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Hebrews 11 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. 1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
2 Faith is the reason we remember great people who lived in the past. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
3 It is by faith we understand that the whole world was made by God's command so what we see was made by something that cannot be seen. 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 It was by faith that Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. God said he was pleased with the gifts Abel offered and called Abel a good man because of his faith. Abel died, but through his faith he is still speaking. 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 It was by faith that Enoch was taken to heaven so he would not die. He could not be found, because God had taken him away. Before he was taken, the Scripture says that he was a man who truly pleased God. 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 Without faith no one can please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who truly want 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 It was by faith that Noah heard God's warnings about things he could not yet see. He obeyed God and built a large boat to save his family. By his faith, Noah showed that the world was wrong, and he became one of those who are made right with God through 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 It was by faith Abraham obeyed God's call to go to another place God promised to give him. He left his own country, not knowing where he was to go. 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 It was by faith that he lived like a foreigner in the country God promised to give him. He lived in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who had received that same promise from God. 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 Abraham was waiting for the city that has real foundations -- the city planned and built by God. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
11 He was too old to have children, and Sarah could not have children. It was by faith that Abraham was made able to become a father, because he trusted God to do what he had promised. 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 This man was so old he was almost dead, but from him came as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. Like the sand on the seashore, they could not be counted. 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 these great people died in faith. They did not get the things that God promised his people, but they saw them coming far in the future and were glad. They said they were like visitors and strangers 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 When people say such things, they show they are looking for a country that will be their own. 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 they had left, they could have gone back. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.
16 But they were waiting for a better country -- a heavenly country. So God is not ashamed to be called their God, because 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 It was by faith that Abraham, when God tested him, offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice. God made the promises to Abraham, but Abraham was ready to offer his own son as a sacrifice. 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 God had said, "The descendants I promised you will be from Isaac." 18 even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned."
19 Abraham believed that God could raise the dead, and really, it was as if Abraham got Isaac back from death. 19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.
20 It was by faith that Isaac blessed the future of Jacob and Esau. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
21 It was by faith that Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each one of Joseph's sons. Then he worshiped as he leaned on the top of his walking stick. 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 It was by faith that Joseph, while he was dying, spoke about the Israelites leaving Egypt and gave instructions about what to do with his body. 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 It was by faith that Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born. They saw that Moses was a beautiful baby, and they were not afraid to disobey the king's order. 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 It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of the king of Egypt's daughter. 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.
25 He chose to suffer with God's people instead of enjoying sin for a short time. 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 it was better to suffer for the Christ than to have all the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking for God's 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 It was by faith that Moses left Egypt and was not afraid of the king's anger. Moses continued strong as if he could see the God that no one can see. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
28 It was by faith that Moses prepared the Passover and spread the blood on the doors so the one who brings death would not kill the firstborn sons of Israel. 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 It was by faith that the people crossed the Red Sea as if it were 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 It was by faith that the walls of Jericho fell after the people had 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 It was by faith that Rahab, the prostitute, welcomed the spies and was not killed with those who refused to obey God. 31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
32 Do I need to give more examples? I do not have time to tell 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 their faith they defeated kingdoms. They did what was right, received God's promises, and 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 They stopped great fires and were saved from being killed with swords. They were weak, and yet were made strong. They were powerful in battle and defeated other 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 their dead relatives raised back to life. Others were tortured and refused to accept their freedom so they could be raised from the dead to a better life. 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 Some were laughed at and beaten. Others were put in chains and thrown into 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 half, and they were killed with swords. Some wore the skins of sheep and goats. They were poor, abused, and treated badly. 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 was not good enough for them! They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and holes in the earth. 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 are known for their faith, but none of them received what God had promised. 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.
40 God planned to give us something better so that they would be made perfect, but only together with us. 40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.