13 All these people were still living by faith when they died.
They did not receive the things promised;
they only saw them and welcomed
them from a distance. And they
admitted that they were aliens
and strangers on earth.
14 People who say such things show that they are
looking for a country of their own.
15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left,
they would have had opportunity to return.
16 Instead, they were longing for a better country — a heavenly one.
Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God,
for he has prepared a city for them