Bible: Hebrews 11:1-16
People Commended for Their Faith
11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. 11:2 For by it the people of old 1 received God’s commendation. 2 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds 3 were set in order at God’s command, 4 so that the visible has its origin in the invisible. 5 11:4 By faith Abel offered God a greater sacrifice than Cain, and through his faith 6 he was commended as righteous, because God commended him for his offerings. And through his faith 7 he still speaks, though he is dead. 11:5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death, and he was not to be found because God took him up. For before his removal he had been commended as having pleased God. 11:6 Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 11:7 By faith Noah, when he was warned about things not yet seen, with reverent regard 8 constructed an ark for the deliverance of his family. Through faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he would later receive as an inheritance, and he went out without understanding where he was going. 11:9 By faith he lived as a foreigner 9 in the promised land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs 10 of the same promise. 11:10 For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, 11 whose architect and builder is God. 11:11 By faith, even though Sarah herself was barren and he was too old, 12 he received the ability to procreate, 13 because he regarded the one who had given the promise to be trustworthy. 11:12 So in fact children 14 were fathered by one man – and this one as good as dead – like the number of stars in the sky and like the innumerable grains of sand 15 on the seashore. 16 11:13 These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, 17 but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners 18 on the earth. 11:14 For those who speak in such a way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 11:15 In fact, if they had been thinking of the land that they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 11:16 But as it is, 19 they aspire to a better land, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.