Now faith is being sure of what we hope for1 and certain of what we do not see.22
This is what the ancients were commended for.33
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.
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.75
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.
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.