Hebrews 11:16-26 NIV

16 Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one.1 Therefore God is not ashamed2 to be called their God,3 for he has prepared a city4 for them.

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17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.5 He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,

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18 even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspringa will be reckoned."b6

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      19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead,7 and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.

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      20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.8

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      21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons,9 and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

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      22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.10

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      23 By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born,11 because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.12

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      24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.13

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      25 He chose to be mistreated14 along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.

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          26 He regarded disgrace15 for the sake of Christ16 as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.17

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