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.1614
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.1716
Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one.18 Therefore God is not ashamed19 to be called their God,20 for he has prepared a city21 for them.
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.22 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."c23