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Hebrews 11:1-6 (Today's New International Version)

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Faith in Action

1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for1 and certain of what we do not see.2 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.3 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command,4 so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended5 as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings.6 And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.7 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."a8 For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him9 must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
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