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Hebrews 11:16-26 (New International Version)

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16 Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one.1 Therefore God is not ashamed2 to be called their God,3 for he has prepared a city4 for them. 17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.5 He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspringa will be reckoned."b6 19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead,7 and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.8 21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons,9 and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.10 23 By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born,11 because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.12 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.13 25 He chose to be mistreated14 along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. 26 He regarded disgrace15 for the sake of Christ16 as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.17
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