New American Standard Bible

Hebrews 11

The Triumphs of Faith

1Now faith is the [a]assurance of things [b]hoped for, the [c]conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old [d]gained approval.

By faith we understand that the [e]worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying [f]about his gifts, and through [g]faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, [h]in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed [i]by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; 10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith even Sarah herself received [j]ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead [k]at that, as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

13 All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. 15 And indeed if they had been [l]thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not [m]ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; 18 it was he to whom it was said, “In Isaac your [n]descendants shall be called.” 19 [o]He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back [p]as a type. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come. 21 By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones.

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 considering the reproach of [q]Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen. 28 By faith he [r]kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were [s]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 along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies [t]in peace.

32 And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their [u]release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36 and others [v]experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, [w]they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38 (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes [x]in the ground.

39 And all these, having [y]gained approval through their faith, did not receive [z]what was promised, 40 because God had [aa]provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.

Notas al pie

  1. Hebrews 11:1 Or substance
  2. Hebrews 11:1 Or expected
  3. Hebrews 11:1 Or evidence
  4. Hebrews 11:2 Lit obtained a good testimony
  5. Hebrews 11:3 Lit ages
  6. Hebrews 11:4 I.e. by receiving his gifts
  7. Hebrews 11:4 Lit it
  8. Hebrews 11:7 Lit having become reverent
  9. Hebrews 11:8 Lit to go out
  10. Hebrews 11:11 Lit power for the laying down of seed
  11. Hebrews 11:12 Lit in these things
  12. Hebrews 11:15 Or remembering
  13. Hebrews 11:16 Lit ashamed of them, to be
  14. Hebrews 11:18 Lit seed
  15. Hebrews 11:19 Lit Considering
  16. Hebrews 11:19 Or figuratively speaking; lit in a parable
  17. Hebrews 11:26 I.e. the Messiah
  18. Hebrews 11:28 Lit has kept
  19. Hebrews 11:29 Lit swallowed up
  20. Hebrews 11:31 Lit with
  21. Hebrews 11:35 Lit redemption
  22. Hebrews 11:36 Lit received the trial of
  23. Hebrews 11:37 One early ms does not contain they were tempted
  24. Hebrews 11:38 Lit of
  25. Hebrews 11:39 Lit obtained a testimony
  26. Hebrews 11:39 Lit the promise
  27. Hebrews 11:40 Or foreseen

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

希伯来书 11

论信心

1信心是对盼望的事有把握,对还没看见的事很确定。 古人因有这样的信心而得到了赞许。 我们凭信心知道宇宙是借着上帝的话造成的,所以看得见的是从看不见的造出来的。

亚伯凭信心向上帝献祭,比该隐所献的更美,蒙了上帝的悦纳,被称为义人。他虽然死了,却仍然借着信心说话。

以诺因为信而被接到天上,没有经历死亡。世人找不到他,因为上帝已经把他接走了。其实他在被接之前,已经得到了肯定,是一个蒙上帝喜悦的人。 没有信心的人不能得到上帝的喜悦,因为来到上帝面前的人必须相信上帝存在,并相信祂会赏赐一切寻求祂的人。

挪亚因为有信心,在上帝指示他未来要发生的事之后,就怀着敬畏的心建造方舟,来救全家的人。他借着信心定了那个世代的罪,并承受了因信而来的义。

亚伯拉罕因为有信心,听到上帝的呼召后,就遵命前往他将要承受为产业的地方,但他出发的时候还不知道自己要去哪里。 他凭信心像异乡人一样寄居在上帝应许给他的地方。他住在帐篷里,与同受一个应许的以撒和雅各一样。 10 因为他盼望的是一座有根基的城,是由上帝设计、建造的。

11 撒拉过了生育年龄后凭信心仍然得到了孕育后代的能力,因为她认定赐她应许的上帝言出必行。 12 所以,从一个垂暮之年的人生出许多子孙,好像天上的星、海边的沙那么多。

13 这些人到死都满怀信心。他们虽然没有得到上帝所应许的,却从远处望见了,就欢喜快乐,承认自己在世上不过是寄居的异乡人。 14 他们抱这样的态度,表明他们正在寻找一个家乡。 15 如果他们想念的是自己离开的家乡,就找机会回去了。 16 然而,他们渴慕的是天上更美的家乡。所以,上帝不以被他们称为上帝为耻,因为祂已经为他们预备了一座城。

17 亚伯拉罕被试验时凭信心把以撒献为祭物,承受应许的亚伯拉罕当时献上了自己的独生子。 18 论到这儿子,上帝曾说:“以撒生的才可算为你的后裔。” 19 他认定上帝能使死人复活,从象征意义上说,他也确实从死亡中得回了以撒。

20 以撒凭信心指着将来的事为雅各和以扫祝福。

21 雅各凭信心在临终之时分别为约瑟的两个儿子祝福,并拄着拐杖敬拜上帝。

22 约瑟临终之时凭信心提到以色列人将来要离开埃及,并交代要如何处理自己的骸骨。

23 摩西生下来时,他父母见他长得俊美,就凭信心把他藏了三个月,不怕违抗王的命令。

24 摩西长大成人后,凭信心拒绝做法老之女的儿子, 25 宁愿与上帝的子民一同受苦,也不肯享受一时的罪中之乐。 26 在他眼中,为基督所受的凌辱远比埃及的财富更有价值,因为他盼望的是将来的赏赐。 27 他凭信心离开埃及,不怕王的愤怒。他坚忍不拔,好像看见了肉眼不能看见的主。 28 他凭信心守逾越节,行洒血的礼,免得那位杀长子的伤害以色列人。

29 以色列人凭信心渡过红海,如履干地,埃及人试图过去,却被海水淹没。 30 以色列人凭信心绕着耶利哥城走了七天,城墙就倒塌了。

31 妓女喇合凭信心善待以色列的探子,没有与那些不顺服的人一同灭亡。

32 我还要再说下去吗?我没有时间一一细说基甸、巴拉、参孙、耶弗他、大卫、撒母耳和众先知的事了。 33 他们凭信心战胜了敌国,行了公义,得到了应许,堵住了狮子的口, 34 熄灭了猛烈的火焰,刀下逃生,由软弱变为刚强,作战勇猛,击退外敌。

35 有些妇女得回了从死里复活的亲人;有些人受尽严刑拷打,仍不肯苟且偷生,为要得到一个复活后更美好的生命。 36 有些人遭受戏弄和鞭打,还有些人遭受捆锁和囚禁。 37 他们被人用石头打死,受威逼利诱[a],被锯成两截,丧生刀剑之下,披着绵羊和山羊的皮四处奔跑,受尽贫乏、迫害和虐待, 38 在旷野、群山、山洞和地穴中漂流不定。他们是世界不配有的!

39 这些人都因信心而获得赞许,但他们并未得到上帝的应许, 40 因为上帝为我们预备了更美的,要叫他们与我们一同得到才算完美。

Notas al pie

  1. 11:37 有圣经抄本在此处无“受威逼利诱”。