The unique way of faith
The definition of faith
is the 2substantiation
of things 3bhoped
for, the 4conviction
of things 5cnot
The witnesses of faith
in this the elders have obtained a good atestimony
faith we understand that the 2auniverse
has been framed by the 3bword
of God, so that what is seen has not come into cbeing
out of things which appear.
offered to God a 1more
excellent sacrifice than bCain
, through which he obtained the ctestimony
that he was righteous, God dtestifying
to his gifts; and through 2faith
, though he has died, he still espeaks
was translated so that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For before his translation he obtained the btestimony
that he had been well pleasing to God.
without faith it is impossible to 1be
well pleasing to Him,
for he who acomes
forward to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who 2bdiligently
, having been divinely instructed concerning things not yet seen and
being moved by pious fear, bprepared
an ark for the salvation of his house, through which he condemned the world, and became cheir
of the righteousness which is according to faith.
, being called, obeyed to bgo
out unto a place which he was to creceive
as an inheritance; and he went out, 1not
knowing where he was going.
faith he dwelt as a foreigner in the aland
of promise as in a foreign land,
making his home in btents
with Isaac and Jacob, the fellow cheirs
of the same promise;
he eagerly waited for the 1acity
which has the bfoundations
, whose Architect and Builder is cGod
faith also aSarah
herself received power to conceive seed, even beyond the season of age, since she considered Him bfaithful
also there were born of one, and that of him who had become adead
, as many
as even the 1bstars
of heaven in multitude and as the 1csand
by the 2seashore
receiving the promises but cseeing
them from afar and joyfully greeting them
and confessing that they were dstrangers
on the earth.
those who say such things make it manifest that they seek after a acountry
of their own.
if indeed they continued to remember that country
from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return;
as it is, they long after a better acountry,
that is, a bheavenly
one. Therefore God is cnot
ashamed of them, to be called dtheir
God, for He has prepared a ecity
faith Abraham, being tested, aoffered
up Isaac; indeed he who gladly received the bpromises
was offering up his only begotten,
whom it was said, a
"In Isaac shall your seed be called'';
that God was aable
to braise men
even from the dead, from which he also received him back in 1figure
blessed Jacob and Esau, even concerning things to come.
, while he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and bworshipped God, while 1leaning
on the top of his staff.
, nearing his end, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel and bgave
orders concerning his bones.
, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents because they saw that the child was blovely
, and they did not fear the cking
faith Moses, when he had agrown
up, refused to be called the bson
of Pharaoh's daughter,
rather to be aill
treated with the people of God than to have the 1temporary 2enjoyment
of the Christ greater riches than the ctreasures
of Egypt; for he dlooked
away to the 3ereward
faith he aleft
Egypt, not fearing the bwrath
of the king, for he 1persevered
as one cseeing
faith he instituted the aPassover
and the pouring out of the blood so that the bone
destroying the firstborn would not touch them.
faith they apassed
through the Red Sea as through dry land, in which the Egyptians, while making the attempt, were swallowed up.
faith the awalls
of Jericho fell, having been bencircled
for a period of seven days.
the harlot did not perish with those who were disobedient, since she had breceived
the spies with peace.
what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of aGideon
, of eDavid
and the prophets,
through faith aovercame
the mouths of lions,
the power of fire, bescaped
the edge of the sword, were made strong in weakness, became cmighty
in war, routed the armies of foreigners.
their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured to death,
not accepting 1deliverance
, in order that they might obtain a 2bbetter
still others underwent the trial of amockings
and scourgings, even, moreover, of bonds and bimprisonment
, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they died by the bmurder
of the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins, destitute, afflicted, cill
the world was not worthy), wandering over adeserts
and in ccaves
and holes of the earth.
these all, having obtained a good atestimony
through their faith, did bnot
obtain the promise,
God has 1provided
for us, so that 3apart
from us they would not be made perfect.