(From: HEBREWS #12 - 11:17-40)
4. 11:17-31 EXAMPLES OF THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH
a. 11:17-19 ABRAHAM'S FAITH IN RESURRECTION
PIstei pro-seNEno-chen  A-braAM, ton I-saAK pei-raZOme-nos ,
By faith Abraham, being tried, has offered up :Isaac,
kai ton mo-no-geNE  proSEphe-ren  ho tas e-pag-geLIas a-na-deXAme-nos ;
and who had gladly received the promiseswas offering up his only begotten son;
pros hon e-laLEthe [HOti], En I-saAK kleTHEseTAI soi SPERma :
18heunto whom it was said [that], In Isaac shall your seed be called:
lo-giSAme-nos  HOti kai ek neKRON eGEIrein  du-naTOS ho TheOS;
19accounting that God isable to raise up, even thedead;
HOthen auTON kai en pa-ra-boLE  e-koMIsa-to .
from whence he did also in a parable receive him back.
b. 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed :Jacob and :Esau, even concerning things to come.
PIstei, kai peRI melLONton,euLOge-sen I-saAK ton IaKOB kai ton E-sau.
c. 11:21 JACOB'S FAITH IN ISRAEL'S FUTURE
PIstei IaKOB a-poTHNESkon  HEka-ston ton huiON Io-SEPH euLOge-sen;
By faith Jacob dying blessed each of the sons of Joseph;
kai pro-seKUne-sen , ePI to Akron  tes RABdou  auTOU.
and worshiped, leaning upon the top of his :staff.
d. 11:22 JOSEPH'S FAITH IN ISRAEL'S DELIVERANCE FROM EGYPT
PIstei IoSEPH, te-leuTON , peRI tes eXOdou  ton huiON Is-raEL em-neMOneu-sen ;
By faith Joseph, at his end, made mention of the departure of the sons of Israel;
kai peRI ton oSTEon  auTOU e-neTEIla-to .
and gave commandment concerning his :bones.
e. 11:23 THE FAITH OF MOSES' PARENTS
PIstei Mo-uSES, gen-neTHEIS , ekRUbe  TRIme-non HUpo ton paTEron auTOU,
By faith Moses, when born, was hid three months by his :fathers,
di' HOti EIdon aSTEIon to paiDIon; kai ouk e-phoBEthe-san  to diAtag-ma  tou ba-siLEos.
because they saw the child was goodly; and they were not afraid of the commandment of the king.
f. 11:24-26 MOSES' FAITH IN THE PROMISES OF GOD
PIstei Mo-uSES, MEgas geNOme-nos, erNEsa-to  LEges-thai huiOS thu-gaTROS  Pha-raO;
By faith Moses, when grown up, refused to be called son of Pharaoh's daughter;
MALlon heLOme-nos  sun-ka-kouCHEISthai  to laO tou TheOU,
25choosing rather to share ill treatment with the people of :God,
ePROSkai-ron Echein ha-marTIas aPOlau-sin ;
than to enjoy thepleasure of sin for a season;
MEIzo-na PLOUton he-geSAme-nos  ton AiGUPtou
26accounting the reproach of the Christ greater riches
the-sauRON ton o-nei-disMON  tou ChrisTOU: aPEble-pen  gar eis ten mis-tha-po-doSIan .
than the treasures of Egypt: for he looked unto the recompense of reward.
g. 11:27 VISION: THE SECRET OF ENDURANCE IN FAITH
PIstei kaTEli-pen  AIgup-ton, me pho-beTHEIS ton thuMON  tou ba-siLEos:
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king:
ton gar aOra-ton , hos hoRON e-karTEre-sen .
for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
h. 11:28 THE BASIS FOR INSTITUTING THE PASSOVER
PIstei pePOIe-ken to PAScha , kai ten PROSchu-sin  tou HAIma-tos,
By faith he instituted the passover, and the sprinkling of the blood,
HIna me ho o-loTHREUon  ta proTOto-ka  THIge  auTON.
that the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them.
i. 11:29 THE BASIS FOR DELIVERANCE FROM EGYPT
PIstei diEbe-san  ten E-ruTHRAN THAlas-san hos diA xeRAS  ges:
By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land:
hes PEIran  laBONtes hoi AiGUPti-oi ka-tePOthe-san .
which the Egyptians attempting to do were swallowed up.
j. 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, surrounded for seven days.
PIstei ta TEIche  Hi-e-reiCHO Epe-san, kuk-loTHENta  ePI hepTA heMEras.
k. 11:31 FAITH: THE SECRET OF RAHAB'S DELIVERANCE
PIstei 'RaAB he PORne  ou su-naPOle-to  tois a-peiTHEsa-sin ,
By faith Rahab the harlot perished not with the disobedient,
de-xaMEne tous ka-taSKOpous  met' eiREnes.
having received the spies with peace.
5. 11:32-38 BOTH ACTIVE AND PASSIVE FAITH ENDURES THROUGH SUFFERING
a. 11:32-34 MIGHTY DEEDS OF FAITH PERFORMED BY A GREAT HOST OF OTHERS
Kai ti Eti LEgo? e-piLEIpsei  me gar
And what more shallI say? for the time will fail me
di-eGOUme-non  ho CHROnos peRI Ge-deON, BaRAK, SamPSON, IephTHAE;
if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Sampson, Jephthah;
DauID te kai Sa-mouEL kai ton pro-pheTON :
and of David and Samuel and the prophets:
hoi diA PIste-os ka-te-goNIsan-to  ba-siLEIas, erGAsan-to  di-kai-oSUnen,
33who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness,
ePEtu-chon  a-pag-ge-liON, Ephra-xan  STOma-ta leONton,
obtained promises, stopped lions' mouths,
ESbe-san  DUna-min puROS, Ephu-gon  STOma-ta maCHAIres,
34quenched fire's power, escaped the sword's edge,
e-du-naMOthe-san aPO as-theNEIas , e-geNEthe-san i-schuROI en poLEmo,
from weakness were made strong, waxed mighty in war,
pa-rem-boLAS  Ekli-nan  al-loTRIon .
turned to flight armies of aliens.
b. 11:35 THE FAITH OF WOMEN AND MARTYRS
Ela-bon  guNAIkes ex a-naSTAse-os  tous neKROUS auTON:
Women received their :dead by resurrection:
ALloi de e-tum-paNISthe-san , ou pros-deXAme-noi  ten a-poLUtro-sin ,
and others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance,
HIna KREITto-nos a-naSTAse-os  TUcho-sin .
that they might obtain a better resurrection.
c. 11:36-38 GREAT SUFFERINGS OF FAITH
HEte-roi de em-paigMON  kai maSTIgon  PEIran  Ela-bon, Eti de desMON kai phu-laKES:
And others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
e-liTHASthe-san , e-peiRASthe-san , ePRISthe-san ,
37they were stoned, were tempted, sawn asunder,
en PHOno  maCHAIres aPEtha-non: pe-riELthon  en me-loTAIS,
died by thesword's slaughter: went about in sheepskins,
en aiGIois DERma-sin; hu-steROUme-noi , thliBOme-noi , ka-kouCHOUme-noi 
in goatskins; destitute, afflicted, illtreated
(hon ouk en Axi-os ho KOSmos), ePI e-reMIais 
38(of whom the world was not worthy), wandering
plaNOme-noi  kai Ore-si  kai speLAIois , kai tais oPAIS  tes ges.
in deserts and mountains and caves, and the holes of the earth.
6. 11:39-40 FAITH OF OT AND NT SAINTS TO BE FULFILLED TOGETHER
Kai HOUtoi PANtes, mar-tu-reTHENtes  diA tes PIste-os, ouk e-koMIsan-to  ten e-pag-geLIan,
And these all, witnessed to through their faith, received not the promise,
tou TheOU peRI heMON KREIT-TON ti pro-ble-psaMEnou ,
40:God having foreseen something better concerning us,
HIna me choRIS heMON te-lei-oTHOsin .
that apart from us they be not made perfect.
NOTE: 11:17-31 - The author of Hebrews in the next chapter (12) makes use of this chapter (11) in a most telling way. This portion here on the “obedience of faith”, stands out along with the other five portions of this chapter. Jews were used to quoting historical facts before drawing forth a point and then making an application. See Stephen in this regard in Acts 7. We need to constantly remember that we are “in the arena”, surrounded by these enduring and triumphant saints who have preceded us. We are notalone. We have an unseen host ”pulling for us.” Look at those who are recounted in this passage: Abraham; Isaac; Jacob; Joseph; Moses' parents; Moses; Israel through the Red Sea; Joshua and Israel before Jericho's walls - and Rahab the harlot. And - she married into the tribe of Judah, and became a great ancestress of David and Jesus! These example of faithare well worth-while thinking about!
Then in 11:32-38 we are urged to consider Gideon; Barak; Samson; Jephthah; David and Samuel, and all the prophets. Also we are reminded of their extraordinary exploits because of their faith- and much of it in the midst of the deepest type of suffering and persecution. And - all of the above witnesses are aware of the race we are running - and - are “pulling for us”.
Of course, it is well for us to understand their deep interest in our successful progress! God has shown them that the fullness of their reward awaits the timing of the successful conclusion of our race! Think of that!
11:39-40 spells out this aspect of their faith most clearly.
It is because of the above truths that obedienceand meditationon our part is so important. These truths do notbecome living truthfor us - apart from these two conditions. George Muller, Rees Howells and Oswald Chambers are but 3 who perfectly understood the need of these two conditions to be met. And - it is prayerfulmeditation over the Word- reading and praying it aloud - that opens our hearts to the burning reality of such a chapter as this! - J.A.W.