11:1¤ Now, faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that appear not.
11:2For by this the ancients obtained a testimony.
11:3By faith we understand that the world was framed by the word of God: that from invisible things visible things might be made.
11:4By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice exceeding that of Cain, by which he obtained a testimony that he was just, God giving testimony to his gifts. And by it he being dead yet speaketh.
11:5By faith Henoch was translated that he should not see death: and he was not found because God had translated him. For before his translation he had testimony that he pleased God.
11:6But without faith it is impossible to please God. For he that cometh to God must believe that he is: and is a rewarder to them that seek him.
11:7By faith Noe, having received an answer concerning those things which as yet were not seen, moved with fear, framed the ark for the saving of his house: by the which he condemned the world and was instituted heir of the justice which is by faith.
11:8By faith he that is called Abraham obeyed to go out into a place which he was to receive for an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing whither he went.
11:9By faith he abode in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in cottages, with Isaac and Jacob, the co-heirs of the same promise.
11:10For he looked for a city that hath foundations: whose builder and maker is God.
11:11By faith also Sara herself, being barren, received strength to conceive seed, even past the time of age: because she believed that he was faithful who had promised,
11:12For which cause there sprung even from one (and him as good as dead) as the stars of heaven in multitude and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
11:13All these died according to faith, not having received the promises but beholding them afar off and saluting them and confessing that they are pilgrims and strangers on the earth.
11:14For they that say these things do signify that they seek a country.
11:15And truly, if they had been mindful of that from whence they came out, they had doubtless, time to return.
11:16But now they desire a better, that is to say, a heavenly country. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
11:17By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
11:18(To whom it was said: In Isaac shalt thy seed be called:)
11:19Accounting that God is able to raise up even from the dead. Whereupon also he received him for a parable.
11:20By faith also of things to come Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau.
11:21By faith Jacob, dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and adored the top of his rod.
11:22By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the going out of the children of Israel and gave commandment concerning his bones.
11:23By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents: because they saw he was a comely babe, and they feared not the king's edict.
11:24By faith Moses, when he was grown up, denied himself to be the son of Pharao's daughter:
11:25Rather choosing to be afflicted with the people of God than to have the pleasure of sin for a time:
11:26Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasure of the Egyptians. For he looked unto the reward.
11:27By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the fierceness of the king: for he endured, as seeing him that is invisible.
11:28By faith he celebrated the pasch and the shedding of the blood: that he who destroyed the firstborn might not touch them.
11:29By faith they passed through the Red Sea, as by dry land: which the Egyptians attempting, were swallowed up.
11:30By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, by the going round them seven days.
11:31By faith Rahab the harlot perished not with the unbelievers, receiving the spies with peace.
11:32And what shall I yet say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, Barac, Samson, Jephthe, David, Samuel, and the prophets:
11:33Who by faith conquered kingdoms, wrought justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
11:34Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, recovered strength from weakness, became valiant in battle, put to flight the armies of foreigners.
11:35Women received their dead raised to life again. But others were racked, not accepting deliverance, that they might find a better resurrection.
11:36And others had trial of mockeries and stripes: moreover also of bands and prisons.
11:37They were stoned, they were cut asunder, they were tempted, they were put to death by the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being in want, distressed, afflicted:
11:38Of whom the world was not worthy: wandering in deserts, in mountains and in dens and in caves of the earth.
11:39And all these, being approved by the testimony of faith, received not the promise:
11:40God providing some better thing for us, that they should not be perfected without us.
12:1¤ And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us:
12:2Looking on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who, having joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and now sitteth on the right hand of the throne of God.
12:3For think diligently upon him that endured such opposition from sinners against himself that you be not wearied, fainting in your minds.
12:4For you have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
12:5And you have forgotten the consolation which speaketh to you, as unto children, saying: My son, neglect not the discipline of the Lord: neither be thou wearied whilst thou art rebuked by him.
12:6For whom the Lord loveth he chastiseth: and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
12:7Persevere under discipline. God dealeth with you as with his sons. For what son is there whom the father doth not correct?
12:8But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are made partakers, then are you bastards and not sons.
12:9Moreover, we have had fathers of our flesh for instructors, and we reverenced them. Shall we not much more obey the Father of spirits and live?
12:10And they indeed for a few days, according to their own pleasure, instructed us: but he, for our profit, that we might receive his sanctification.
12:11Now all chastisement for the present indeed seemeth not to bring with it joy, but sorrow: but afterwards it will yield to them that are exercised by it the most peaceable fruit of justice.
12:12Wherefore, lift up the hands which hang down and the feeble knees:
12:13And make straight steps with your feet: that no one, halting, may go out of the way; but rather be healed.
12:14Follow peace with all men and holiness: without which no man shall see God.
12:15Looking diligently, lest any man be wanting to the grace of God: lest any root of bitterness springing up do hinder and by it many be defiled:
12:16Lest there be any fornicator or profane person, as Esau who for one mess sold his first birthright.
12:17For know ye that afterwards, when he desired to inherit the benediction, he was rejected. For he found no place of repentance, although with tears he had sought it.
12:18For you are not come to a mountain that might be touched and a burning fire and a whirlwind and darkness and storm,
12:19And the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, which they that heard excused themselves, that the word might not be spoken to them.
12:20For they did not endure that which was said: and if so much as a beast shall touch the mount, it shall be stoned.
12:21And so terrible was that which was seen, Moses said: I am frighted, and tremble.
12:22But you are come to mount Sion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to the company of many thousands of angels,
12:23And to the church of the firstborn who are written in the heavens, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the just made perfect,
12:24And to Jesus the mediator of the new testament, and to the sprinkling of blood which speaketh better than that of Abel.
12:25See that you refuse him not that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke upon the earth, much more shall not we that turn away from him that speaketh to us from heaven.
12:26Whose voice then moved the earth; but now he promiseth, saying: Yet once more: and I will move, not only the earth, but heaven also.
12:27And in that he saith: Yet once more, he signifieth the translation of the moveable things as made, that those things may remain which are immoveable.
12:28Therefore, receiving an immoveable kingdom, we have grace: whereby let us serve, pleasing God, with fear and reverence.
12:29For our God is a consuming fire.
13:1¤ Let the charity of the brotherhood abide in you.
13:2And hospitality do not forget: for by this some, being not aware of it, have entertained angels.
13:3Remember them that are in bands, as if you were bound with them: and them that labour, as being yourselves also in the body.
13:4Marriage honourable in all, and the bed undefiled. For fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
13:5Let your manners be without covetousness, contented with such things as you have. For he hath said: I will not leave thee: neither will I forsake thee.
13:6So that we may confidently say: The Lord is my helper: I will not fear what man shall do to me.
13:7Remember your prelates who have spoken the word of God to you: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation,
13:8Jesus Christ, yesterday, and today: and the same for ever.
13:9Be not led away with various and strange doctrines. For it is best that the heart be established with grace, not with meats: which have not profited those that walk in them.
13:10We have an altar whereof they have no power to eat who serve the tabernacle.
13:11For the bodies of those beasts whose blood is brought into the holies by the high priest for sin are burned without the camp.
13:12Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13:14For, we have not here a lasting city: but we seek one that is to come.
13:15By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise always to God, that is to say, the fruit of lips confessing to his name.
13:16And do not forget to do good and to impart: for by such sacrifices God's favour is obtained.
13:17Obey your prelates and be subject to them. For they watch as being to render an account of your souls: that they may do this with joy and not with grief. For this is not expedient for you.
13:18Pray for us. For we trust we have a good conscience, being willing to behave ourselves well in all things.
13:19And I beseech you the more to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
13:20And may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great pastor of the sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the blood of the everlasting testament,
13:21Fit you in all goodness, that you may do his will; doing in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom is glory for ever and ever. Amen.
13:22And I beseech you, brethren, that you suffer this word of consolation. For I have written to you in a few words.
13:23Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty: with whom (if he come shortly) I will see you.
13:24Salute all your prelates and all the saints. The brethren from Italy salute you.
13:25Grace be with you all. Amen.