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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)


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CHAPTER 11 References

1 aRom. 8:24
2Or confidence
3 aPs. 33:6 1Or
ages, Gr.
aiones, aeons
4 aGen. 4:3–5
bHeb. 12:24
5 aGen.
7 aGen.
b1 Pet. 3:20
cRom. 3:22
8 aGen. 12:1–4
9 aGen. 12:8;
13:3, 18; 18:1,
9 bHeb. 6:17
10 a[Heb.
12:22; 13:14] b[Rev. 21:10] 11 aGen. 17:19;
18:11–14; 21:1,
2 bLuke 1:36
cHeb. 10:23
1NU omits
she bore a


By Faith We Understand


1 Now faith is the 1substance of things hoped for, the 2evidence aof things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that athe 1worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Faith at the Dawn of History

4 By faith aAbel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still bspeaks.
5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, a“and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
7 By faith aNoah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, bprepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of cthe righteousness which is according to faith.

Faithful Abraham

8 By faith aAbraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, adwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, bthe heirs with him of the same promise;
10 for he waited for athe city which has foundations, bwhose builder and maker is God.
11 By faith aSarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and bshe1 bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him cfaithful who had promised.

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12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as adead, were born as many as the bstars of the sky in multitude— innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

The Heavenly Hope

13 These all died in faith, anot having received the bpromises, but chaving seen them afar off 1were assured of them, embraced them and dconfessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For those who say such things adeclare plainly that they seek a homeland.
15 And truly if they had called to mind athat country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.
16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed ato be called their God, for He has bprepared a city for them.

The Faith of the Patriarchs

17 By faith Abraham, awhen he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 1of whom it was said, a“In Isaac your seed shall be called,”
19 concluding that God awas able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
20 By faith aIsaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, ablessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
22 By faith aJoseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.

The Faith of Moses

23 By faith aMoses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s bcommand.
24 By faith aMoses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the 1passing pleasures of sin,
26 esteeming athe 1reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures 2in Egypt; for he looked to the breward.
27 By faith ahe forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
28 By faith ahe kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

12 aRom. 4:19
bGen. 15:5;
22:17; 32:12
13 aHeb. 11:39
bGen. 12:7
cJohn 8:56
dPs. 39:12
1NU, M omit
were assured
of them
14 aHeb. 13:14
15 aGen. 11:31
16 aEx. 3:6, 15;
4:5 b[Rev.
21:2] 17 aJames 2:21
18 aGen. 21:12
19 aRom. 4:17
20 aGen.
21 aGen. 48:1,
5, 16, 20
22 aGen. 50:24,
23 aEx. 2:1–3
bEx. 1:16, 22
24 aEx.
25 1temporary
26 aHeb. 13:13
bRom. 8:18
because of
2NU, M of
27 aEx. 10:28
28 aEx. 12:21
29 aEx.
30 aJosh. 6:20
31 aJosh. 2:9;
6:23 bJosh. 2:1
1were disobedient
32 aJudg. 6:11;
7:1–25 bJudg.
4:6–24 cJudg.
e1 Sam. 16; 17
f1 Sam. 7:9–14
33 aDan. 6:22
34 aDan.
35 a1 Kin.
17:22 bActs
36 aGen. 39:20
37 a1 Kin.
21:13 b2 Kin.
1:8 cZech.
13:4 1NU
omits were
38 a1 Kin.
18:4, 13; 19:9
39 aHeb. 11:2,
40 aHeb. 5:9

CHAPTER 12 References

1 aCol. 3:8
b1 Cor. 9:24
cRom. 12:12
2 aLuke 24:26
bPs. 69:7, 19;
Phil. 2:8
cPs. 110:1
3 aMatt. 10:24
bGal. 6:9

29 By faith athey passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.

By Faith They Overcame

30 By faith athe walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.
31 By faith athe harlot Rahab did not perish with those who 1did not believe, when bshe had received the spies with peace.
32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of aGideon and bBarak and cSamson and dJephthah, also of eDavid and fSamuel and the prophets:
33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, astopped the mouths of lions,
34 aquenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 aWomen received their dead raised to life again. Others were btortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.
36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and aof chains and imprisonment.
37 aThey were stoned, they were sawn in two, 1were tempted, were slain with the sword. bThey wandered about cin sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—
38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, ain dens and caves of the earth.
39 And all these, ahaving obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,
40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be amade perfect apart from us.

The Race of Faith


1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, alet us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and blet us run cwith endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking unto Jesus, the 1author and 2finisher of our faith, awho for the joy that was set before Him bendured the cross, despising the shame, and chas sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Discipline of God

3 aFor consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, blest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

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4 aYou have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:

a“My son, do not despise the 1chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For awhom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”

7 aIf1 you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what bson is there whom a father does not chasten?
8 But if you are without chastening, aof which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to athe Father of spirits and live?
10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, athat we may be partakers of His holiness.
11 Now no 1chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields athe peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Renew Your Spiritual Vitality

12 Therefore astrengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,
13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
14 aPursue peace with all people, and holiness, bwithout which no one will see the Lord:
15 looking carefully lest anyone afall short of the grace of God; lest any broot of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
16 lest there be any afornicator or 1profane person like Esau, bwho for one morsel of food sold his birthright.
17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was arejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

The Glorious Company

18 For you have not come 1to athe mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and 2darkness and tempest,
19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it abegged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.

4 a[1 Cor.
10:13] 5 aProv. 3:11,
12 1discipline
6 aRev. 3:19
7 aDeut. 8:5
bProv. 13:24;
19:18; 23:13
1NU, M It is
for discipline
that you
endure; God
8 a1 Pet. 5:9
9 a[Job 12:10] 10 aLev. 11:44
11 aJames
3:17, 18 1discipline
12 aIs. 35:3
14 aPs. 34:14
bMatt. 5:8
15 aHeb. 4:1
bDeut. 29:18
16 a[1 Cor.
6:13–18] bGen.
25:33 1godless
17 aGen.
18 aDeut. 4:11;
5:22 1NU to
that which
2NU gloom
19 aEx.
20 aEx. 19:12,
13 1NU, M
omit the rest
of v. 20.
21 aDeut. 9:19
23 a[James
1:18] bLuke
10:20 cPs.
50:6; 94:2
d[Phil. 3:12] 1festal gathering
24 aHeb. 8:6;
9:15 bEx. 24:8
cGen. 4:10
25 aHeb. 2:2, 3
26 aHag. 2:6
1NU will
27 a[Is. 34:4;
54:10; 65:17] 28 aHeb. 13:15,
21 1M omits
29 aEx. 24:17

CHAPTER 13 References

1 aRom. 12:10
2 aMatt. 25:35
bGen. 18:1–22;
3 aMatt. 25:36
4 aProv. 5:18,
19 b1 Cor. 6:9
5 aDeut. 31:6,
8; Josh. 1:5
6 aPs. 27:1;
7 1lead


20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: a“And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned 1or shot with an arrow.”
21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, a“I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”)
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,
23 to the 1general assembly and church of athe firstborn bwho are registered in heaven, to God cthe Judge of all, to the spirits of just men dmade perfect,
24 to Jesus athe Mediator of the new covenant, and to bthe blood of sprinkling that speaks better things cthan that of Abel.

Hear the Heavenly Voice

25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For aif they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,
26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, a“Yet once more I 1shake not only the earth, but also heaven.”
27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the aremoval of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we 1may aserve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
29 For aour God is a consuming fire.

Concluding Moral Directions


1 Let abrotherly love continue.
2 aDo not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing bsome have unwittingly entertained angels.
3 aRemember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.
4 aMarriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; bbut fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, a“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
6 So we may boldly say:

a“The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Concluding Religious Directions

7 Remember those who 1rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow,

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considering the outcome of their conduct.
8 Jesus Christ is athe same yesterday, today, and forever.
9 Do not be carried 1about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.
10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.
11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp.
12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might 1sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing aHis reproach.
14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.
15 aTherefore by Him let us continually offer bthe sacrifice of praise to God, that is, cthe fruit of our lips, 1giving thanks to His name.
16 aBut do not forget to do good and to share, for bwith such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 aObey those who 1rule over you, and be submissive, for bthey watch out for your souls, as those who must

8 a[John 8:58];
2 Cor. 1:19;
Heb. 1:12
9 1NU, M
12 1set apart
13 a1 Pet. 4:14
15 aEph. 5:20
bLev. 7:12 cIs.
57:19; Hos.
14:2 1Lit. confessing
16 aRom. 12:13
b2 Cor. 9:12;
Phil. 4:18
17 aPhil. 2:29
bIs. 62:6;
Ezek. 3:17;
Acts 20:28
18 aEph. 6:19
bActs 23:1
20 aRom. 5:1,
2, 10; 15:33
bPs. 16:10, 11;
Hos. 6:2;
Rom. 4:24 cPs.
23:1; Is. 40:11;
63:11; John
10:11; 1 Pet.
2:25; 5:4
dZech. 9:11;
Heb. 10:29
21 aPhil. 2:13
2NU, M us
24 1lead

give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

Prayer Requested

18 aPray for us; for we are confident that we have ba good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably.
19 But I especially urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.

Benediction, Final Exhortation, Farewell

20 Now may athe God of peace bwho brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, cthat great Shepherd of the sheep, dthrough the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 make you 1complete in every good work to do His will, aworking in 2you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
22 And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words.
23 Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly.
24 Greet all those who 1rule over you, and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you.
25 Grace be with you all. Amen.

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The Blessedness of Answered Prayer

A Psalm. A Song aat the dedication of the house of David.

1 I WILL extol You, O LORD, for You have alifted me up, And have not let my foes brejoice over me.
2 O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You ahealed me.
3 O LORD, aYou brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, 1that I should not go down to the pit.

4 aSing praise to the LORD, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of 1His holy name.
5 For aHis anger is but for a moment, bHis favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But 1joy comes in the morning.

PSALM 30 References

title aDeut.
1 aPs. 28:9 bPs.
2 aPs. 6:2;
103:3; [Is.
53:5] 3 aPs. 86:13
1So with Qr.,
Tg.; Kt., LXX,
Syr.,Vg. from
those who descend
to the
4 aPs. 97:12
1Or His holiness
5 aPs. 103:9;
Is. 26:20; 54:7,
8 bPs. 63:3 1a
shout of joy
6 1shaken
7 a[Deut.
31:17; Ps.
104:29; 143:7] 9 a[Ps. 6:5] 11 aEccl. 3:4;
Is. 61:3; Jer.
31:4 1The
sackcloth of
my mourning
12 1soul

6 Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be 1moved.”
7 LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; aYou hid Your face, and I was troubled.

8 I cried out to You, O LORD; And to the LORD I made supplication:
9 “What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? aWill the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth?
10 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper!”
11 aYou have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off 1my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
12 To the end that my 1glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.




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