Faith in Action
1Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
3 By 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.
4 By 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.
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] 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 him 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, 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.
8 By 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. 9 By 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. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she[b] considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And 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.
13 All 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. 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. 16 Instead, 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.
17 By 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, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
22 By 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.
23 By 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.
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.
31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.[d]
32 And 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, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched 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. 35 Women 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. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning;[e] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
- Hebrews 11:5 Gen. 5:24
- Hebrews 11:11 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
- Hebrews 11:18 Gen. 21:12
- Hebrews 11:31 Or unbelieving
- Hebrews 11:37 Some early manuscripts stoning; they were put to the test;
Veliki primjeri vjere
1Vjera je čvrsto pouzdanje da će se dogoditi ono čemu se nadamo; ona je dokaz stvarnosti koju ne vidimo.
2 Vjerom su naši praoci postignuli da ih Bog pohvali.
3 Vjerom znamo da je sve što postoji stvoreno Božjom zapovijedi, da je stvoreno iz nevidljivoga.
4 Vjerom je Abel prinio Bogu bolju žrtvu nego Kain. Bog je prihvatio Abelovu žrtvu kako bi pokazao da je on pravedan čovjek. Tako nam Abel, iako odavno mrtav, još govori zbog svoje vjere.
5 Zbog svoje vjere Henok je prenesen u nebo a da nije iskusio smrti; 'nestao je jer ga je Bog uzeo.'[a] Ali prije nego što je prenesen primio je svjedočanstvo da je ugodio Bogu.
6 Bogu ne možete nikada udovoljiti bez vjere. Tko želi doći k Bogu, mora vjerovati da Bog postoji i da nagrađuje one koji ga iskreno traže.
7 Vjerom je Noa izgradio korablju da svoju obitelj spasi od potopa. Poslušao je Boga koji ga je upozorio da će se zbiti ono što se nikada prije nije dogodilo. Vjerom je osudio ostali svijet i stekao pravednost pred Bogom.
8 Vjerom je Abraham poslušao Boga kad ga je pozvao da ostavi dom i ode u drugu zemlju koju mu je Bog dao u baštinu. Otišao je ne znajući kamo ide.
9 Čak i kad je stigao u zemlju koju mu je Bog obećao, i ondje je živio po vjeri - jer bio je poput tuđinca i živio je pod šatorom, skupa s Izakom i Jakovom kojima je Bog dao isto obećanje.
10 Jer iščekivao je grad s vječnim temeljima, kojega je Bog graditelj i tvorac.
11 Vjerom je i Sara s Abrahamom mogla začeti dijete unatoč svojoj poodmakloj dobi i unatoč tomu što nije mogla imati djece. Abraham je vjerovao da će Bog održati obećanje.[b]
12 Tako je od jednog Abrahama, prestara da ima djecu, nastao narod brojan poput zvijezda na nebu i neizbrojiva pijeska na morskoj obali.
13 Svi su ti ljudi u vjeri umrli a da nisu primili što im je Bog obećao, već su to vidjeli samo izdaleka i prihvatili priznajući da su na zemlji tuđinci i pridošlice.
14 A tko za sebe tako kaže, očito čezne za domovinom.
15 Da su mislili na zemlju iz koje su došli, mogli su se u nju vratiti.
16 Ali oni su se radovali boljemu mjestu, nebeskoj domovini. Zato se Bog ne srami nazvati njihovim Bogom. Pripravio im je nebeski grad.
17 Vjerom je Abraham prinio Izaka kao žrtvu kad ga je Bog kušao. Taj Abraham, koji je već imao Božja obećanja, bio je spreman žrtvovati vlastitog sina, Izaka,
18 iako mu je Bog obećao: 'Po Izaku ćeš imati potomstvo.'[c]
19 Vjerovao je da Bog može Izaka, ako i umre, oživjeti. To se donekle i dogodilo jer je Izak za Abrahama bio osuđen na smrt, ali je oživio.
20 Vjerom je Izak blagoslovio dvojicu svojih sinova, Jakova i Ezava, pouzdajući se u Boga glede budućnosti.
21 Vjerom je i Jakov, već star i na umoru, blagoslovio obojicu Josipovih sinova te se poklonio Bogu oslanjajući se na štap.
22 Vjerom je i Josip na samrti s pouzdanjem govorio o tomu kako će Bog izvesti izraelski narod iz Egipta te zapovjedio da ponesu sa sobom i njegove kosti.
23 Vjerom su Mojsija roditelji, kad se rodio, skrivali tri mjeseca. Vidjeli su da im je Bog dao lijepo djetešce i nisu se bojali kraljeve naredbe.
24 Vjerom je Mojsije, kad je već odrastao, odbio zvati se sinom faraonove kćeri.
25 Radije je odabrao da bude zlostavljan skupa s Božjim narodom nego da uživa u prolaznim zadovoljstvima grijeha.
26 Vrednijim od egipatskog blaga smatrao je trpjeti sramotu zbog obećanoga Krista jer je gledao na nagradu koju će dobiti od Boga.
27 Vjerom je Mojsije otišao iz Egipta ne bojeći se kraljeva bijesa, postojano kao da pred sobom gleda nevidljivoga Boga.
28 Vjerom je zapovjedio izraelskome narodu da svetkuje pashalnu večeru i da poprska dovratke janjećom krvlju kako im anđeo Zatornik ne bi poubijao prvorođenu djecu.
29 Vjerom je izraelski narod prošao kroz Crveno more kao po suhu tlu, a Egipćani su se utopili kad su to pokušali.
30 Vjerom izraelskog naroda koji je sedam dana ophodio Jerihon pale su njegove zidine.
31 Vjerom je bludnica Rahaba jedina preživjela u tome gradu i nije poginula s nevjernicima jer je lijepo primila uhode.
32 Što još reći? Predugo bi trajalo da vam potanko pričam o Gideonu, Baraku, Samsonu, Jefti, Davidu, Samuelu i prorocima.
33 Ti su ljudi vjerom u Boga osvajali kraljevstva, pravedno vladali i primili što im je Bog obećao. Zatvorili su lavovima ralje,
34 ugasili žestinu ognja, izbjegli smrtonosnoj oštrici mača. Oporavili su se od slabosti, ojačali u boju i nagnali u bijeg tuđinske vojske.
35 Neke su žene zbog uskrsnuća ponovno zadobile svoje pokojne.Druge su pak vjernike mučili, ali su oni radije umrli nego da se odreknu Boga pa da ih oslobode. Pouzdavali su se da će uskrsnuti u bolji život.
36 Nekima su se izrugivali i bičevali ih, okivali ih i bacali u tamnice.
37 Neke su kamenovali, neke prepilili napola, neke ubili mačem. Neki su hodali obučeni u ovčje i kozje kožuhe. Bili su gladni, potlačeni i zlostavljani.
38 Svijet ih nije bio dostojan. Lutali su pustinjom i planinama, skrivali se u špiljama i jamama.
39 Svi su ti ljudi stekli Božju naklonost zbog svoje vjere, a nitko od njih nije primio ono što im je Bog obećao.
40 Jer Bog nam je svima namijenio bolje. Oni će postignuti savršenstvo, ali tek skupa s nama.