THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
By faith we understand the word and work of God—Faith of the ancients was centered in Christ—By faith men subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, and worked miracles.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were aframed
by the bword
of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
By faith aAbel
offered unto God a more excellent bsacrifice
than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
By faith aEnoch
that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this ctestimony
, that he pleased God.
But without afaith it is
impossible to please him:
for he that bcometh
to God must believe that he is, and that
he is a crewarder
of them that ddiligently eseek
By faith aNoah
, being bwarned
of God of things not seen as yet, cmoved
with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the drighteousness
which is by faith.
By faith aAbraham
, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an binheritance
; and he went out, not dknowing
whither he went.
By faith he asojourned
in the bland
, as in
a strange country, dwelling in dtabernacles
with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
For he looked for a acity
which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is
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.
Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many
as the stars of the sky in amultitude
, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
These all died in faith, not having received the apromises
, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them,
and embraced them,
and confessed that they were bstrangers
and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a acountry
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better acountry
, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Abraham, when he was btried
up Isaac: and he that had received the dpromises
offered up his only begotten son,
Of whom it was said, That in aIsaac
shall thy bseed
that God was
able to raise him
up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
By faith Isaac ablessed
Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
By faith aJacob
, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning
upon the top of his staff.
By faith aJoseph
, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
By faith aMoses
, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was
child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the ason
of Pharaoh’s daughter;
Choosing rather to asuffer
affliction with the bpeople
of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the areproach
of Christ greater briches
than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
Through faith he kept the apassover
, and the sprinkling of bblood
, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
By faith they passed through the Red asea
as by dry land:
which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
By faith the awalls
of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
the harlot bRahab
perished not with cthem
that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of aBarak
, and of
Samson, and of bJephthae
David also, and Samuel, and of
Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained apromises
, stopped the mouths of blions
Quenched the violence of afire
, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made bstrong
, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting adeliverance
; that they might obtain ba
And others had trial of acruel bmockings
and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
They were astoned
, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And these all, having obtained a agood breport
through faith, received not the promise:
some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made cperfect