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Hebrews 11 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don't see. 1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
2 The elders in the past were approved because they showed faith. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
3 By faith we understand that the universe has been created by a word from God so that the visible came into existence from the invisible. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
4 By faith Abel offered a better sacrifice to God than Cain, which showed that he was righteous, since God gave approval to him for his gift. Though he died, he's still speaking through faith. 4 By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.
5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he didn't see death, and he wasn't found because God took him up. He was given approval for having pleased God before he was taken up. 5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
6 It's impossible to please God without faith because the one who draws near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards people who try to find him. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
7 By faith Noah responded with godly fear when he was warned about events he hadn't seen yet. He built an ark to deliver his household. With his faith, he criticized the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes from faith. 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out without knowing where he was going. 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
9 By faith he lived in the land he had been promised as a stranger. He lived in tents along with Isaac and Jacob, who were coheirs of the same promise. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
10 He was looking forward to a city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
11 By faith even Sarah received the ability to have a child, though she herself was barren and past the age for having children, because she believed that the one who promised was faithful. 11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren--was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.
12 So descendants were born from one man (and he was as good as dead). They were as many as the number of the stars in the sky and as countless as the grains of sand on the seashore. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
13 All of these people died in faith without receiving the promises, but they saw the promises from a distance and welcomed them. They confessed that they were strangers and immigrants on earth. 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.
14 People who say this kind of thing make it clear that they are looking for a homeland. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.
15 If they had been thinking about the country that they had left, they would have had the opportunity to return to it. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.
16 But at this point in time, they are longing for a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God isn't ashamed to be called their God—he has prepared a city for them. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
17 By faith Abraham offered Isaac when he was tested. The one who received the promises was offering his only son. 17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,
18 He had been told concerning him, Your legitimate descendants will come from Isaac. 18 even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned."
19 He figured that God could even raise him from the dead. So in a way he did receive him back from the dead. 19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.
20 By faith Isaac also blessed Jacob and Esau concerning their future. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
21 By faith Jacob blessed each of Joseph's sons as he was dying and bowed in worship over the head of his staff. 21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph recalled the exodus of the Israelites at the end of his life, and gave instructions about burying his bones. 22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.
23 By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months when he was born, because they saw that the child was beautiful and they weren't afraid of the king's orders. 23 By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.
24 By faith Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter when he was grown up. 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.
25 He chose to be mistreated with God's people instead of having the temporary pleasures of sin. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.
26 He thought that the abuses he suffered for Christ were more valuable than the treasures of Egypt, since he was looking forward to the reward. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
27 By faith he left Egypt without being afraid of the king's anger. He kept on going as if he could see what is invisible. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, in order that the destroyer could not touch their firstborn children. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
29 By faith they crossed the Red Sea as if they were on dry land, but when the Egyptians tried it, they were drowned. 29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
30 By faith Jericho's walls fell after the people marched around them for seven days. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.
31 By faith Rahab the prostitute wasn't killed with the disobedient because she welcomed the spies in peace. 31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
32 What more can I say? I would run out of time if I told you about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. 32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets,
33 Through faith they conquered kingdoms, brought about justice, realized promises, shut the mouths of lions, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,
34 put out raging fires, escaped from the edge of the sword, found strength in weakness, were mighty in war, and routed foreign armies. 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.
35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured and refused to be released so they could gain a better resurrection. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.
36 But others experienced public shame by being taunted and whipped; they were even put in chains and in prison. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.
37 They were stoned to death, they were cut in two, and they died by being murdered with swords. They went around wearing the skins of sheep and goats, needy, oppressed, and mistreated. 37 They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated--
38 The world didn't deserve them. They wandered around in deserts, mountains, caves, and holes in the ground. 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.
39 All these people didn't receive what was promised, though they were given approval for their faith. 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.
40 God provided something better for us so they wouldn't be made perfect without us. 40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.