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Ward Green Version, 2003 American Standard Version, 1901
© 2008 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
Hebrews 11
1Faithfulness is confidence in hope, acts of conviction-- not examination.

2Why upon it rests the witness from the body of men of ancient times.

3Faith considers that systems of things were perfected by the command of the true God-- not by a visible manifestation of existing creation.

4On faith Abel tendered a sacrifice superior to Cain's, for which he had a witness that he was innocent, the witness given by the true God of his gifts, that speaks now from his death.

5On faith Enoch was changed so he didn't see death, and he was not to be found, because the true God had changed him. Even before the change he had the witness that he had wholly pleased the true God.

6It's impossible to be pleased without faith because, before one can draw near to the true God, one must believe that he is and becomes the rewarder of those who do diligently search for him.

7On faith Noah was warned by an oracle about what he had not yet examined, and he showed a reverent fear in building an ark for the salvation of his household, from which he condemned the world. So by faith he became an heir of righteousness.

8On faith Abraham obeyed when he was called, going out into a place that he was predestined to claim for his own possession, and he set out not knowing where he was going.
9On faith he lived as a stranger in the land of promise, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob who were heirs with him of the very same promise.
10For he looked ahead to the foundation of a lasting city, the Creator and Maker of which city is God.

11On faith Sarah received powers to conceive seed when she was beyond the proper age for it, because she esteemed as faithful the one through whom the promise came.
12So, from one who was as good as dead there came a multitude like the stars of the heavens, innumerable as the sand by the seashore.

13Beyond faithful, all of these died without having received the promises, yet having seen them as if at a distance and having welcomed them they professed to being strangers or visitors in the land.
14But someone who talks like that is clearly showing that he is seeking a country to call his own.

15For if they had been truly longing for the place from which they came, they had opportunity to return.

16Now they are desiring what is better, what is in the heavens. So, the true God is not ashamed of them, to be called upon as their God. He has even prepared a city for them.

17On faith Abraham, when examined, offered a son Isaac, even offering in sacrifice his only son, who was to receive the promises, 18about whom it had been said: ``From Isaac what will be called your seed will come to be.''

19For he considered that the true God may in fact even raise him up from the dead. From there he even in a sense did reclaim him.

20On faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau with regard to future events.

21On faith Jacob as he was dying blessed the sons of Joseph one at a time, and worshipped as he crouched down to the top of his walking stick.

22On faith Joseph, when about to die, talked of the exodus of the sons of Israel, giving a command about his bones.

23On faith Moses, when just born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he looked very handsome and they didn't fear the command of the king.

24On faith Moses, when grown up, refused the pretense that he was the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25choosing mistreatment with God's people rather than having the temporary enjoyment of sin, 26considering the reproach of the Christ as much more dear than the treasures of Egypt, as he kept focussing on the reward.

27On faith he left Egypt without fearing the anger of the king, but he endured while he kept on seeing a vision of the one who is invisible.

28On faith he observed the Passover with the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn ones would not injure them.

29On faith they passed over the Red Sea onto dry land but, when the Egyptians tried that, they drowned.

30On faith the walls of Jericho fell down on being circuited about for seven days.

31On faith Rahab the harlot did not die with the unbelievers, but she accepted the spies in peace.

32What more shall I say, for I have not time if I tell the story about Gideon, Barak, Sampson, Jephthah, David, and even Samuel and the prophets, 33who by faith were victorious against kingdoms, did righteous works, received promises, shut lions' mouths, 34stayed the force of fire, escaped the edges of the sword, from a weakness were made strong, grew mighty in battle, stemmed the armies of foreigners.

35Women received their dead by resurrection, but others were tortured, not allowing deliverance in order to attain to a better resurrection.

36Others were tried by mockings, scourgings, and even shackles and prisons.

37They were pelted with stones, tempted, cut in half, murdered, executed by sword, and they wandered out and about in sheepskins, they were in want, tribulation, or abuse, 38and the world was not worthy of them. Into the wilderness they wandered, into mountains, and into caves or caverns in the earth.

39Although they bore witness to their faith, none of them received the promises.

40For God foresaw something better for us in order that they might not be perfected without us.

© 2008 Ward Green. All rights reserved.

Hebrews 11 1
Now faith is assurance of [things] hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11 2
For therein the elders had witness borne to them.
Hebrews 11 3
By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear.
Hebrews 11 4
By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had witness borne to him that he was righteous, God bearing witness in respect of his gifts: and through it he being dead yet speaketh.
Hebrews 11 5
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God translated him: for he hath had witness borne to him that before his translation he had been well-pleasing unto God:
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And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing [unto him]; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that seek after him.
Hebrews 11 7
By faith Noah, being warned [of God] concerning things not seen as yet, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; through which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
Hebrews 11 8
By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out unto a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Hebrews 11 9
By faith he became a sojourner in the land of promise, as in a [land] not his own, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
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for he looked for the city which hath the foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
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By faith even Sarah herself received power to conceive seed when she was past age, since she counted him faithful who had promised:
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wherefore also there sprang of one, and him as good as dead, [so many] as the stars of heaven in multitude, and as the sand, which is by the sea-shore, innumerable.
Hebrews 11 13
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Hebrews 11 14
For they that say such things make it manifest that they are seeking after a country of their own.
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And if indeed they had been mindful of that [country] from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return.
Hebrews 11 16
But now they desire a better [country], that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city.
Hebrews 11 17
By faith Abraham, being tried, offered up Isaac: yea, he that had gladly received the promises was offering up his only begotten [son];
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even he to whom it was said, In Isaac shall thy seed be called:
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accounting that God [is] able to raise up, even from the dead; from whence he did also in a figure receive him back.
Hebrews 11 20
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even concerning things to come.
Hebrews 11 21
By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, [leaning] upon the top of his staff.
Hebrews 11 22
By faith Joseph, when his end was nigh, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
Hebrews 11 23
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents, because they saw he was a goodly child; and they were not afraid of the king`s commandment.
Hebrews 11 24
By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh`s daughter;
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choosing rather to share ill treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
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accounting the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he looked unto the recompense of reward.
Hebrews 11 27
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
Hebrews 11 28
By faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of the blood, that the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them.
Hebrews 11 29
By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were swallowed up.
Hebrews 11 30
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they had been compassed about for seven days.
Hebrews 11 31
By faith Rahab the harlot perished not with them that were disobedient, having received the spies with peace.
Hebrews 11 32
And what shall I more say? for the time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah; of David and Samuel and the prophets:
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who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
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quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, waxed mighty in war, turned to flight armies of aliens.
Hebrews 11 35
Women received their dead by a resurrection: and others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
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and others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
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they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, they were tempted, they were slain with the sword: they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated
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(of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves, and the holes of the earth.
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And these all, having had witness borne to them through their faith, received not the promise,
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God having provided some better thing concerning us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
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