1 But faith is a confidence in respect to things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the ancients obtained a good repute.
3 We know by faith that the worlds were made by the word of God, that the seen was not made from the apparent.
4 By faith Abel offered to God a greater sacrifice than Cain, through which he was declared to be righteous, God testifying to his gifts, and through the same, having died, he speaks still.
5 By faith Enoch was translated without seeing death, and was not found because God translated him. For before the translation he was said to have pleased God; 6 but without faith it is impossible to please; for he that comes to God, must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those that seek him.
7 By faith Noah having been divinely instructed concerning things not yet seen, fearing built the ark for the salvation of his house, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness by faith.
8 By faith Abraham being called obeyed and went out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance, and went out not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he resided temporarily in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, co-heirs of the same promise; 10 for he looked for the city which has foundations [fixed abodes] whose designer and builder is God.
11 By faith also Sarah herself received power to become a mother, even beyond the usual age, because she regarded him faithful that promised. 12 Wherefore also there were born of one, and those of one dead, [a posterity] like the stars of heaven for multitude, and like the sands on the sea-shore innumerable.
13 All these died in faith not having received the promises, but having seen and saluted them from a distance, and having professed that they were foreigners and strangers on the earth. 14 For those who say such things show that they seek a native country. 15 And if they had remembered that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return; 16 but now they seek a better, that is a heavenly [country]. Wherefore God is not ashamed of them to be called their God; for he has prepared for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham when tried offered Isaac, and he that received the promises offered his only son, 18 of whom it was said, In Isaac shall your posterity be called, 19 judging that God was able to raise even from the dead; whence also in a figure he received him.
20 By faith also Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in respect to things to come. 21 By faith Jacob dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshipped leaning on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph at the close of life made mention of the exodus of the children of Israel and gave charge concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses when he was born was hid three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they feared not the command of the king. 24 By faith Moses when he became a man refused to be called a son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to have an enjoyment of sin for a time, 26 judging the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he had respect to the reward.
27 By faith he left Egypt, not having feared the displeasure of the king; for he endured as seeing him that is invisible. 28 By faith he observed the passover and the pouring out of blood, that the destroyer of the first-born might not touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as through dry land, which the Egyptians attempting were swallowed up.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down when they had been surrounded seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the harlot escaped destruction with the disobedient, having received the spies in peace.
32 And why should I say more? For time would fail me to relate of Gideon and Barak, and Sampson and Jepthah, and David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who by faith subdued kingdoms, performed righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 extinguished the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put to flight encampments of foreigners; 35 women received their dead from a resurrection, others were tortured having not accepted redemption, that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36 and others had trial of mockings and scourges, and besides of bonds and imprisonment; 37 they were stoned, they were cut to pieces with saws, they were tried, they died with the death of the sword, they wandered about in sheep-skins and goat-skins, destitute, afflicted, injuriously treated, 38 of whom the world was not worthy, wandering in deserts and mountains, and in caves and openings of the earth.
39 And none of these who became martyrs through faith received the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.