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Hebrews 11 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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The Triumphs of Faith

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:1 -

Now faith is the certainty of things [fn]hoped for, a [fn]proof of things not seen.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:2 - For by it the people of old [fn]gained approval.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:3 -

By faith we understand that the [fn]world has been created by the word of God so that what is seen has not been made out of things that are visible.

(Gen 4:1–16; 5:18–24; 6:5—8:22 )
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:4 - By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he was attested to be righteous, God testifying [fn]about his gifts, and through [fn]faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:5 - By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for before he was taken up, he was attested to have been pleasing to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He proves to be One who rewards those who seek Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:7 - By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, [fn]in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
(Gen 15:1–6; 21:1–7 )
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By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed [fn]by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he left, not knowing where he was going.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:9 - By faith he lived as a stranger in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:10 - for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:11 - By faith even Sarah herself received [fn]ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:12 - Therefore even from one man, and one who was as good as dead [fn]at that, there were born descendants who were just as the stars of heaven in number, and as the innumerable grains of sand along the seashore.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:13 -

All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen and welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:14 - For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:15 - And indeed if they had been [fn]thinking of that country which they left, they would have had opportunity to return.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:16 - But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not [fn]ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.
(Gen 22:1–14; 48:8–16; 50:22–25 )
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:17 -

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and the one who had received the promises was offering up his [fn]only son;

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:18 - it was he to whom it was said, “THROUGH ISAAC YOUR [fn]DESCENDANTS SHALL BE NAMED.”
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:19 - [fn]He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back [fn]as a [fn]type.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:20 - By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:21 - By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:22 - By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones.
(Exo 2:1–10; 12:31–51 )
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By faith 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 king’s edict.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:24 - By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:25 - choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:26 - considering the [fn]reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:27 - By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he persevered, as though seeing Him who is unseen.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:28 - By faith he [fn]kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch them.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:29 - By faith they passed through the Red Sea as through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were [fn]drowned.
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By faith the walls of Jericho fell down [fn]after the Israelites had marched around them for seven days.

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:31 - By faith the prostitute Rahab did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies [fn]in peace.
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And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets,

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:33 - who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:34 - quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:35 - Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their [fn]release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection;
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:36 - and others [fn]experienced mocking and flogging, and further, chains and imprisonment.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:37 - They were stoned, they were sawn in two, [fn]they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:38 - (people of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts, on mountains, and sheltering in caves and holes [fn]in the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:39 -

And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive [fn]what was promised,

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:40 - because God had [fn]provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.
NASB20 Footnotes
Or expected
Or conviction about
Lit obtained a good testimony
Or worlds were; lit ages
I.e., by receiving his gifts
Lit it
Or was reverent and prepared
Lit to go out
Lit power for the laying down of seed
Lit in these things
Or remembering
Lit ashamed of them, to be
I.e., only son with Sarah
Lit seed
Lit Considering
Lit in
I.e., of resurrection, figuratively, pointing to the future
I.e., insults like those later suffered by Christ
Lit has kept
Lit swallowed up
Lit after they had been encircled for
Lit with
Lit redemption
Lit received the trial of
One early ms does not contain they were tempted
Lit of
Lit the promise
Or foreseen

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