This is perhaps one of the most well known passages in the entire bible, dictating a virtual hall of fame of faith as an encouragement for the audience to keep pressing forward. There is no warning here against apostasy by the idea that if through all of these things, these people made it through, then Christians, even today, can overcome persecution and temptation to keep traveling onward.
Hebrews 11:1-40 from the Commentary in Translation Version
(1) Now faith is the beginning foundation of things being confidently expected, the demonstration of unseen accomplishments.
(2) For in this, the men of the past received approval
(3) By faith, we understand the ages to have been prepared by a saying from God; for the things which are visible, did not come from things unseen.
(4) By faith, Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he testified to be righteous, God testifying concerning his gifts, and through faith, he himself still speaks, though having died.
(5) By faith Enoch was taken up so as not to see death – he was no longer found, because God took him up; for before his removal, he had stood on record to as having been pleasing to God.
(6) But with faith, it is impossible to please him, for it necessary for the one that approaches God to believe that he is the I AM, and that he becomes a rewarder to those who craves for him.
(7) By faith Noah, having been warned of God concerning the things not yet seen, having been moved with reverence, prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world and became an inheritor of the righteousness according to faith.
(8) By faith Abraham, being called, did obey, to go out to the place which was about to receive for an inheritance, and we went out not knowing where he is going.
(9) By faith he lived as a stranger in the land of the divine promise, as a foreigner, having lived in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the joint-heirs of the same promise from God.
(10) For he was looking forward to the city having the foundations who architect and builder is God.
(11) By faith also Sarah herself received power for the founding of a remnant, and she gave birth after the time of life, seeing that she judged him faithful who had promised.
(12) And so from one were born – and in these things having been as good as dead – as the stars of the heaven in number and as innumerable as the sand that is by the sea shore.
(13) All these died in faith, not having received the divine promises – but! – but, having seen them from a afar off and having been persuaded, welcomed them, confessing that they are strangers and sojourners on the earth.
(14) For the ones saying such things make it clear that they are seeking a native land.
(15) And if, indeed, they had continued mindful of that land from which they had came out, they might have had an opportunity to return.
(16) But now they long for a better, that is a heavenly land. For this reason, God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God, for prepared a city form them.
(17) By faith Abraham, while still being tested, had already offered up Isaac; the one that had glady received the divine promises was offering up his only son,
(18) (Of whom it is was said: Your descendent’s will come through Isaac.)
(19) Having taken into account that God is able to raise him up even from the dead, from where he indeed received him (in the symbolic sense).
(20) By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
(21) By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing , leant upong his staff.
(22) By faith Joseph, coming to the end of his life, remembered the exodus of the sons of Israel and gave orders concerning his bones.
(23) By faith Moses, having been born, was hid three months by his parents, because they saw the beautiful young child and were not afraid of the mandate of the king.
(24) By faith Moses, having become great, refused to be called a son of the daughter of Pharaoh,
(25) Having chosen rather to share the hardship of the people of God than to have the temporary pleasure of sin,
(26) Having regarded the disgrace of Christ as greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking away from all else to the reward.
(27) By faith, he left Egypt behind, not fearing the king’s rage, for he endured, as seeing the invisible one.
(28) By faith he had kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the one destroying the first-born would not touch them.
(29) By faith they passed through the Red Sea as through dry land, which the Egyptians meeting the trial of, were swallowed up.
(30) By faith the walls of Jericho fell, having been encircled for seven days.
(31) By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with the ones who refused to obey, having received the spies with peace.
(32) And what more shall I say? For the time will run short for me is I fully tell about Gideon, both Barak and Samson, and Jephthah, both David and Samuel, and the prophets,
(33) Who through faith conquers kingdoms, brought about justice, obtained divine promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
(34) Extinguished the power of fire, escaped the mouth of the sword, were made strong from weaknesses, became mighty in battle, routed foreign armies.
(35) Women received back their dead by a resurrection, but others were tortured, not accepted their release so that they would obtain a better resurrection.
(36) And others received trials of public ridicule and beatings with a whip, and in addition, chains and imprisonment.
(37) They were stoned; they were cut in two; they were tested; they were murdered with a sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, being afflicted, being tormented,
(38) (Of whom the world was not worthy) wandering about in desolate places and in mountains and in caves and in canyons of the earth.
(39) And all these, having received approval through their faith, did not receive the promise from God,
(40) Because God provided something better concerning us, that they should not be made perfect without us.