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
11:23 By faith, when Moses was born, his parents hid him 13 for three months, because they saw the child was beautiful and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 11:24 By faith, when he grew up, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 11:25 choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasure. 11:26 He regarded abuse suffered for Christ 14 to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on 15 the reward. 11:27 By faith he left Egypt without fearing the king’s anger, for he persevered as though he could see the one who is invisible. 11:28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, 16 so that the one who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. 11:29 By faith they crossed the Red Sea as if on dry ground, but when the Egyptians tried it, they were swallowed up. 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho 17 fell after the people marched around them 18 for seven days. 11:31 By faith Rahab the prostitute escaped the destruction of 19 the disobedient, because she welcomed the spies in peace.