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;
1Basi, imani ni kuwa na hakika ya mambo yatarajiwayo, ni uhakika wa mambo tusiyoyaona. 2 Maana ni kwa imani wazee wa kale walipata kibali cha Mungu.
3 Kwa imani tunafahamu kwamba ulimwengu uliumbwa kwa neno la Mungu, vitu vinavyoonekana vilitengenezwa kutokana na vitu visiv yoonekana.
4 Kwa imani Abeli alimtolea Mungu sadaka bora zaidi kuliko Kaini. Kwa imani alikubaliwa kuwa mtu mwenye haki, Mungu aliposi fia sadaka zake. Na kwa imani yake bado anasema ingawa amekufa.
5 Kwa imani, Enoki alichukuliwa mbinguni ili asife, hakuone kana tena kwa sababu Mungu alikuwa amemchukua. Basi, kabla haja chukuliwa alikuwa ameshuhudiwa kuwa ni mtu aliyempendeza Mungu. 6 Na pasipo imani haiwezekani kumpendeza Mungu kwa maana kila mtu anayemjia ni lazima aamini kuwa yupo na kwamba yeye huwapa tuzo wale wanaomtafuta kwa bidii.
7 Kwa imani Noe alipoonywa na Mungu kuhusu mambo yaliyokuwa hayajaonekana bado, alitii akajenga safina kuokoa jamii yake. Kwa sababu hii aliuhukumu ulimwengu na akawa mrithi wa haki ipatika nayo kwa imani.
8 Kwa imani Abrahamu alimtii Mungu alipoitwa aende kwenye nchi ambayo Mungu angempa kama urithi. Naye aliondoka akaenda ingawa hakujua aendako. 9 Kwa imani aliishi kama mgeni katika nchi ya ahadi. Aliishi katika nchi ya ugenini katika mahema pamoja na Isaki na Yakobo ambao pia walikuwa warithi pamoja naye wa ahadi ile ile. 10 Maana alikuwa akitazamia mji wenye misingi ya kudumu ambao umebuniwa na kujengwa na Mungu mwenyewe.
11 Kwa imani Sara alipewa uwezo wa kupata mimba ijapokuwa alishapita umri wa kuzaa, kwa sababu aliamini kwamba Mungu ali yemwahidi ni mwaminifu na angelitimiza ahadi yake. 12 Kwa hiyo kutokana na huyu mtu mmoja, ambaye alikuwa sawa na mfu, walizal iwa wazao wengi kama nyota za mbinguni na kama mchanga usiohesa bika wa pwani.
13 Watu wote hawa walikuwa bado wanaishi kwa imani walipo kufa. Hawakupata yale waliyoahidiwa; lakini waliyaona na kuyafu rahia kwa mbali. Nao walikiri kwamba walikuwa ni wageni wasiokuwa na maskani hapa duniani. 14 Maana watu wanaosema maneno kama hayo, wanaonyesha wazi kwamba wanatafuta nchi yao wenyewe. 15 Kama walikuwa wakifikiria kuhusu nchi waliyoiacha, wangali pata nafasi ya kurudi huko. 16 Lakini sasa wanatamani nchi iliyo bora zaidi, yaani, nchi ya mbinguni. Kwa hiyo Mungu haoni aibu kuitwa Mungu wao, kwa maana amewatayarishia mji.
17 Kwa imani Abrahamu alipojaribiwa alimtoa Isaki awe dha bihu. Yeye ambaye alikuwa amepokea ahadi za Mungu alikuwa tayari kumtoa mwanae wa pekee awe dhabihu, 18 ingawa Mungu alikuwa amemwambia, “Uzao wako utatokana na Isaki.” 19 Abrahamu aliamini kwamba Mungu angaliweza kumfufua Isaki kutoka kwa wafu, na kweli ni kama alimpata tena Isaka kutoka katika kifo.
20 Kwa imani Isaki aliwabariki Yakobo na Esau kuhusu mambo yatakayotokea baadaye.
21 Kwa imani Yakobo alipokuwa anakufa, alimbariki kila mmoja wa watoto wa Yosefu, akamwabudu Mungu akiegemea kichwa cha ile fimbo yake.
22 Kwa imani Yosefu alipokuwa amekaribia mwisho wa maisha yake, alitaja habari za kutoka kwa wana wa Israeli huko Misri, na akatoa maagizo kuhusu mifupa yake.
23 Kwa imani Mose alipozaliwa alifichwa kwa miezi mitatu na wazazi wake, kwa sababu waliona kwamba ni mtoto mwenye umbo zuri, wala hawakuogopa amri ya mfalme.
24 Kwa imani Mose alipokuwa mtu mzima, alikataa kuitwa mwana wa binti Farao, 25 badala yake akachagua kupata mateso pamoja na watu wa Mungu, kuliko kufurahia anasa za dhambi za kitambo kidogo. 26 Aliona kwamba kushutumiwa kwa ajili ya Kristo ni uta jiri mkubwa zaidi kuliko hazina ya Misri; maana alikuwa anataza mia kupata tuzo baadaye. 27 Kwa imani Mose alitoka Misri bila kuogopa ghadhabu ya mfalme, kwa maana alivumilia kama amwonaye yeye asiyeonekana. 28 Kwa imani aliitimiza Pasaka na kunyunyiza damu ili yule mwenye kuwaangamiza wazaliwa wa kwanza asiwaguse wao.
29 Kwa imani watu wakavuka Bahari ya Shamu kama vile juu ya nchi kavu; lakini Wamisri walipojaribu kufanya hivyo, wakafa maji.
30 Kwa imani kuta za Yeriko zilianguka, watu walipozizunguka kwa siku saba.
31 Kwa imani Rahabu, yule kahaba, hakuangamia pamoja na wale waliomwasi Mungu, kwa kuwa aliwakaribisha wale wapelelezi.
32 Basi niseme nini zaidi? Wakati hauniruhusu kuwaeleza habari za Gidioni, Baraka, Samsoni, Yeftha, Daudi, Samweli na manabii. 33 Hawa, kwa imani walishinda milki za wafalme, walite keleza haki, walipokea ahadi za Mungu, walifunga vinywa vya simba; 34 walizima moto mkali, na waliepuka kuuawa kwa upanga. Walikuwa dhaifu lakini wakatiwa nguvu, walikuwa hodari vitani, wakafukuza majeshi ya kigeni yakakimbia. 35 Wanawake walipokea wapendwa wao waliokuwa wamekufa wakafufuliwa. Lakini wengine wal iteswa wakakataa kufunguliwa, ili wapate kufufukia maisha bora zaidi. 36 Wengine walidhihakiwa na kupigwa, hata wakafungwa pingu na kutiwa gerezani. 37 Walipigwa mawe, walikatwa vipande viwili kwa misumeno, waliuawa kwa panga, walizurura wakiwa wamevaa ngozi za kondoo na mbuzi, walikuwa maskini, waliteswa na kutendewa mabaya. 38 Ulimwengu haukustahili kuwa na watu kama hao: walizungukazunguka jangwani, katika milima na katika mapango na mashimo ardhini.
39 Na wote hawa, ingawa walishuhudiwa vema kwa sababu ya imani yao, hawakupokea yale waliyoahidiwa, 40 kwa sababu Mungu alikuwa amepanga kitu bora zaidi kwa ajili yetu, kwamba wasinge likamilishwa pasipo sisi.