What faith is: its wonderful fruits and efficacy, demonstrated
in the fathers.
1 Now faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of
things that appear not.
2 For by this the ancients obtained a testimony.
3 *By faith we understand that the world was framed by the word of God;
that from invisible things visible things might be made.
4 *By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice exceeding that of Cain, *by
which he obtained a testimony that he was just, God giving testimony to his gifts; and by it he being dead, yet speaketh.
5 *By faith Henoch was translated, that he should not see death; and he
was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had testimony that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please God. For he that cometh
to God, must believe that he is, and is a rewarder to them that seek him.
7 *By faith Noe having received an answer concerning those things which
as yet were not seen, moved with fear, framed the ark for the saving of his family, whereby he condemned the world: and was
instituted heir of the justice which is by faith.
8 *By faith he that is called Abraham, obeyed, to go out into a place which
he was to receive for an inheritance: and he went out not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling
in cottages, with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.
10 For he looked for a city that hath foundations: whose builder and maker
11 *By faith also Sara herself, being barren, received strength to conceive
seed, even past the time of age: because she believed that he was faithful who had promised.
12 For which cause there sprung, even from one (and him as dead) as the
stars of heaven in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea-shore, innumerable.
13 All these died according to faith, not having received the promises,
but beholding them afar off, and saluting them, and confessing, that they are pilgrims and strangers on the earth.
14 For they that say these things, do signify that they seek a country.
15 And truly if they had been mindful of that from whence they came out,
they had doubtless time to return:
16 But now they desire a better, that is to say, a heavenly one. Therefore
God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
17 *By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered Isaac; and he who had
received the promises, offered up his only begotten son:
18 To whom it was said: *That in Isaac shall seed be called to thee:
19 Accounting that God is able to raise up even from the dead: from whence
also he received him for a parable.
20 *By faith also Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 *By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph: **and
worshipped the top of his staff.
22 *By faith Joseph, when dying, made mention of the going out of the children
of Israel: and gave commandment concerning his bones.
23 *By faith Moses when he was born, was hid three months by his parents,
because they saw he was a comely infant, **and they feared not the king's edict.
24 *By faith Moses, when he was grown up, denied himself to be the son
of Pharao's daughter,
25 Choosing rather to be afflicted with the people of God, than to have
the pleasure of sin for a time;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasure of
the Egyptians: for he looked to the reward.
27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the fierceness of the king: for
he endured as seeing him that is invisible.
28 *By faith he celebrated the pasch, and the shedding of the blood: that
he, who destroyed the first born, might not touch them.
29 *By faith they passed through the Red Sea, as by dry land: which the
Egyptians attempting, were swallowed up.
30 *By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, by the going round them seven
31 *By faith Rahab the harlot perished not with the unbelievers, receiving
the spies with peace.
32 And what shall I yet say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon,
of Barac, of Samson, of Jephthe, of David, of Samuel, and of the prophets:
33 Who by faith subdued kingdoms, wrought justice, obtained the promises,
stopped the mouths of lions,
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of
weakness regained strength, became valiant in war, put to flight the armies of foreigners:
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: but others were racked,
not accepting deliverance, that they might find a better resurrection.
36 And others had trial of mockeries and stripes, moreover also of bands
37 They were stoned, they were cut asunder, they were tempted, they were
put to death by the sword, they wandered about in sheep skins, in goat skins, being in want, distressed, afflicted:
38 Of whom the world was not worthy: wandering in deserts, in mountains,
and in dens, and in caves of the earth.
39 And all these being approved by the testimony of faith, received not
40 God providing something better for us, that they should not be perfected
3: Genesis i. 4.
4: Genesis iv. 4. --- ** Matthew xxiii. 35.
5: Genesis v. 24.; Ecclesiasticus xliv. 16.
7: Gen. vi. 14.; Eccli. xliv. 17.
8: Genesis. xii. 1.
11: Genesis xvii. 19.
17: Genesis xxii. 1.; Ecclesiasticus xliv. 21.
18: Genesis xxi. 12.; Romans ix. 7.
20: Genesis xxvii. 27. and 39.
21: Genesis xlviii. 15. --- ** Genesis xlvii. 31.
22: Genesis l. 23.
23: Exodus ii. 2. --- ** Exodus i. 17.
24: Exodus ii. 11.
28: Exodus xii. 21.
29: Exodus xiv. 22.
30: Josue vi. 20.
31: Josue ii. 3.; James ii. 25.