For our ancestors won God’s approval by it.

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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 so he did not experience death, and he was not to be found because God took him away.[a] For prior to his removal he was approved, since he had pleased God.(B)

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

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