February 4, 2013, Reading

The Letter to the Hebrews   11: 32-40

11:32 And what should I say next? For time is not sufficient for me to give an account of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the Prophets:
11:33 those who, by faith, conquered kingdoms, accomplished justice, obtained promises, closed the mouths of lions,
11:34 extinguished the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, recovered from infirmities, showed strength in battle, turned back the armies of foreigners.
11:35 Women received their dead by means of resurrection. But others suffered severe punishment, not yet receiving redemption, so that they would find a better resurrection.
11:36 Truly, others were tested by mocking and lashes, and moreover by chains and imprisonment.
11:37 They were stoned; they were cut; they were tempted. With the slaughter of the sword, they were killed. They wandered about in sheepskin and in goatskin, in dire need, in anguish afflicted.
11:38 Of them, the world was not worthy, wandering in solitude on mountains, in the caves and caverns of the earth.
11:39 And all these, having been proven by the testimony of faith, did not receive the Promise.
11:40 God’s Providence holds something better for us, so that not without us would they be perfected.


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