3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command,l so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”a p For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to himq must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen,r in holy fear built an arks to save his family.t By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.u
8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance,v obeyed and went,w even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised landx like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents,y as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.z 10 For he was looking forward to the citya with foundations,b whose architect and builder is God.c 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age,d was enabled to bear childrene because sheb considered him faithfulf who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead,g came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.h
13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;i they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance,j admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.k 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.l 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.m Therefore God is not ashamedn to be called their God,o for he has prepared a cityp for them.
17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.q He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”c r 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead,s and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
Or By faith Abraham, even though he was too old to have children—and Sarah herself was not able to conceive—was enabled to become a father because he