Hebrews 11:1-19 Bible in Basic English

Faith

11 1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the sign that the things not seen are true. 2  For by it our fathers had God's approval. 3  By faith it is clear to us that the order of events was fixed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made from things which only seem to be.

4  By faith Abel made a better offering to God than Cain, and he had witness through it of his righteousness, God giving his approval of his offering: and his voice still comes to us through it though he is dead. 5  By faith Enoch was taken up to heaven so that he did not see death; he was seen no longer, for God took him away: for before he was taken, witness had been given that he was well-pleasing to God: 6  And without faith it is not possible to be well-pleasing to him, for it is necessary for anyone who comes to God to have the belief that God is, and that he is a rewarder of all those who make a serious search for him. 7  By faith Noah, being moved by the fear of God, made ready an ark for the salvation of his family, because God had given him news of things which were not seen at the time; and through it the world was judged by him, and he got for his heritage the righteousness which is by faith. 8  By faith Abraham did as God said when he was ordered to go out into a place which was to be given to him as a heritage, and went out without knowledge of where he was going. 9  By faith he was a wanderer in the land of the agreement, as in a strange land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who had a part with him in the same heritage: 10  For he was looking for the strong town, whose builder and maker is God. 11  And by faith Sarah herself had power to give birth, when she was very old, because she had faith in him who gave his word; 12  So that from one man, who was near to death, came children in number as the stars in heaven, or as the sand by the seaside, which may not be numbered. 13  All these came to their end in faith, not having had the heritage; but having seen it with delight far away, they gave witness that they were wanderers and not of the earth. 14  For those who say such things make it clear that they are searching for a country for themselves. 15  And truly if they had kept in mind the country from which they went out, they would have had chances of turning back. 16  But now their desire is for a better country, that is to say, for one in heaven; and so it is no shame to God to be named their God; for he has made ready a town for them. 17  By faith Abraham made an offering of Isaac, when he was tested: and he with whom the agreement had been made gave up as an offering the only son of his body, 18  Of whom it had been said, From Isaac will your seed take their name: 19  Judging that God was able to give life even to the dead; and because of this he did get him back as if from death.


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