In Hebrews 11:8-10, the author refers to Abraham's faith. In the ESV:

8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.

Does "the city" in verse 10 refer to heaven?

This same "city" seems to be referred to in Hebrews chapter 13 as well. In the ESV:

14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.

Is there a connection between the "city" in Hebrews 11:10 and the "city" in Hebrews 13:14?

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The question is answered explicitly in Heb 11:16 -

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.

This same idea is again referenced in Heb 12:22, 23 -

Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to myriads of angels in joyful assembly, to the congregation of the firstborn, enrolled in heaven. You have come to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect

The book of Revelation also alludes to the same idea in -

Rev 21:10 - And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

Rev 21:2 - I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

Rev 3:12 - I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God

Jesus also alluded to this idea in John 14:1-3

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God;a believe in Me as well. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am.

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