What faith is.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is [the] substantiating of things hoped for, [the] conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:2 For in [the power of] this the elders have obtained testimony. Hebrews 11:3 By faith we apprehend that the worlds were framed by [the] word of God, so that that which is seen should not take its origin from things which appear. Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained testimony of being righteous, God bearing testimony to his gifts, and by it, having died, he yet speaks. Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him; for before [his] translation he has the testimony that he had pleased God.
Without faith we cannot please God.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]. For he that draws near to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them who seek him out.
The worthy fruits thereof in the fathers of old time.
Hebrews 11:7 By faith, Noah, oracularly warned concerning things not yet seen, moved with fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his house; by which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which [is] according to faith. Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, being called, obeyed to go out into the place which he was to receive for an inheritance, and went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:9 By faith he sojourned as a stranger in the land of promise as a foreign country, having dwelt in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with [him] of the same promise; Hebrews 11:10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, of which God is [the] artificer and constructor. Hebrews 11:11 By faith also Sarah herself received strength for [the] conception of seed, and [that] beyond a seasonable age; since she counted him faithful who promised. Hebrews 11:12 Wherefore also there have been born of one, and that of one become dead, even as the stars of heaven in multitude, and as the countless sand which [is] by the sea shore. Hebrews 11:13 All these died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them from afar off and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and sojourners on the earth. Hebrews 11:14 For they who say such things shew clearly that they seek [their] country. Hebrews 11:15 And if they had called to mind that from whence they went out, they had had opportunity to have returned; Hebrews 11:16 but now they seek a better, that is, a heavenly; wherefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God; for he has prepared for them a city. Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, [when] tried, offered up Isaac, and he who had received to himself the promises offered up his only begotten [son], Hebrews 11:18 as to whom it had been said, In Isaac shall thy seed be called: Hebrews 11:19 counting that God [was] able to raise [him] even from among [the] dead, whence also he received him in a figure. Hebrews 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. Hebrews 11:21 By faith Jacob [when] dying blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshipped on the top of his staff. Hebrews 11:22 By faith Joseph [when] dying called to mind the going forth of the sons of Israel, and gave commandment concerning his bones. Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses, being born, was hid three months by his parents, because they saw the child beautiful; and they did not fear the injunction of the king. Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he had become great, refused to be called son of Pharaoh's daughter; Hebrews 11:25 choosing rather to suffer affliction along with the people of God than to have [the] temporary pleasure of sin; Hebrews 11:26 esteeming the reproach of the Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he had respect to the recompense. Hebrews 11:27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he persevered, as seeing him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:28 By faith he celebrated the passover and the sprinkling of the blood, that the destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them. Hebrews 11:29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as through dry land; of which the Egyptians having made trial were swallowed up. Hebrews 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, having been encircled for seven days. Hebrews 11:31 By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with the unbelieving, having received the spies in peace. Hebrews 11:32 And what more do I say? For the time would fail me telling of Gideon, and Barak, and Samson, and Jephthah, and David and Samuel, and of the prophets: Hebrews 11:33 who by faith overcame kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped lions' mouths, Hebrews 11:34 quenched [the] power of fire, escaped [the] edge of the sword, became strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, made [the] armies of strangers give way. Hebrews 11:35 Women received their dead again by resurrection; and others were tortured, not having accepted deliverance, that they might get a better resurrection; Hebrews 11:36 and others underwent trial of mockings and scourgings, yea, and of bonds and imprisonment. Hebrews 11:37 They were stoned, were sawn asunder, were tempted, died by the death of the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, destitute, afflicted, evil treated, Hebrews 11:38 (of whom the world was not worthy,) wandering in deserts and mountains, and [in] dens and caverns of the earth. Hebrews 11:39 And these all, having obtained witness through faith, did not receive the promise, Hebrews 11:40 God having foreseen some better thing for us, that they should not be made perfect without us.