Hebrews 11:20-40 NIV

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.1

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21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons,2 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.3

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23 By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born,4 because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.5

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24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.6

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25 He chose to be mistreated7 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 disgrace8 for the sake of Christ9 as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.10

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      27 By faith he left Egypt,11 not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

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      28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer12 of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.13

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      29 By faith the people passed through the Red Seaa as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.14

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        • d 11:29 - That is, Sea of Reeds
          30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.15

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          31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.b16

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          32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon,17 Barak,18 Samson,19 Jephthah,20 David,21 Samuel22 and the prophets,

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          33 who through faith conquered kingdoms,23 administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,24

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          34 quenched the fury of the flames,25 and escaped the edge of the sword;26 whose weakness was turned to strength;27 and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.28

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          35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again.29 Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.

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          36 Some faced jeers and flogging,30 while still others were chained and put in prison.31

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          37 They were stonedc;32 they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword.33 They went about in sheepskins and goatskins,34 destitute, persecuted and mistreated--

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            • f 11:37 - Some early manuscripts "stoned; they were put to the test;"
              38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves35 and holes in the ground.

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              39 These were all commended36 for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.37

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                  40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us38 would they be made perfect.39

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