By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren1--was enabled to become a father2 because hea considered him faithful3 who had made the promise.
And so from this one man, and he as good as dead,4 came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.513
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;6 they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.7 And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.814
People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.
If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.916
Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one.10 Therefore God is not ashamed11 to be called their God,12 for he has prepared a city13 for them.
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.14 He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,
even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspringb will be reckoned."c1519
Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead,16 and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.1721
By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons,18 and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.