11:1Now faith is the substantiating of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
11:2For in the power of this the elders have obtained testimony.
11:3By faith we apprehend that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that that which is seen should not take its origin from things which appear.
11:4By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained testimony of being righteous, God bearing testimony to his gifts, and by it, having died, he yet speaks.
11:5By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him; for before his translation he has the testimony that he had pleased God.
11:6But without faith it is impossible to please him. For he that draws near to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them who seek him out.
11:7By faith, Noah, oracularly warned concerning things not yet seen, moved with fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his house; by which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
11:8By faith Abraham, being called, obeyed to go out into the place which he was to receive for an inheritance, and went out, not knowing where he was going.
11:9By faith he sojourned as a stranger in the land of promise as a foreign country, having dwelt in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;
11:10for he waited for the city which has foundations, of which God is the artificer and constructor.
11:11By faith also Sarah herself received strength for the conception of seed, and that beyond a seasonable age; since she counted him faithful who promised.
11:12Wherefore also there have been born of one, and that of one become dead, even as the stars of heaven in multitude, and as the countless sand which is by the sea shore.
11:14For they who say such things shew clearly that they seek their country.
11:15And if they had called to mind that from whence they went out, they had had opportunity to have returned;
11:16but now they seek a better, that is, a heavenly; wherefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God; for he has prepared for them a city.
11:17By faith Abraham, when tried, offered up Isaac, and he who had received to himself the promises offered up his only begotten son,
11:18as to whom it had been said, In Isaac shall thy seed be called:
11:19counting that God was able to raise him even from among the dead, whence also he received him in a figure.
11:20By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
11:21By faith Jacob when dying blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshipped on the top of his staff.
11:22By faith Joseph when dying called to mind the going forth of the sons of Israel, and gave commandment concerning his bones.
11:23By faith Moses, being born, was hid three months by his parents, because they saw the child beautiful; and they did not fear the injunction of the king.
11:24By faith Moses, when he had become great, refused to be called son of Pharaoh's daughter;
11:25choosing rather to suffer affliction along with the people of God than to have the temporary pleasure of sin;
11:26esteeming the reproach of the Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he had respect to the recompense.
11:27By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he persevered, as seeing him who is invisible.
11:28By faith he celebrated the passover and the sprinkling of the blood, that the destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
11:29By faith they passed through the Red sea as through dry land; of which the Egyptians having made trial were swallowed up.
11:30By faith the walls of Jericho fell, having been encircled for seven days.
11:31By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with the unbelieving, having received the spies in peace.
11:32And what more do I say? For the time would fail me telling of Gideon, and Barak, and Samson, and Jephthah, and David and Samuel, and of the prophets:
11:33who by faith overcame kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped lions' mouths,
11:34quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, became strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, made the armies of strangers give way.
11:35Women received their dead again by resurrection; and others were tortured, not having accepted deliverance, that they might get a better resurrection;
11:36and others underwent trial of mockings and scourgings, yea, and of bonds and imprisonment.
11:37They were stoned, were sawn asunder, were tempted, died by the death of the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, destitute, afflicted, evil treated,
11:38(of whom the world was not worthy,) wandering in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caverns of the earth.
11:39And these all, having obtained witness through faith, did not receive the promise,
11:40God having foreseen some better thing for us, that they should not be made perfect without us.
12:2looking stedfastly on Jesus the leader and completer of faith: who, in view of the joy lying before him, endured the cross, having despised the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
12:3For consider well him who endured so great contradiction from sinners against himself, that ye be not weary, fainting in your minds.
12:4Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, wrestling against sin.
12:6for whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives.
12:7Ye endure for chastening, God conducts himself towards you as towards sons; for who is the son that the father chastens not?
12:8But if ye are without chastening, of which all have been made partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
12:9Moreover we have had the fathers of our flesh as chasteners, and we reverenced them; shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?
12:10For they indeed chastened for a few days, as seemed good to them; but he for profit, in order to the partaking of his holiness.
12:11But no chastening at the time seems to be matter of joy, but of grief; but afterwards yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those exercised by it.
12:12Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the failing knees;
12:13and make straight paths for your feet, that that which is lame be not turned aside; but that rather it may be healed.
12:14Pursue peace with all, and holiness, without which no one shall see the Lord:
12:15watching lest there be any one who lacks the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and many be defiled by it;
12:16lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one meal sold his birthright;
12:17for ye know that also afterwards, desiring to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, (for he found no place for repentance) although he sought it earnestly with tears.
12:18For ye have not come to the mount that might be touched and was all on fire, and to obscurity, and darkness, and tempest,
12:19and trumpet's sound, and voice of words; which they that heard, excusing themselves, declined the word being addressed to them any more:
12:20(for they were not able to bear what was enjoined: And if a beast should touch the mountain, it shall be stoned;
12:21and, so fearful was the sight, Moses said, I am exceedingly afraid and full of trembling;)
12:22but ye have come to mount Zion; and to the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem; and to myriads of angels,
12:23the universal gathering; and to the assembly of the firstborn who are registered in heaven; and to God, judge of all; and to the spirits of just men made perfect;
12:24and to Jesus, mediator of a new covenant; and to the blood of sprinkling, speaking better than Abel.
12:26whose voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, saying, Yet once will *I* shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.
12:27But this Yet once, signifies the removing of what is shaken, as being made, that what is not shaken may remain.
12:29For also our God is a consuming fire.
13:1Let brotherly love abide.
13:2Be not forgetful of hospitality; for by it some have unawares entertained angels.
13:3Remember prisoners, as bound with them; those that are evil-treated, as being yourselves also in the body.
13:4Let marriage be held every way in honour, and the bed be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers will God judge.
13:5Let your conversation be without love of money, satisfied with your present circumstances; for *he* has said, I will not leave thee, neither will I forsake thee.
13:6So that, taking courage, we may say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid: what will man do unto me?
13:7Remember your leaders who have spoken to you the word of God; and considering the issue of their conversation, imitate their faith.
13:8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and to the ages to come.
13:9Be not carried away with various and strange doctrines; for it is good that the heart be confirmed with grace, not meats; those who have walked in which have not been profited by them.
13:10We have an altar of which they have no right to eat who serve the tabernacle;
13:11for of those beasts whose blood is carried as sacrifices for sin into the holy of holies by the high priest, of these the bodies are burned outside the camp.
13:12Wherefore also Jesus, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered without the gate:
13:13therefore let us go forth to him without the camp, bearing his reproach:
13:14for we have not here an abiding city, but we seek the coming one.
13:15By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise continually to God, that is, the fruit of the lips confessing his name.
13:16But of doing good and communicating of your substance be not forgetful, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
13:17Obey your leaders, and be submissive; for *they* watch over your souls as those that shall give account; that they may do this with joy, and not groaning, for this would be unprofitable for you.
13:18Pray for us: for we persuade ourselves that we have a good conscience, in all things desirous to walk rightly.
13:19But I much more beseech you to do this, that I may the more quickly be restored to you.
13:22But I beseech you, brethren, bear the word of exhortation, for it is but in few words that I have written to you.
13:23Know that our brother Timotheus is set at liberty; with whom, if he should come soon, I will see you.
13:24Salute all your leaders, and all the saints. They from Italy salute you.
13:25Grace be with you all. Amen.