1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Ro 8:24; 2Co 4:18; 2Co 5:7; 1Pe 1:8)2For by it the people of old received their commendation.3By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (Ge 1:1; Ro 4:17)4By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. (Ge 4:4; Ge 4:10; Pr 15:8; Heb 12:24; 1Jo 3:12)5By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. (Ge 5:22; 2Ki 2:11)6And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (1Ch 28:9; Jer 29:12; Joh 4:24)7By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (Ge 6:9; Ge 6:13; Eze 14:14; Eze 14:20; Lu 17:26; Ro 4:13; Heb 11:1; 1Pe 3:20)8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (Ge 12:1; Ge 12:7; Ac 7:2)9By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. (Ge 12:8; Ge 13:3; Ge 13:18; Ge 18:1; Ge 18:9; Ge 35:27; Ac 7:5)10For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. (Ps 87:1; Heb 12:22; Heb 13:14; Re 21:2; Re 21:10; Re 21:14)11By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. (Ge 17:19; Ge 18:11; Ge 21:2; Heb 10:23)12Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. (Ge 15:5; Ge 22:17; Ge 32:12; Ro 4:19)13These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. (Ge 23:4; Ge 47:9; 1Ch 29:15; Ps 39:12; Mt 13:17; Joh 8:56; Eph 2:19; Heb 11:27; Heb 11:39)14For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.15If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. (Ge 24:6)16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. (Ge 26:24; Ge 28:13; Ex 3:6; Ex 4:5; Mt 25:34; Joh 14:2; Heb 2:11; Heb 11:10)17By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, (Ge 22:1; Jas 2:21)18of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” (Ge 21:12; Ro 9:7)19He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. (Ro 4:17)20By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. (Ge 27:27; Ge 27:39)21By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff. (Ge 47:31; Ge 48:16; Ge 48:20)22By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones. (Ge 50:24; Ex 13:19)23By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. (Ex 1:16; Ex 1:22; Ex 2:2; Ac 7:20)24By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, (Ex 2:10)25choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. (Job 36:21; Ps 84:10; 1Jo 2:17)26He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. (Ps 89:50; Php 3:7; Heb 2:2; Heb 10:35; Heb 13:13; 1Pe 4:14)27By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. (Ex 10:28; Ex 12:37; Ex 13:17; 1Ti 1:17; Heb 11:13)28By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them. (Ex 12:21)29By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. (Ex 14:21)30By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. (Jos 6:15; Jos 6:20)31By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. (Jos 2:1; Jos 2:8; Jos 6:25; Jas 2:25)32And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— (Jud 4:6; Jud 6:11; Jud 11:1; Jud 13:24; 1Sa 1:20; 1Sa 16:1; 1Sa 16:13)33who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, (Jud 14:6; 1Sa 17:35; Da 6:22)34quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. (Jud 7:21; 1Sa 17:51; 2Sa 12:29; Da 3:25)35Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. (1Ki 17:22; 2Ki 4:35)36Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. (Ge 39:20; Jer 20:2; Jer 37:15)37They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— (1Ki 19:10; 1Ki 21:13; 2Ki 1:8; 2Ch 24:21; Jer 26:23)38of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. (1Sa 22:1; 1Ki 18:4; 1Ki 19:9)39And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, (Heb 11:2; Heb 11:13; 1Pe 1:12)40since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. (Re 6:11)
New International Version
Faith in Action
1Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.2This is what the ancients were commended for.3By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.4By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.5By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.6And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.7By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.8By 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.9By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.10For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.11And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.12And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.13All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.14People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.15If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.16Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.17By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,18even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”19Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.20By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.21By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.22By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.23By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.24By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.25He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.26He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.27By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.28By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.29By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.30By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.31By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.32And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets,33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,34quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.35Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection.36Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.37They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—38the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.39These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,40since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
King James Version
1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.2For by it the elders obtained a good report.3Through 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.4By 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.5By 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.6But 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.7By 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.8By 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.9By 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:10For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.11Through 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.12Therefore 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.13These 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.14For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.15And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.16But 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.17By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,18Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:19Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.20By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.21By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.22By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.23By 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.24By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;25Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;26Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.27By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.28Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.29By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.30By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.31By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.32And 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:33Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,34Quenched 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.35Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:36And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:37They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;38(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.39And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:40God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
New Int. Readers Version
Living by Faith
1Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being certain of what we do not see.2That is what the people of long ago were praised for.3We have faith. So we understand that everything was made when God commanded it. That's why we believe that what we see was not made out of what could be seen.4Abel had faith. So he offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. Because of his faith Abel was praised as a godly man. God said good things about his offerings. Because of his faith Abel still speaks. He speaks even though he is dead.5Enoch had faith. So he was taken from this life. He didn't die. He just couldn't be found. God had taken him away. Before God took him, Enoch was praised as one who pleased God.6Without faith it isn't possible to please God. Those who come to God must believe that he exists. And they must believe that he rewards those who look to him.7Noah had faith. So he built an ark to save his family. He built it because of his great respect for God. God had warned him about things that could not yet be seen. Because of his faith he showed the world that it was guilty. Because of his faith he was considered right with God.8Abraham had faith. So he obeyed God. God called him to go to a place he would later receive as his own. So he went. He did it even though he didn't know where he was going.9Because of his faith he made his home in the land God had promised him. He was like an outsider in a strange country. He lived there in tents. So did Isaac and Jacob. They received the same promise he did.10Abraham was looking forward to the city that has foundations. He was waiting for the city that God planned and built.11Abraham had faith. So God made it possible for him to become a father. He became a father even though he was too old. Sarah also was too old to have children. But Abraham believed that the One who made the promise was faithful.12Abraham was past the time when he could have children. But many children came from that one man. They were as many as the stars in the sky. They were as many as the sand on the seashore. No one could count them.13All those people were still living by faith when they died. They didn't receive the things God had promised. They only saw them and welcomed them from a long way off. They openly said that they were outsiders and strangers on earth.14People who say things like that show that they are looking for a country of their own.15What if they had been thinking of the country they had left? Then they could have returned to it.16Instead, they longed for a better country. They wanted one in heaven. So God is pleased when they call him their God. In fact, he has prepared a city for them.17Abraham had faith. So he offered Isaac as a sacrifice. That happened when God put him to the test. Abraham had received the promises. But he was about to offer his one and only son.18God had said to him, “Your family line will continue through Isaac.” Even so, Abraham was going to offer him up. (Ge 21:12)19Abraham believed that God could raise the dead. In a way, he did receive Isaac back from death.20Isaac had faith. So he blessed Jacob and Esau. He told them what was ahead for them.21Jacob had faith. So he blessed each of Joseph's sons. He blessed them when he was dying. Because of his faith he worshiped God as he leaned on the top of his wooden staff.22Joseph had faith. So he spoke to the people of Israel about their leaving Egypt. He gave directions about his bones. He did that toward the end of his life.23Moses’ parents had faith. So they hid him for three months after he was born. They saw he was a special child. They were not afraid of the king's command.24Moses had faith. So he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. That happened after he had grown up.25He chose to be treated badly together with the people of God. He chose that instead of enjoying sin's pleasures for a short time.26He suffered shame because of Christ. He thought it had great value. He considered it better than the riches of Egypt. He was looking ahead to God's reward.27Because of his faith he left Egypt. It wasn't because he was afraid of the king's anger. He didn't let anything stop him. He saw the One who can't be seen.28Because of his faith he was the first to keep the Passover Feast. He commanded the people of Israel to sprinkle blood on their doorways. He did it so that the destroying angel would not touch their oldest sons.29The people had faith. So they passed through the Red Sea. They went through it as if it were dry land. The Egyptians tried to do it also. But they drowned.30The people had faith. So the walls of Jericho fell down. It happened after they had marched around the city for seven days.31Rahab, the prostitute, had faith. So she welcomed the spies. That's why she wasn't killed with those who didn't obey God.32What more can I say? I don't have time to tell about all the others. I don't have time to talk about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah. I don't have time to tell about David, Samuel and the prophets.33Because of their faith they took over kingdoms. They ruled fairly. They received the blessings God had promised. They shut the mouths of lions.34They put out great fires. They escaped being killed by the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became powerful in battle. They beat back armies from other countries.35Women received their dead back. The dead were raised to life again. Others were made to suffer greatly. But they refused to be set free. They did that so that after death they would be raised to a better life.36Some were laughed at. Some were whipped. Still others were held by chains. They were put in prison.37Some were killed with stones. They were sawed in two. They were put to death by the sword. They went around wearing the skins of sheep and goats. They were poor. They were attacked. They were treated badly.38The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains. They lived in caves. They lived in holes in the ground.39All of those people were praised because they had faith. But none of them received what God had promised.40God had planned something better for us. So they would only be made perfect together with us.