1Nowfaithis the substancea of things hoped for , the evidence of thingsnotseen .
2Forbyit the elders obtained a good report .
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God,so that things which are seenwerenotmadeof things which do appear .
By faithAbeloffered unto God a more excellentsacrificethanCain,bywhich he obtained witness that he wasrighteous,Godtestifyingofhisgifts:andbyit he being deadyetbspeaketh .
By faithEnoch was translated that he shouldnotseedeath;andwasnotfound , becauseGod had translatedhim:forbeforehistranslation he had this testimony , that he pleasedGod.6Butwithoutfaith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to Godmustbelievethat he is , and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seekhim.7
By faithNoah, being warned of Godof things notseen as yet, moved with fear , prepared an arkto the saving of hishouse;by the which he condemned the world,andbecameheir of the righteousness which is byfaith.8
By faithAbraham, when he was called to go outinto a placewhich he should afterreceivefor an inheritance,obeyed ; and he went out , notknowingwhither he went .
By faith he sojournedin the land of promise,as in a strange country,dwellingintabernacleswithIsaacandJacob, the heirs with him of the samepromise:10For he looked for a city which hathfoundations,whosebuilderandmaker is God.11
Through faithalsoSaraherselfreceivedstrengthtoconceiveseed,and was delivered of a child when she was pastage , because she judged him faithful who had promised .
12Therefore sprang thereevenofone,andhim as good as dead , so many as the stars of the sky in multitude,andas the sandwhich is by the seashoreinnumerable.13Thesealldiedinfaith,cnot having received the promises,but having seenthem afar off,and were persuaded of them, andembraced them, andconfessedthat they werestrangersandpilgrimson the earth.14For they that say such things declare plainlythat they seek a country.15Andtruly,if they had been mindful of that country fromwhence they came out , they might have hadopportunity to have returned .
16Butnow they desire a better country, that is , an heavenly:whereforeGodisnotashamed to be calledtheirGod:for he hath prepared for them a city.