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.98
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance,10 obeyed and went,11 even though he did not know where he was going.
By faith he made his home in the promised land12 like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents,13 as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.1410
For he was looking forward to the city15 with foundations,16 whose architect and builder is God.1711
By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren18--was enabled to become a father19 because hea considered him faithful20 who had made the promise.
And so from this one man, and he as good as dead,21 came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.2213
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;23 they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.24 And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.2514
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.2616
Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one.27 Therefore God is not ashamed28 to be called their God,29 for he has prepared a city30 for them.
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.31 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."c3219
Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead,33 and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.3421
By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons,35 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.3623
By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born,37 because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.3824
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.3925
He chose to be mistreated40 along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.
He regarded disgrace41 for the sake of Christ42 as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.4327
By faith he left Egypt,44 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 destroyer45 of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.4629
By faith the people passed through the Red Sead as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.4730
By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.4831
By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.e49