By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended1 as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings.2 And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.35
By 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.4 For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him5 must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen,6 in holy fear built an ark7 to save his family.8 By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.9