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Hebrews 11 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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The Triumphs of Faith

Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:1 - Now faith is the [fn]assurance of things [fn]hoped for, the [fn]conviction of things not seen.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:2 - For by it the men of old [fn]gained approval.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:3 - By faith we understand that the [fn]worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which 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 obtained the testimony that he was 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 he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of 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 )
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:8 - 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 went out, not knowing where he was going.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:9 - By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling 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 there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead [fn]at that, as many descendants AS THE STARS OF HEAVEN IN NUMBER, AND INNUMERABLE AS THE SAND WHICH IS BY THE SEASHORE.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:13 - All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having 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 from which they went out, 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 he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son;
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:18 - it was he to whom it was said, “IN ISAAC YOUR [fn]DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED.”
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 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 )
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:23 - 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 passing pleasures of sin,
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:26 - considering the reproach of [fn]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 endured, as 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 he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:29 - By faith they passed through the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were [fn]drowned.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:30 - By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:31 - By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies [fn]in peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:32 - 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 mockings and scourgings, yes, also 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, ill-treated
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:38 - (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes [fn]in the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxHeb 11:39 - And all these, having [fn]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.
NASB95 Footnotes
Or, substance
Or, expected
Or, evidence
Literally: obtained a good testimony
Literally: ages
I.e. by receiving his gifts
Literally: it
Literally: having become reverent
Literally: to go out
Literally: power for the laying down of seed
Literally: in these things
Or, remembering
Literally: ashamed of them, to be
Literally: seed
Literally: Considering
Or, figuratively speaking; lit in a parable
I.e. the Messiah
Literally: has kept
Literally: swallowed up
Literally: with
Literally: redemption
Literally: received the trial of
One early ms does not contain they were tempted
Literally: of
Literally: obtained a testimony
Literally: the promise
Or, foreseen

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