32But remember the earlier days, after you saw the light. You stood your ground while you were suffering from an enormous amount of pressure.33Sometimes you were exposed to insults and abuse in public. Other times you became partners with those who were treated that way.34You even showed sympathy toward people in prison and accepted the confiscation of your possessions with joy, since you knew that you had better and lasting possessions.35So don't throw away your confidence—it brings a great reward.36You need to endure so that you can receive the promises after you do God's will.37In a little while longer, the one who is coming will come and won't delay; 38but my righteous one will live by faith, and my whole being won't be pleased with anyone who shrinks back.39But we aren't the sort of people who timidly draw back and end up being destroyed. We're the sort of people who have faith so that our whole beings are preserved.
1Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don't see.2The elders in the past were approved because they showed faith.3By faith we understand that the universe has been created by a word from God so that the visible came into existence from the invisible.