Modern Literal Version
[Hebrews 11]




     11:1 Now faith is the essence of things hoped for, a conviction of matters not seen. 11:2 For* the elders were witnessed in this; 11:3 in faith, we perceive that the ages have been framed by the declaration of God, toward the things seen, not having become from things which appear. 11:4 In faith, Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice to God than Cain, through which he was witnessed to be righteous, God testifying on the basis of his gifts and through it he still speaks, althoughbeing dead. 11:5 In faith, Enoch was transferred, not to see death, and he was not being found, because God transferred him; for* it had been testified of him to have been well pleasing to God before his transfer. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to God; for* it is essential for the one who comes near to God to believe that he is and that he becomes a rewarder to those who are seeking him out. 11:7 In faith, Noah, having been divinely-warned concerning things not yet seen, and being scared, prepared an ark *for the salvation of his house; through which he condemned the world and he became an heir of righteousness according to faith. 11:8 In faith, Abraham obeyed*, being called to go out to the place which he was about to receive *for an inheritance, and he went out, not knowing where he was going. 11:9 In faith, he sojourned in the land of promise, as an alien, having dwelt in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the joint heirs of the same promise. 11:10 For* he was waiting for the city which has the foundations, whose craftsman and contractor is God. 11:11 In faith, even Sarah herself received power to conceive seed and borea son contrary to the time of her fertile age*, since she deemed him faithful who had promised.11:12 And hence these were fathered from one sterile man, just-as the stars of heaven in a multitude and as innumerable as the sand beside the sea shore.




     11:13 These all died according to faith, not having received the promises, but having seen themand having greeted them from farther out and having confessed that they are strangers and travelers upon the earth. 11:14 For* those who are saying such things are disclosing that they are seeking after a fatherland. 11:15 And if they were indeed remembering that region from which they went out, they would have had an opportunity to revisit. 11:16 But now they are aspiring for themselves to a better region, this thing is a heavenly one. Hence God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God; for* he has prepared a city for them.




     11:17 In faith, Abraham, being tested, has offered up Isaac. And he who had accepted the promises was offering up his only begotten son; 11:18 to whom it was said, In Isaac your seed will be called. {Gen 21:12}11:19 Having reasoning that God is able to raise him up even from the dead; from where he also got him back in a figure. 11:20 In faith, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, concerning future things. 11:21 In faith, Jacob, while dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, resting upon the tip of his staff. 11:22 In faith, Joseph, while dying, made a remembrance concerning the exodus of the sons of Israel, and commanded them concerning his bones.



     11:23 In faith, Moses, having been born, was hid three months by his parents, because they saw he was a handsome child, and they were not afraid of the command of the king. 11:24 In faith, Moses, having become great, denied to be called* the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 11:25 having selected for himself to be mistreated together with the people of God rather than to have temporary enjoyment of sin, 11:26 having deemed the reproach of the Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for* he was looking toward the reward. 11:27 In faith, he left Egypt, not fearing the fury of the king; for* he persevered, as seeing the invisible one. 11:28 In faith, he has made* the Passover and the splashing of the blood on the door frames, in order that the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them. 11:29 In faith, they crossed over the Red Sea as if through dryland; from which the Egyptians having taken an attempt at it, were swallowed up.



     11:30 In faith, the walls of Jericho fell down, having been surrounded for seven days. 11:31 In faith, Rahab the prostitute did not perish together with the disobedient, having accepted the spies with peace.




     11:32 And what more should I say? For* the time will fail me if I describe the things concerning Gideon, Barak, and both Samson and Jephthah; both David and Samuel, and the prophets: 11:33who through faith conquered kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, sealed the mouths of lions, 11:34 quenched the power of fire, fled away from the edge of the sword, were empowered away from weakness, became mighty in war, the encampments of aliens boweddown. 11:35 Women received back their dead from a resurrection. But others were tortured, having not accepted their redemption; in order that they might obtain a better resurrection, 11:36 and others received a trial from mocking and scourges, but still more, from bonds and prison: 11:37they were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were tempted; they died in murder from the sword; they went around in sheepskins, and in hides; they were lacking, being afflicted, andbeing mistreated, 11:38 (of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in the wildernesses and mountains and caves and the holes of the earth. 11:39 And all these, having been testified of through the faith, {Or: witnessed to through their faith.} did not get the promise, 11:40 God having foreseen something better concerning us, in order that they should not be completed separate from us.





Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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