The Triumphs of Faith

1 Now faith is the 1assurance of things 2hoped for, the conviction of 3things not seen.
2 For by it the 4men of old 5gained approval.
3 By faith we understand that the 6worlds were prepared 7by the word of God, so that what is seen 8was not made out of things which are visible.
5 By faith 13Enoch was taken up so that he would not 14see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who 15comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
7 By faith 16Noah, being 17warned by God about 18things not yet seen, 19in reverence 20prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of 21the righteousness which is according to faith.
8 By faith 22Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to 23receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9 By faith he lived as an alien in 24the land of promise, as in a foreign land, 25dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, 26fellow heirs of the same promise;
10 for he was looking for 27the city which has 28foundations, 29whose architect and builder is God.
12 Therefore there was born even of one man, and 32him as good as dead at that, as many descendants 33AS THE STARS OF HEAVEN IN NUMBER, AND INNUMERABLE AS THE SAND WHICH IS BY THE SEASHORE.
13 34All these died in faith, 35without receiving the promises, but 36having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and 37having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.
15 And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, 38they would have had opportunity to return.
16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a 39heavenly one. Therefore 40God is not ashamed to be 41called their God; for 42He has prepared a city for them.
17 By faith 43Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had 44received the promises was offering up his only begotten son;
18 it was he to whom it was said, "45IN ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED."
19 He considered that 46God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a 47type.