By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.121
By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons,2 and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.323
By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born,4 because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.524
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.625
He chose to be mistreated7 along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.
He regarded disgrace8 for the sake of Christ9 as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.1027
By faith he left Egypt,11 not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer12 of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.1329
By faith the people passed through the Red Seaa as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.1430
By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.1531
By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.b1632
And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon,17 Barak,18 Samson,19 Jephthah,20 David,21 Samuel22 and the prophets,
who through faith conquered kingdoms,23 administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,2434
quenched the fury of the flames,25 and escaped the edge of the sword;26 whose weakness was turned to strength;27 and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.2835
Women received back their dead, raised to life again.29 Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.
Some faced jeers and flogging,30 while still others were chained and put in prison.3137
They were stonedc;32 they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword.33 They went about in sheepskins and goatskins,34 destitute, persecuted and mistreated--
the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves35 and holes in the ground.
These were all commended36 for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.3740
God had planned something better for us so that only together with us38 would they be made perfect.39