Hebrews 11:20-40 Bible in Basic English

20  By faith Isaac, blessing Jacob and Esau, gave news of things to come. 21  By faith Jacob gave a blessing to the two sons of Joseph, when he was near to death; and gave God worship, supported by his stick. 22  By faith Joseph, when his end was near, said that the children of Israel would go out of Egypt; and gave orders about his bones. 23  By faith Moses was kept secretly by his father and mother for three months after his birth, because they saw that he was a fair child; and they had no fear of the king's orders. 24  By faith Moses, when he became a man, had no desire to be named the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25  Feeling that it was better to undergo pain with the people of God, than for a short time to have a taste of the pleasures of sin; 26  Judging a part in the shame of Christ to be better than all the wealth of Egypt; for he was looking forward to his reward. 27  By faith he went out of Egypt, not being turned from his purpose by fear of the wrath of the king; for he kept on his way, as seeing him who is unseen. 28  By faith he kept the Passover, and put the sign of the blood on the houses, so that the angel of destruction might not put their oldest sons to death. 29  By faith they went through the Red Sea as if it had been dry land, though the Egyptians were overcome by the water when they made an attempt to do the same. 30  By faith the walls of Jericho came down, after they had been circled for seven days. 31  By faith Rahab, the loose woman, was not put to death with those who had gone against God's orders, because she had taken into her house in peace those sent to see the land.

32  What more am I to say? For there would not be time to give the stories of Gideon, Barak, Samson, and Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33  Who through faith overcame kingdoms, did righteousness, got their reward, kept the mouths of lions shut, 34  Put out the power of fire, got safely away from the edge of the sword, were made strong when they had been feeble, became full of power in war, and put to flight the armies of the nations. 35  Women had their dead given back to them living; others let themselves be cruelly attacked, having no desire to go free, so that they might have a better life to come; 36  And others were tested by being laughed at or by blows, and even with chains and prisons: 37  They were stoned, they were cut up with knives, they were tested, they were put to death with the sword, they went about in sheepskins and in goatskins; being poor and in pain and cruelly attacked, 38  Wandering in waste places and in mountains and in holes in the rocks; for whom the world was not good enough. 39  And not one of these got the good things of the agreement, though they all had a good record through faith, 40  Because God had kept some better thing for us, so that it was not possible for them to become complete without us.


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