Faith in Action
1Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2This is what the ancients were commended for.
3By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
4By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
5By 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.”11:5 Gen. 5:24 For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
7By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
8By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she11:11 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 considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
13All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
17By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”11:18 Gen. 21:12 19Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
20By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
21By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
22By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.
23By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
24By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
29By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
30By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.
31By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.11:31 Or unbelieving
32And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37They were put to death by stoning;11:37 Some early manuscripts stoning; they were put to the test; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
39These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Onyankopɔn Ma Gyidi
1Gyidi yɛ ahotoso a yɛwɔ wɔ nneɛma a yɛn ani da so ne awerehyɛmu a yɛwɔ wɔ nneɛma a yɛn ani nhu mu. 2Gyidi a na tetefo no wɔ nti na wonyaa adanse pa.
3Gyidi na ɛma yɛte ase sɛ ɛnam Onyankopɔn asɛm so na wɔbɔɔ wiase. Ɛma yehu sɛ wɔbɔɔ nea wohu fii nea wonhu mu.
4Ɛnam gyidi so na Habel bɔɔ afɔre a ɛsɔ ani kyɛn nea Kain de maa Onyankopɔn no. Ne gyidi nti, Onyankopɔn buu no sɛ onipa trenee, na nʼakyɛde no sɔɔ Onyankopɔn ani. Na ɛno so na ɔnam wui a nnɛ mpo ɔda so kasa.
5Gyidi nti, wɔfaa Henok kɔɔ ɔsoro a wanhu owu. Obiara anhu no, efisɛ Onyankopɔn na ɔfaa no kɔe. Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se ansa na wɔrebɛfa Henok akɔ no, na wasɔ Onyankopɔn ani. 6Obiara a onni gyidi rentumi nsɔ Onyankopɔn ani. Ɛsɛ sɛ obiara a ɔba Onyankopɔn nkyɛn no nya gyidi sɛ Onyankopɔn te ase na ɔdom wɔn a wɔhwehwɛ no no.
7Gyidi nti na ɛmaa Noa tee Onyankopɔn kɔkɔ a ɔbɔ faa daakye nneɛma a bi nsii da no ho, otiee Onyankopɔn yɛɛ adaka a mu na wogyee ɔno ne ne fifo nkwa. Ɛnam so maa Onyankopɔn buu wiase fɔ, na Noa de, ne nsa kaa trenee a wonya fi gyidi mu no.
8Gyidi nti na bere a Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Abraham se ɔnkɔ asase a wahyɛ ho bɔ sɛ ɔde bɛma no no so no, otiei na ɔkɔe. Ogyaw ne man hɔ kɔe a na onnim faako a ɔrekɔ. 9Gyidi nti ɔtenaa asase a na Onyankopɔn ahyɛ no ho bɔ no so sɛ ɔhɔho. Ɔne Isak ne Yakob a Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ wɔn bɔ koro no ara bi tenaa ntamadan mu. 10Nanso na Abraham retwɛn kurow kɛse bi a Onyankopɔn akyekyere a ne fapem rensɛe da mu akɔtena. 11Gyidi nti na Sara nso de nyaa tumi nyinsɛnee, bere a na wanyin na ontumi nwo no. Ɔde ne ho too Onyankopɔn so se obedi ne bɔhyɛ so. 12Ɛno nti, ɛwɔ mu sɛ na Abraham regye nna awu de, nanso nʼasefo adɔɔso sɛ wim nsoromma ne mpoano nwea.
13Gyidi mu na saa nnipa yi nyinaa wuwui. Ɛwɔ mu sɛ wɔn nsa anka bɔ a Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ wɔn no de, nanso wohuu no wɔ akyirikyiri yɛɛ no atuu, gye dii sɛ wɔyɛ ahɔho ne amamfrafo wɔ asase so. 14Wɔn a wɔka saa no da no adi pefee sɛ wɔrehwehwɛ wɔn ankasa wɔn man. 15Wɔannwene ɔman a wogyaw wɔ wɔn akyi no ho. Sɛ wɔyɛɛ no saa a, anka wobetumi anya ɔkwan asan wɔn akyi akɔ hɔ. 16Na mmom, ɔman pa a ɛyɛ ɔsoro man no na na wɔrepere. Enti ɛnyɛ Onyankopɔn aniwu sɛ ɔma wɔfrɛ no wɔn Nyankopɔn, efisɛ wasiesie ɔman bi ama wɔn.
17Gyidi nti Abraham de ne ba Isak kɔbɔɔ afɔre bere a Onyankopɔn sɔɔ no hwɛe. Abraham nko ara ne onipa a na Onyankopɔn ahyɛ no bɔ no, nanso na wasiesie ne ho sɛ ɔde ne ba koro no bɛbɔ afɔre. 18Na Onyankopɔn aka akyerɛ no se, “Ɛnam Isak so na wʼase bɛterɛw.” 19Na Abraham nim sɛ Onyankopɔn betumi anyan awufo afi owu mu, na ɔkwan bi so no, yebetumi aka se Onyankopɔn nyan Isak fii owu mu.
20Gyidi nti na ɛmaa Isak hyiraa Yakob ne Esau maa wɔn daakye asetena.
21Gyidi nti na ɛmaa Yakob hyiraa Yosef mma no nyinaa ansa na ɔrewu. Obutuw ne pema so sɔree Onyankopɔn.
22Gyidi nti na Yosef rebewu no, ɔka kyerɛɛ Israelfo se, wobetu afi Misraim, na ɔhyɛɛ nea sɛ owu a, wɔnyɛ nʼamu no.
23Gyidi nti na ɛmaa Mose awo akyi no, nʼawofo de no siee asram abiɛsa no. Wohuu sɛ na ɔyɛ sononko, enti na wɔansuro sɛ wobebu ɔhene no mmara so no.
24Gyidi nti na Mose nyin no, wampɛ sɛ wɔbɛfrɛ no Farao babea ba no. 25Na ɔpɛ sɛ ɔne Onyankopɔn mma behu amane sen sɛ obegye nʼani wɔ bɔne mu mmere tiaa bi. 26Osusuw sɛ, sɛ ohu amane ma Kristo a, eye sen agyapade a ɛwɔ Misraim nyinaa, efisɛ na nʼani da ade pa bi so daakye. 27Gyidi nti na ɛmaa Mose tu fii Misraim a na onsuro ɔhene no abufuw. Omiaa nʼani sɛ ɔrensan nʼakyi, efisɛ na wahu Onyankopɔn a obi nhu no no. 28Gyidi nti na ɔhyɛɛ Twam Afahyɛ no ma wɔde mogya petee apon ho, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a ɔsɛebɔfo no renkum Israelfo mmakan a wɔyɛ mmarima no.
29Gyidi nti na ɛmaa Israelfo no twaa Po Kɔkɔɔ sɛnea wɔnam asase kesee so no. Misraimfo no pɛɛ sɛ wotwa bi no, asu no bu faa wɔn so.
30Gyidi nti na Israelfo de nnanson twaa Yeriko afasu ho hyia dwiriw gui no.
31Gyidi nti na wɔankum aguaman Rahab amfra wɔn a wonnye Onyankopɔn nni no, efisɛ ogyee akwansrafo no fɛw so.
Gyidi Foforo Bi
32Afei dɛn na menka? Bere bebree nni hɔ sɛ mɛka Gideon, Barak, Samson, Yefta, Dawid ne Samuel ne adiyifo no ho asɛm. 33Wɔnam gyidi so koo amanko, dii nkonim ma wɔn nsa kaa nea Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ wɔn ho bɔ no. Wɔkataa gyata ano, 34dum ogyatannaa, tetew wɔn ho fii afoawu ano. Na wɔyɛ mmerɛw, nanso wɔyɛɛ den. Na wɔyɛ den wɔ akono, enti wodii wɔn atamfo so. 35Ɛnam gyidi so ma wonyan mmea bi awufo maa wɔn. Wɔyɛɛ afoforo bi nso ayayade sɛ anka wɔmpa Onyankopɔn na wonnyaa wɔn. Nanso wɔampo Onyankopɔn, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wɔn nsa bɛka daakye wusɔre a ɛkyɛn so no. 36Woguu afoforo anim ase, bɔɔ wɔn mmaa, na wɔkyekyeree ebinom de wɔn guu afiase. 37Wosiw ebinom abo. Wɔde sradaa paee ebinom mu abien, de afoa kum bi. Wokyinkyin sɛ nnipa a nguan ne mmirekyi nwoma kata wɔn ho. Wɔyɛɛ mmɔbɔ. Wɔn ho hiaa wɔn na wohuu amane. 38Wiase yi annye amma wɔn. Wokyinkyin sɛ atutenafo wɔ sare ne mmepɔw so, abodan ne asase so abon mu.
39Wodii eyinom nyinaa ho adanse pa wɔ wɔn gyidi ho, nanso wɔn nsa anka bɔ a Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ wɔn no, 40efisɛ Onyankopɔn wɔ tirimupɔw papa bi ma yɛn, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a yɛne wɔn nyinaa bɛbɔ mu anya bɔhyɛ no.