And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him1 must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen,2 in holy fear built an ark3 to save his family.4 By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.58
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance,6 obeyed and went,7 even though he did not know where he was going.
By faith he made his home in the promised land8 like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents,9 as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.1010
For he was looking forward to the city11 with foundations,12 whose architect and builder is God.1311
By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren14--was enabled to become a father15 because hea considered him faithful16 who had made the promise.
And so from this one man, and he as good as dead,17 came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.1813
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;19 they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.20 And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.2114
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.2216
Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one.23 Therefore God is not ashamed24 to be called their God,25 for he has prepared a city26 for them.