By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance,1 obeyed and went,2 even though he did not know where he was going.
By faith he made his home in the promised land3 like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents,4 as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.510
For he was looking forward to the city6 with foundations,7 whose architect and builder is God.811
By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren9--was enabled to become a father10 because hea considered him faithful11 who had made the promise.
And so from this one man, and he as good as dead,12 came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.1313
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;14 they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.15 And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.16