For by this our ancestors were approved.

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By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through his faith.(A)

By faith Enoch was taken away, and so he did not experience death. He was not to be found because God took him away.[a] For before he was taken away, he was approved as one who pleased God.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 11:5 Gn 5:21–24

39 All these were approved through their faith, but they did not receive what was promised,

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