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.
111:1 2Akor 4:18Rĩu-rĩ, gwĩtĩkia nĩkũgĩa na ma ya maũndũ marĩa twĩrĩgĩrĩire, na kũmenya na ma atĩ maũndũ marĩa tũtonaga marĩ ho. 2Ũndũ ũcio nĩguo watũmire andũ arĩa maarĩ kuo tene magaathĩrĩrio.
3Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, nĩtũmenyaga atĩ thĩ yothe yombirwo na kiugo kĩa Ngai, na nĩ ũndũ ũcio indo iria cionagwo itiathondekirwo kuuma kũrĩ indo iria cionekanaga.
411:4 Kĩam 4:4; 1Joh 3:12Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, Habili nĩarutĩire Ngai igongona rĩega gũkĩra rĩa Kaini. Na nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia nĩagathĩrĩirio ta mũndũ mũthingu rĩrĩa Ngai aaheanire ũira mwega nĩ gwĩtĩkĩra maruta make. Na nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia o na rĩu no aaragia o na gũtuĩka nĩakuire.
511:5 Kĩam 5:21-24Na ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, Enoku nĩeheririo mũtũũrĩre-inĩ ũyũ, nĩguo ndagacame gĩkuũ; na ndacookire kuonwo tondũ Ngai nĩamweheririe. Nĩgũkorwo ataneherio, nĩagathĩrĩirio atĩ aarĩ mũndũ wakenagia Ngai. 611:6 Ahib 7:19Na rĩrĩ, gũtarĩ na wĩtĩkio gũtingĩhoteka gũkenia Ngai, tondũ mũndũ ũrĩa wothe ũũkaga harĩ we no nginya etĩkie atĩ nĩ kũrĩ Ngai, na atĩ nĩwe ũheaga arĩa othe mamũcaragia na kĩyo iheo ciao.
711:7 Kĩam 6:13-22; 1Pet 3:20; Arom 9:30Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, hĩndĩ ĩrĩa Nuhu aamenyithirio ũhoro wa maũndũ marĩa matoonekete-rĩ, nĩaakire thabina arĩ na wĩtigiri wa ngoro nĩguo ahonokie andũ a nyũmba yake. Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia gwake nĩatuĩrĩire thĩ ciira, na agĩtuĩka mũgai wa ũthingu ũrĩa uumanaga na gwĩtĩkia.
811:8 Kĩam 12:1-4; Atũm 7:2-4Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, Iburahĩmu rĩrĩa eetirwo athiĩ bũrũri ũrĩa aaheagwo ũtuĩke igai rĩake, nĩathĩkire na agĩthiĩ, o na akorwo ndaamenyaga kũrĩa aathiiaga. 911:9 Atũm 7:5; Kĩam 12:8Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, agĩtuĩka mũtũũri bũrũri-inĩ wa kĩĩranĩro ahaana ta mũgeni bũrũri-inĩ wene; aatũũraga hema-inĩ, o ũndũ ũmwe na Isaaka na Jakubu, arĩa maarĩ agai a kĩĩranĩro kĩu hamwe nake. 1011:10 Ahib 12:22; Kũg 21:2, 14Nĩgũkorwo nĩataanyaga kuona itũũra rĩrĩ na mĩthingi mĩrũmu, rĩrĩa mũthondeki na mwaki warĩo nĩ Ngai.
1111:11 Kĩam 17:17-19; 1Akor 1:9Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, Iburahĩmu, o na gũtuĩka nĩatindĩkĩte matukũ, nake Sara aarĩ thaata, nĩahotithirio gũtuĩka ithe wa mwana tondũ nĩatuĩte atĩ Ũrĩa weranĩire kĩĩranĩro kĩu aarĩ mwĩhokeku. 12Na nĩ ũndũ ũcio kuuma harĩ mũndũ ũyũ ũmwe, o na aarĩ ta mũndũ mũkuũ-rĩ, gũgĩciarwo njiaro nyingĩ o ta njata cia igũrũ, o na ta mũthanga ũrĩa ũtangĩtarĩka ũrĩ hũgũrũrũ-inĩ cia iria.
1311:13 Kĩam 23:4; Afil 3:20Andũ aya othe maatũũrire marũmĩtie wĩtĩkio nginya rĩrĩa maakuire. Matiigana kũhingĩrio maũndũ marĩa meerĩirwo; no nĩmamonaga marĩ o kũraya na makamakenera. Nao nĩmoimbũraga atĩ o nĩ ageni na agendi gũkũ thĩ. 14Andũ arĩa moigaga maũndũ ta macio monanagia atĩ nĩ gwetha methaga bũrũri ũrĩa ũrĩ wao kĩũmbe. 15Korwo nĩmeeciiragia ũhoro wa bũrũri ũrĩa moimĩte-rĩ, nĩ mangĩagĩte na mweke wa gũcooka kuo. 16Handũ ha ũguo, o meeriragĩria bũrũri mwega kũrĩ ũcio, naguo nĩ bũrũri wa igũrũ. Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Ngai ndaconokaga gwĩtwo Ngai wao, nĩgũkorwo nĩahaarĩirie itũũra inene nĩ ũndũ wao.
1711:17 Kĩam 22:1-10; Josh 2:21Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, Iburahĩmu, rĩrĩa aageririo nĩ Ngai, nĩarutire Isaaka atuĩke igongona. Ũcio werĩirwo ciĩranĩro nĩehaarĩirie kũruta mũrũ wake wa mũmwe igongona, 1811:18 Kĩam 21:12o na gũtuĩka Ngai nĩamwĩrĩte atĩrĩ, “Rũciaro rũrĩa rũgeetanio nawe rũkoima harĩ Isaaka.” 19Iburahĩmu nĩatuĩte na ngoro atĩ Ngai no ariũkie mũndũ mũkuũ, na nĩ ũndũ ũcio no kwĩrwo na ngerekano atĩ nĩacookeirio Isaaka ta oimĩte kũrĩ arĩa akuũ.
20Na ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, Isaaka nĩarathimire Jakubu na Esaũ akĩratha ũhoro wa matukũ mao ma thuutha.
21Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, Jakubu, rĩrĩa aarĩ hakuhĩ gũkua, nĩarathimire ariũ a Jusufu, o mũndũ riita rĩake, na akĩhooya Ngai enyiitĩrĩire mũthĩgi wake.
2211:22 Kĩam 50:24, 25; Josh 24:32Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, Jusufu, nake, ihinda rĩake rĩa mũthia rĩakuhĩrĩria, nĩaririe ũhoro wa gũthaama kwa andũ a Isiraeli kuuma bũrũri wa Misiri, na agĩathana ũhoro ũkoniĩ mahĩndĩ make.
2311:23 Thaam 1:16, 22Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, aciari a Musa nĩmamũhithire ihinda rĩa mĩeri ĩtatũ kuuma aaciarwo tondũ nĩmoonire aarĩ mwana mwega, na matietigĩrire watho wa mũthamaki.
2411:24 Thaam 2:2; Thaam 2:10, 11Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, Musa rĩrĩa aatuĩkire mũndũ mũgima nĩaregire gwĩtwo mũrũ wa mwarĩ wa Firaũni. 25Nĩathuurire kũnyariiranĩrio hamwe na andũ a Ngai, handũ ha gwĩkenia na mĩago ya wĩhia ya ihinda inini. 2611:26 Luk 14:33We nĩatuire atĩ kũmenwo nĩ ũndũ wa Kristũ nĩ uumithio mũnene gũkĩra ũtonga wa Misiri, nĩ tondũ nĩacũthagĩrĩria gũkaaheo kĩheo. 27Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, nĩoimire Misiri ategwĩtigĩra marakara ma mũthamaki; nĩakirĩrĩirie tondũ nĩoonire Ũrĩa ũtonekaga. 2811:28 1Akor 10:10; Thaam 12:21-23Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, nĩarũmirie gĩathĩ kĩa Bathaka na ũhoro wa kũminjaminjanĩrio gwa thakame, nĩguo mwanangi wa marigithathi ndakae kũhutia marigithathi ma andũ a Isiraeli.
29Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, andũ nĩmatuĩkanĩirie Iria Itune taarĩ thĩ nyũmũ maagereire; no rĩrĩa andũ a Misiri maageririe gwĩka ũguo, makĩrindanio nĩ maaĩ.
3011:30 Josh 6:22-25Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, thingo cia Jeriko nĩciagũire andũ maarĩkia gũcithiũrũrũka matukũ mũgwanja.
31Nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, mũmaraya ũrĩa wetagwo Rahabu, tondũ wa kũnyiita athigaani ũgeni, ndoraganĩirio na andũ arĩa maarĩ aremi.
32Ingiuga atĩa ũngĩ? Ndirĩ na ihinda rĩa kũheana ũhoro wa Gideoni, na wa Baraka, na wa Samusoni, na wa Jefitha, na wa Daudi, na wa Samũeli, o na wa anabii, 3311:33 2Sam 8:1-3; Dan 6:22acio othe nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtĩkia-rĩ, nĩmatooririe mothamaki, na magĩĩka maũndũ ma kĩhooto, na makĩĩgwatĩra kĩrĩa kĩeranĩirwo; nao makĩhinga mĩrũũthi tũnua, 3411:34 Thaam 18:4na makĩhoria mwaki warĩrĩmbũkaga, na makĩhonokio matikaniinwo na rũhiũ rwa njora; ũhinyaru wao wagarũrirwo ũgĩtuĩka hinya; ningĩ maarũire na ũcamba mbaara-inĩ na magĩtooria mbũtũ cia ita cia ndũrĩrĩ ingĩ. 3511:35 Jer 20:2Nao andũ-a-nja makĩriũkĩrio andũ ao arĩa maakuĩte, magĩcooka muoyo. Andũ angĩ nao nĩmaregire kũrekererio, makĩnyariirwo nĩgeetha makaariũkio magĩe na muoyo mwega makĩria. 3611:36 2Athe 1:8Andũ angĩ nĩmanyũrũririo na makĩhũũrwo na iboko, o na angĩ makĩohwo na mĩnyororo na magĩikio njeera. 3711:37 2Athe 1:8Nĩmahũũrirwo na mahiga; o na magĩatũranio na thoo maita meerĩ; ningĩ makĩũragwo na hiũ cia njora. Maathiiaga mehumbĩte njũa cia ngʼondu na cia mbũri, na marĩ ngĩa, na makanyariirwo, o na magekagwo ũũru; 3811:38 1Ath 18:4thĩ ndĩamaagĩrĩire. Moorũũraga werũ-inĩ na irĩma-inĩ, o na ngurunga-inĩ na miungu-inĩ ya thĩ.
39Andũ aya othe nĩmagathĩrĩirio nĩ ũndũ wa wĩtĩkio wao, no gũtirĩ o na ũmwe wao wahingĩirio kĩĩranĩro kĩrĩa kĩeranĩirwo. 40Ngai nĩatũhaarĩirie ũndũ mwega makĩria nĩgeetha andũ acio matigatuuo aagĩrĩru ithuĩ tũtarĩ hamwe nao.