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Hebrews 11

1 But faith is the confidence of things hoped for, the inner-conviction of [things] not seen. 2 For by this the elders were [well] testified. 3 By faith we know eternity to be created by [the] word of God, in which the not-out-of-what-appears came what-is-seen. 4 By faith Abel offered [a] greater sacrifice to God than Cain, through which he was witnessed to be just, God [well] testifying [about] his gifts, and through them [though] being dead, he yet speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was changed so as to not see death, and God was not pleased [only] because he had changed him. 6 For before the change he is witnessed to have been pleasing to God, for it is necessary for the coming [one] to believe in God, that he is, and that to those seeking him he becomes [a] rewarder. 7 By faith Noah having been warned concerning [things] not yet seen, having been reverent, he built [an] ark for the rescue of his house, through which he condemned the world, and he became heir of the justice according to faith. 8 By faith Abraham, being called, obeyed to go out to [a] place which he was [about] to be receiving for [an] inheritance, and he went out not knowing where he goes. 9 By faith he sojourned to the land of promise as [a] foreigner, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, co-heirs of the same promise. 10 For they expected the city having foundation, whose maker and framer is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself also received ability for sowing of seed even beyond the season1 of maturity2, because she regarded trustworthy the [one] having promised. 12 Therefore even from one they came to be, and these from the nearly-dead, just as the stars of heaven in number and as sand by the shore of the sea innumerable. 13 During faith these all died, not having obtained the promise, but seeing and greeting [it] from afar, and professing that they are strangers and exiles upon the land. 14 For those saying such [things] reveal that they seek [a] native-land. 15 And if on the one hand they remembered that from which they went forth, they had opportune-time1 to turn back. 16 But on the other hand they aspire to [a] greater, that is, [a] heavenly. Therefore God was not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them [a] city. 17 By faith Abraham offered Isaac, being tested, the [one] receiving the promise was offering his uniquely-begotten3 son4, 18 towards whom it was said that: In Isaac will be called to you seed, 19 reasoning that even from the dead [is] God able to raise [him], whence he was also in parable received. 20 By faith also concerning those [about] to be, he blessed Isaac, Jacob and Esau. 21 By faith Jacob when dying blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshipped upon the top of his staff. 22 By faith Moses having been born was hid three months by his fathers, because they saw he was [a] well-pleasing child, and did not fear the edict of the king. 24 By faith when Moses became great, he refused to be called the son of the daughter of Pharaoh, 25 rather having preferred to be mistreated with the people of God than to be having transitory enjoyment of sin, 26 regarding the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt. For he was looking to the recompense. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king, for he held fast as though seeing the invisible. 28 By faith he did the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, in order that the destroying angel not touch the first-born. 29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as through dry land, which, when they took the attempt, the Egyptians were swallowed up. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, having circled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the disobedient, having received the spies with peace. 32 And what do I still say? For time fails me relating concerning Gideon, Barach, Samson, Jeptha, David and Solomon and of the prophets, 33 who through faith overcame kingdoms, accomplished justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, fled the mouth of swords, were strengthened from weakness, became strong in war, turned other's armies to flight 35 women received from resurrection their dead. But others were tortured, not receiving deliverance, in order that they obtain [a] greater resurrection; 36 but others received the trial of mockings and floggings and yet of bonds and prison; 37 they were stoned, they were tested, they were sawn [in two], they died by murder of [the] sword, they went around in sheepskins, in goatskins, being in lack, being distressed, being treated evil-ly, 38 of whom the world was not worthy, wandering in wildernesses and mountains and caves and the holes of the land. 39 And these all having witness born to them through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 while God provided concerning you [a] greater [thing], in order that not apart from you they be completed5.

1KAIROS (καιρoς ) `opportune time', `proper time', `season'

2that is, past menopause

3MONOGENES `mah-noh-gen-AYS" (μoνγενεης ) Literally `only (MONO) + begotten/birthed (GENES)'. GENNAO "gen-AH-oh" (γενναω) is used of `begetting' by the father, and `birthing' by the mother in the Greek literature in general as well as the Septuagint. Thus it refers to the reproductive process as a whole. GENNAO is also used of the special relationship between a Master and his disciples, where no literal begetting or birthing is involved. Since there isn't really an English word that encompasses the whole reproductive cycle, GENNAO is reluctantly translated as 'born' except in those contexts where it would be strange to the English reader to say 'born of a father' or 'begotten by a mother'. MONOGENES appears in: Luke.7:12, Luke.8:42, Luke.9:38, John.1:14, John.1:18, John.3:16, John.3:18, Heb.11:17, 1John.4:9. Luke only uses MONOGENES to refer to 'an only-child'. But see Heb.11:17 where Isaac is referred to as MONOGENES even though he has an older brother Ishmael. Thus it must also mean 'uniquely-born/begotten' and not strictly 'only-child'.

4Note: Isaac was not Abraham's only son—there was Ishmael (Gen 21). This must refer to Isaac's unique role as Abraham's son and not just the simple biological fact of being Abraham's only son—which he was not.

5or "perfected"