God’s Covenant with Abram1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: a“Fear not, Abram, I am byour shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue ▼
▼Or I shall diechildless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and da member of my household will be my heir.” 4And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; eyour very own son ▼
▼Hebrew what will come out of your own loinsshall be your heir.” 5And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and gnumber the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, h“So shall your offspring be.” 6And ihe believed the Lord, and jhe counted it to him as righteousness.
7And he said to him, “I am the Lord who kbrought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans lto give you this land to possess.” 8But he said, “O Lord God, mhow am I to know that I shall possess it?” 9He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10And he brought him all these, ncut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But ohe did not cut the birds in half. 11And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
12As the sun was going down, a pdeep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. 13Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain qthat your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and rthey will be afflicted for sfour hundred years. 14But tI will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward uthey shall come out with great possessions. 15As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; vyou shall be buried in a good old age. 16And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for wthe iniquity of the Amorites xis not yet complete.”
17When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, y“To your offspring I give ▼
▼Or have giventhis land, from aathe river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, 19the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 20the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”
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