Hebrews 11:20-40 Revised Standard Version

20  By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. 21  By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff. 22  By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his burial. 23  By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king's edict. 24  By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25  choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26  He considered abuse suffered for the Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he looked to the reward. 27  By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king; for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 28  By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the first-born might not touch them. 29  By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as if on dry land; but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 30  By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31  By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given friendly welcome to the spies.

32  And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets-- 33  who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34  quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35  Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. 36  Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37  They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated-- 38  of whom the world was not worthy--wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39  And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40  since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

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