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What faith is. Its wonderful fruits and efficacy demonstrated in the fathers.

[1] Now faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that appear not.

[25] Rather choosing to be afflicted with the people of God, than to have the pleasure of sin for a time,

[21] "Adored the top of his rod": The apostle here follows the ancient Greek Bible of the seventy interpreters, (which translates in this manner, Gen. 47. 31.,) and alleges this fact of Jacob, in paying a relative honour and veneration to the top of the rod or sceptre of Joseph, as to a figure of Christ's sceptre and kingdom, as an instance and argument of his faith. But some translators, who are no friends to this relative honour, have corrupted the text, by translating it, he worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff; as if this circumstance of leaning upon his staff were any argument of Jacob's faith, or worthy the being thus particularly taken notice of by the Holy Ghost.

[26] Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasure of the Egyptians. For he looked unto the reward. [27] By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the fierceness of the king: for he endured as seeing him that is invisible. [28] By faith he celebrated the pasch, and the shedding of the blood; that he, who destroyed the firstborn, might not touch them. [29] By faith they passed through the Red Sea, as by dry land: which the Egyptians attempting, were swallowed up. [30] By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, by the going round them seven days.

[31] By faith Rahab the harlot perished not with the unbelievers, receiving the spies with peace. [32] And what shall I yet say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, Barac, Samson, Jephthe, David, Samuel, and the prophets: [33] Who by faith conquered kingdoms, wrought justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, [34] Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, recovered strength from weakness, became valiant in battle, put to flight the armies of foreigners: [35] Women received their dead raised to life again. But others were racked, not accepting deliverance, that they might find a better resurrection.

[36] And others had trial of mockeries and stripes, moreover also of bands and prisons. [37] They were stoned, they were cut asunder, they were tempted, they were put to death by the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being in want, distressed, afflicted: [38] Of whom the world was not worthy; wandering in deserts, in mountains, and in dens, and in caves of the earth. [39] And all these being approved by the testimony of faith, received not the promise; [40] God providing some better thing for us, that they should not be perfected without us.

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