1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
1 Now faith is the assurance that what we hope for will come about and the certainty that what we cannot see exists.
1 Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
3 By faith we understand that time was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are invisible.
3 By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
4 By faith (I)Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he (J)obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying (f)about his (K)gifts, and through (g)faith, though (L)he is dead, he still speaks.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through his faith.(C)
4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did, and by faith he was declared to be righteous, since God himself accepted his offerings. And by faith he continues to speak, even though he is dead.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
5 By faith Enoch was taken away without experiencing death. He could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he won approval as one who pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
6 Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.
6 Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently search for him.
6 But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.
7 By faith (P)Noah, being (Q)warned by God about (R)things not yet seen, (h)(S)in reverence (T)prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of (U)the righteousness which is according to faith.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
7 By faith Noah, after he was warned about what was not yet seen and motivated by godly fear, built an ark to deliver his family. By faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.(E)
7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, reverently prepared an ark to save his family, and by faith he condemned the world and inherited the righteousness that comes by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called [by God], obeyed by going to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went, not knowing where he was going.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who also inherited the same promise,
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
10 because he was waiting for the city with permanent foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
10 For he was [waiting expectantly and confidently] looking forward to the city which has foundations, [an eternal, heavenly city] whose architect and builder is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
11 By faith even Sarah herself, when she was unable to have children, received power to conceive offspring, even though she was past the age, since she(f) considered that the One who had promised was faithful.(I)
11 By faith Sarah, even though she was old and barren, received the strength to conceive, because she was convinced that the one who had made the promise was faithful.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
12 Abraham was as good as dead, yet from this one man came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
13 (AH)All these died in faith, (AI)without receiving the promises, but (AJ)having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and (AK)having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
13 All these people died having faith. They did not receive the things that were promised, yet they saw them in the distant future and welcomed them, acknowledging that they were strangers and foreigners on earth.
14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
14 Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
14 For people who say such things make it clear that they are looking for a country of their own.
14 Now those who say such things make it clear that they are looking for a country of their own.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
15 If they were thinking about where they came from, they would have had an opportunity to return.
15 If they had been thinking about what they had left behind, they would have had an opportunity to go back.
15 And if they had been thinking of that country from which they departed [as their true home], they would have had [a continuing] opportunity to return.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
16 Instead, they were longing for a better country, that is, a heavenly one. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, because he has prepared a city for them.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered Isaac he who had received the promises was about to offer his unique son in sacrifice,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
18 about whom it had been said, "It is through Isaac that descendants will be named for you."
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
19 Abraham was certain that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did get Isaac back in this way.
19 For he considered [it reasonable to believe] that God was able to raise Isaac even from among the dead. [Indeed, in the sense that he was prepared to sacrifice Isaac in obedience to God] Abraham did receive him back [from the dead] figuratively speaking.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons "and worshipped while leaning on the top of his staff."
22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelis and gave them instructions about burying his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.
23 By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after he was born, because they saw that he was a beautiful child and were not afraid of the king's order.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh's daughter,
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
25 because he preferred being mistreated with God's people to enjoying the pleasures of sin for a short time.
25 because he preferred to endure the hardship of the people of God rather than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
26 He thought that being insulted for the sake of the Messiah was of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
27 By faith he left Egypt, without being afraid of the king's anger, and he persevered because he saw the one who is invisible.
28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
28 By faith he instituted the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn might not touch the Israelites.
28 By faith he established the Passover and the sprinkling of blood to keep the destroyer of the firstborn from touching the people.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
29 By faith they went through the Red Sea as if it were dry land. When the Egyptians tried to do this, they were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after being encircled by the Israelites for seven days.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not die with those who were disobedient, because she had welcomed the spies with a greeting of peace.
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
32 And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell you about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets.
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
33 Through faith they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, received promises, shut the mouths of lions,
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
34 put out raging fires, escaped death by the sword, found strength in weakness, became powerful in battle, and routed foreign armies.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
35 Women received their dead—they were raised to life again. Some men were tortured, not accepting release, so that they might gain a better resurrection,
35 Women received their dead raised back to life. Other people were brutally tortured, but refused to be ransomed, so that they might gain a better resurrection.
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
36 Still others endured taunts and floggings, and even chains and imprisonment.
36 and others experienced the trial of mocking and scourging [amid torture], and even chains and imprisonment.
37 They were (CE)stoned, they were (CF)sawn in two, (w)they were tempted, they were (CG)put to death with the sword; they went about (CH)in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, (CI)ill-treated
37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
37 They were stoned to death, sawed in half, and killed with swords. They went around in sheepskins and goatskins. They were needy, oppressed, and mistreated.
37 They were stoned [to death], they were sawn in two, they were lured with tempting offers [to renounce their faith], they were put to death by the sword; they went about wrapped in the skins of sheep and goats, utterly destitute, oppressed, cruelly treated
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
38 The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and on mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.
38 The world wasn't worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and from caves to holes in the ground.
38 (people of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and [living in] caves and holes in the ground.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
39 All these were approved through their faith, but they did not receive what was promised,
39 All these people won approval for their faith but they did not receive what was promised,
39 And all of these, though they gained [divine] approval through their faith, did not receive [the fulfillment of] what was promised,
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
40 since God had planned something better for us, so that they would not be perfected without us.
40 because God had us in mind and had something better for us, so that they [these men and women of authentic faith] would not be made perfect [that is, completed in Him] apart from us.
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