All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;1 they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.2 And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.3
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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.4
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Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one.5 Therefore God is not ashamed6 to be called their God,7 for he has prepared a city8 for them.
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