others experienced F134 mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains R543 and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, R544 they were sawn R545 in two, they F135 were tempted, they were put R546 to death with the sword; they went about in R547 sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated R548 38 (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering R549 in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in F136 the ground.

39 And all these, having gained R550 F137 approval through their faith, did R551 not receive what F138 was promised, 40 because God had provided F139 something R552 better for us, so that apart R553 from us they would not be made perfect.

F113: Or substance
F114: Or expected
F115: Or evidence
F116: Lit obtained a good testimony
F117: Lit ages
F118: I.e. by receiving his gifts
F119: Lit it
F120: Lit having become reverent
F121: Lit to go out
F122: Lit power for the laying down of seed
F123: Lit in these things
F124: Or remembering
F125: Lit ashamed of them, to be
F126: Lit seed
F127: Lit Considering
F128: Or figuratively speaking; lit in a parable
F129: I.e. the Messiah
F130: Lit has kept
F131: Lit swallowed up
F132: Lit with
F133: Lit redemption
F134: Lit received the trial of
F135: One early ms does not contain they were tempted
F136: Lit of
F137: Lit obtained a testimony
F138: Lit the promise
F139: Or foreseen

R463: Hebrews 3:14
R464: Hebrews 3:6
R465: Romans 8:24; 2 Corinthians 4:18; 5:7; Hebrews 11:7,27
R466: Hebrews 1:1
R467: Hebrews 11:4,39
R468: John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2
R469: Genesis 1; Psalms 33:6,9; Hebrews 6:5; 2 Peter 3:5
R470: Romans 4:17
R471: Genesis 4:4; Matthew 23:35; 1 John 3:12
R472: Hebrews 11:2
R473: Hebrews 5:1
R474: Genesis 4:8-10; Hebrews 12:24
R475: Genesis 5:21-24
R476: Luke 2:26; John 8:51; Hebrews 2:9
R477: Hebrews 7:19
R478: Genesis 6:13-22
R479: Hebrews 8:5
R480: Hebrews 11:1
R481: Hebrews 5:7
R482: 1 Peter 3:20
R483: Genesis 6:9; Ezekiel 14:14,20; Romans 4:13; 9:30
R484: Genesis 12:1-4; Acts 7:2-4
R485: Genesis 12:7
R486: Acts 7:5
R487: Genesis 12:8; 13:3,18; 18:1,9
R488: Hebrews 6:17
R489: Hebrews 12:22; 13:14
R490: Revelation 21:14ff
R491: Hebrews 11:16
R492: Genesis 17:19; 18:11-14; 21:2
R493: Hebrews 10:23
R494: Romans 4:19
R495: Genesis 15:5; 22:17; 32:12
R496: Matthew 13:17
R497: Hebrews 11:39
R498: John 8:56; Hebrews 11:27
R499: Genesis 23:4; 47:9; 1 Chronicles 29:15; Psalms 39:12; Ephesians 2:19; 1 Peter 1:1; 2:11
R500: Genesis 24:6-8
R501: 2 Timothy 4:18
R502: Mark 8:38; Hebrews 2:11
R503: Genesis 26:24; 28:13; Exodus 3:6,15; 4:5
R504: Hebrews 11:10; Revelation 21:2
R505: Genesis 22:1-10; James 2:21
R506: Hebrews 11:13
R507: Genesis 21:12; Romans 9:7
R508: Romans 4:21
R509: Hebrews 9:9
R510: Genesis 27:27-29,39f
R511: Genesis 48:1,5,16,20
R512: Genesis 47:31; 1 Kings 1:47
R513: Genesis 50:24f; Exodus 13:19
R514: Exodus 2:2
R515: Exodus 1:16,22
R516: Exodus 2:10,11ff
R517: Hebrews 11:37
R518: Luke 14:33; Philippians 3:7f
R519: Hebrews 2:2
R520: Exodus 2:15; 12:50f; 13:17f
R521: Exodus 2:14; 10:28f
R522: Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 11:1,13
R523: Exodus 12:21ff
R524: Exodus 12:23,29f; 1 Corinthians 10:10
R525: Exodus 14:22-29
R526: Joshua 6:20
R527: Joshua 6:15f
R528: Joshua 2:9ff; 6:23; James 2:25
R529: Judges 6-8
R530: Judges 4,5
R531: Judges 13-16
R532: Judges 11,12
R533: 1 Samuel 16:1,13
R534: 1 Samuel 1:20
R535: Judges 4,7,11,14; 2 Samuel 5:17-20; 8:1f; 10:12
R536: 1 Samuel 12:4; 2 Samuel 8:15
R537: 2 Samuel 7:11f
R538: Judges 14:6; 1 Samuel 17:34ff; Daniel 6:22
R539: Daniel 3:23ff
R540: Exodus 18:4; 1 Samuel 18:11; 19:10; 1 Kings 19; 2 Kins 6; Psalms 144:10
R541: Judges 7:21; 15:8,15f; 1 Samuel 17:51f; 2 Samuel 8:1-6; 10:15ff
R541: Judges 7:21; 15:8,15f; 1 Samuel 17:51f; 2 Samuel 8:1-6; 10:15ff
R542: 1 Kings 17:23; 2 Kings 4:36f
R543: Genesis 39:20; 1 Kings 22:27; 2 Chronicles 18:26; Jeremiah 20:2; 37:15
R544: 1 Kings 21:13; 2 Chronicles 24:21
R545: 2 Samuel 12:31; 1 Chronicles 20:3
R546: 1 Kings 19:10; Jeremiah 26:23
R547: 1 Kings 19:13,19; 2 Kings 2:8,13f; Zechariah 13:4
R548: Hebrews 11:25; 13:3
R549: 1 Kings 18:4,13; 19:9
R550: Hebrews 11:2
R551: Hebrews 10:36; 11:13
R552: Hebrews 11:16
R553: Revelation 6:11


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