Bible: Hebrews 11:13-22

11:13 These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, 1  but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners 2  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, 3  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. 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He had received the promises, 4  yet he was ready to offer up 5  his only son. 11:18 God had told him,Through Isaac descendants will carry on your name,” 6  11:19 and he reasoned 7  that God could even raise him from the dead, and in a sense 8  he received him back from there. 11:20 By faith also Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning the future. 11:21 By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshiped as he leaned on his staff. 9  11:22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, 10  mentioned the exodus of the sons of Israel 11  and gave instructions about his burial. 12 

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