New International Version

Hebrews 11:1-40

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.

New Amharic Standard Version

ዕብራውያን 11:1-40

የእምነት ቋሚ ምስክሮች

1እምነት ተስፋ ያደረግነው ነገር እንደሚፈጸም ርግጠኛ የምንሆንበት፣ የማናየውም ነገር እውን መሆኑን የምንረዳበት ነው። 2አባቶችም የተመሰከረላቸው በዚሁ ነው።

3ዓለማት በእግዚአብሔር ቃል እንደ ተፈጠሩ በእምነት እንረዳለን፤ ስለዚህ የሚታየው ነገር የተፈጠረው ከሚታየው እንዳልሆነ እንገነዘባለን።

4አቤል ከቃየል ይልቅ የበለጠ መሥዋዕት ለእግዚአብሔር በእምነት አቀረበ። እግዚአብሔር ስለ ስጦታው በተናገረለት ጊዜ፣ እርሱ በእምነት ጻድቅ እንደሆነ ተመሰከረለት፤ ቢሞትም እንኳ እስከ አሁን በእምነቱ ይናገራል።

5ሄኖክ ሞትን እንዳያይ ከዚህ ዓለም በእምነት ተወሰደ፤ እግዚአብሔርም ስለ ወሰደው አልተገኘም፤ ከመወሰዱም በፊት እግዚአብሔርን ደስ እንዳሰኘ ተመስክሮለታልና። 6ደግሞም ያለ እምነት እግዚአብሔርን ደስ ማሰኘት አይቻልም፤ ምክንያቱም ወደ እግዚአብሔር የሚቀርብ ሁሉ እግዚአብሔር መኖሩንና ከልብ ለሚሹትም ዋጋ እንደሚሰጥ ማመን አለበት።

7ኖኅ ገና ስለማይታየው ነገር እግዚአብሔር ባስጠነቀቀው ጊዜ፣ እግዚአብሔርን ፈርቶ ቤተ ሰዎቹን ለማዳን መርከብን በእምነት ሠራ፤ በእምነቱ ዓለምን ኰነነ፤ በእምነትም የሚገኘውን ጽድቅ ወራሽ ሆነ።

8አብርሃም ርስት አድርጎ ወደሚቀበለው ስፍራ እንዲሄድ በተጠራ ጊዜ በእምነት ታዘዘ፤ ወዴት እንደሚሄድ ባያውቅም፣ እሺ ብሎ ሄደ። 9በባዕድ አገር እንዳለ መጻተኛ በተስፋዪቱ ምድር በእምነት ተቀመጠ፤ የተስፋውን ቃል አብረውት እንደሚወርሱት እንደ ይስሐቅና እንደ ያዕቆብ በድንኳን ኖረ፤ 10ምክንያቱም መሠረት ያላትን፣ እግዚአብሔር የሠራትንና የፈጠራትን ከተማ ይጠባበቅ ነበር።

11አብርሃም11፥11 ወይም ሣራ … አብርሃምም … ስለቈጠረች ሦስት ወር ሸሸጉት፤ የንጉሡንም ዐዋጅ አልፈሩም። ምንም እንኳ ዕድሜው ቢገፋም፣ ሣራምወይም ሣራ … አብርሃምም … ስለቈጠረች ሦስት ወር ሸሸጉት፤ የንጉሡንም ዐዋጅ አልፈሩም። ራሷ መካን ብትሆንም፣ ተስፋን የሰጠውን ታማኝ አድርጎ ስለ ቈጠረወይም ሣራ … አብርሃምም … ስለቈጠረች ሦስት ወር ሸሸጉት፤ የንጉሡንም ዐዋጅ አልፈሩም። በእምነት የልጅ አባት ለመሆን በቃ። 12ስለዚህ እንደ ሞተ ሰው ከሚቈጠር ከዚህ ከአንድ ሰው፣ እንደ ሰማይ ከዋክብት የበዛና እንደ ባሕር ዳር አሸዋ ተቈጥሮ የማያልቅ ዘር ተገኘ።

13እነዚህ ሁሉ የተሰጣቸውን የተስፋ ቃል ሳያገኙ እምነታቸውን እንደ ጠበቁ ሞቱ፤ ሆኖም ከሩቅ አይተው ሰላም አሉት፤ በዚህ ምድር ሲኖሩ መጻተኞችና እንግዶች መሆናቸውን ተገንዝበው ነበርና። 14እንደዚህ የሚሉት ሰዎች የራሳቸው የሆነውን አገር እንደሚጠባበቁ ያሳያሉ። 15ትተውት የወጡትን አገር ቢያስቡ ኖሮ፣ ወደዚያ የመመለስ ዕድል ነበራቸው። 16አሁን ግን ከዚህ የሚበልጠውን ሰማያዊ አገር ይናፍቃሉ፤ ስለዚህ እግዚአብሔር አምላካቸው ተብሎ ሊጠራ አላፈረም፤ ከተማን አዘጋጅቶላቸዋልና።

17አብርሃም እግዚአብሔር በፈተነው ጊዜ፣ ይስሐቅን መሥዋዕት አድርጎ በእምነት አቀረበ፤ የተስፋን ቃል የተቀበለው እርሱ፣ አንድ ልጁን ሊሠዋ ዝግጁ ነበር፤ 18ይህም እግዚአብሔር፣ “ዘርህ በይስሐቅ ይጠራል” ያለለት ነበር። 19አብርሃም እግዚአብሔር ሙታንን ሊያስነሣ እንደሚችል ተገንዝቦ ነበር፤ ይስሐቅንም ከሞት የመነሣት አምሳያ ሆኖ አገኘው።

20ይስሐቅ ወደ ፊት የሚሆነውን ዐስቦ ያዕቆብንና ዔሳውን በእምነት ባረካቸው።

21ያዕቆብ በሚሞትበት ጊዜ እያንዳንዳቸውን የዮሴፍን ልጆች በእምነት ባረካቸው፤ በበትሩም ጫፍ ዘንበል ብሎ ሰገደ።

22ዮሴፍ ሊሞት በተቃረበ ጊዜ፣ ስለ እስራኤል ሕዝብ ከግብፅ መውጣት በእምነት ተናገረ፤ ስለ ዐጽሙም ትእዛዝ ሰጠ።

23ሙሴ ከተወለደ በኋላ፣ ወላጆቹ መልከ መልካም ሕፃን መሆኑን ስላዩ በእምነት ሦስት ወር ሸሸጉት፤ የንጉሡንም ዐዋጅ አልፈሩም።

24ሙሴ ካደገ በኋላ፣ የፈርዖን የልጅ ልጅ መባልን በእምነት እምቢ አለ። 25ለጥቂት ጊዜ በኀጢአት ከሚገኝ ደስታ ይልቅ፣ ከእግዚአብሔር ሕዝብ ጋር መከራን መቀበል መረጠ። 26ከግብፅ ሀብት ይልቅ ስለ ክርስቶስ መከራን መቀበል እጅግ የሚበልጥ ሀብት መሆኑን ተገነዘበ፤ ወደ ፊት የሚቀበለውን ብድራት ከሩቅ ተመልክቶአልና። 27የንጉሡን ቊጣ ሳይፈራ ግብፅን ለቆ በእምነት ወጣ፤ የማይታየውንም እንዳየው አድርጎ በመቍጠር በሐሳቡ ጸና። 28በኵሮች የሆኑትን የሚገድለው ቀሣፊ የእስራኤልን በኵር ልጆች እንዳይ ገድል ፋሲካን በእምነት አደረገ፤ ደምንም ረጨ።

29ሕዝቡ በደረቅ መሬት እንደሚኬድ ቀይ ባሕርን በእምነት ተሻገሩ፤ ግብፃውያን ግን እንደዚሁ ለማድረግ ሲሞክሩ ሰጠሙ።

30ሕዝቡ የኢያሪኮን ግንብ ሰባት ቀን ከዞሩት በኋላ፣ በእምነት ወደቀ።

31ዝሙት አዳሪዋ ረዓብ፣ ሰላዮቹን በሰላም ስለ ተቀበለቻቸው ከማይታዘዙት11፥31 ወይም ከማያመኑት ጋር ያልጠፋችው በእምነት ነው።

32እንግዲህ ከዚህ በላይ ምን ልበል? ስለ ጌዴዎን፣ ስለ ባርቅ፣ ስለ ሳምሶን፣ ስለ ዮፍታሔ፣ ስለ ዳዊት፣ ስለ ሳሙኤል፣ እንዲሁም ስለ ነቢያት እንዳልተርክ ጊዜ የለም። 33እነዚህ በእምነት መንግሥታትን ድል ነሡ፤ በቅን ፈረዱ፤ የተሰጠውን የተስፋ ቃል ተቀበሉ፤ የአንበሶችን አፍ ዘጉ፤ 34የእሳትን ኀይል አጠፉ፤ ከሰይፍ ስለት አመለጡ፤ ከድካማቸው በረቱ፤ በጦርነት ኀያል ሆኑ፤ ባዕዳን ወታደሮችን አባረሩ። 35ሴቶች ሙታናቸው ተነሡላቸው። ሌሎቹ ደግሞ የተሻለውን ትንሣኤ ለማግኘት ሲሉ፣ መትረፍን ንቀው ለሞት ለሚዳርግ ሥቃይ ራሳቸውን ሰጡ፤ ከዚህም ነጻ ለመውጣት አልፈለጉም። 36አንዳንዶቹ መዘባበቻ ሆኑ፤ ተገረፉ። ሌሎቹ ደግሞ ታስረው ወደ ወህኒ ተጣሉ፤ 37በድንጋይ ተወገሩ፤ በመጋዝ ለሁለት ተሰነጠቁ፤11፥37 አንዳንድ የጥንት ቅጆች በድንጋይ ተወገሩ፤ ለፈተና አልፈው ተሰጡ፤ በሰይፍ ተወግተው ሞቱ፤ እየተጐሳቈሉ፣ እየተሰደዱና እየተንገላቱ የበግና የፍየል ቈዳ ለብሰው ዞሩ፤ 38ዓለም ለእነርሱ አልተገባቻቸውምና። በየበረሓውና በየተራራው፣ በየዋሻውና በየጒድጓዱ ተንከራተቱ።

39እነዚህ ሁሉ ስለ እምነታቸው የተመሰከረላቸው ቢሆኑም ከእነርሱ ማንም የተስፋውን ቃል የተቀበለ የለም። 40እግዚአብሔር ለእኛ የሚበልጥ ነገር ስላዘጋጀ፣ ያለ እኛ ፍጹማን ሊሆኑ አልቻሉም።