Abram Promised a Son1 After these things a the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, b “Do not fear, Abram,
I am c a shield to you;
▼ Or Your very great rewardYour e reward shall be very great.”
2 Abram said, “O Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod, what will You give me, since I ▼
▼ Lit goam childless, and the ▼
▼ Lit son of acquisitionheir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said ▼
▼ Lit Behold“Since You have given no ▼ offspring to me, ▼
▼ Lit and behold, a son ofone l born in my house is my heir.” 4 Then behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; m but one who will come forth from your own ▼
▼ Lit inward partsbody, he shall be your heir.” 5 And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and o count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, p “So shall your ▼ descendants be.” 6 r Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. 7 And He said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you out of s Ur of the Chaldeans, to t give you this land to ▼
▼ Or inheritpossess it.” 8 He said, “O Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod w how may I know that I will ▼
▼ Or inheritpossess it?” 9 So He said to him, ▼
▼ Lit Take“Bring Me a three year old heifer, and a three year old female goat, and a three year old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he ▼
▼ Lit tookbrought all these to Him and aa cut them ▼
▼ Lit in the midstin two, and laid each half opposite the other; but he ac did not cut the birds. 11 The birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away. 12 Now when the sun was going down, ad a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold ▼
▼ Or a terror of great darknessterror and great darkness fell upon him. 13 God said to Abram, “Know for certain that af your ▼ descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs ▼
▼ Lit and shall serve them; and they shall afflict themwhere ai they will be enslaved and oppressed aj four hundred years. 14 “But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out ak with ▼
▼ Lit greatmany possessions. 15 “As for you, am you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age. 16 “Then in an the fourth generation they will return here, for ao the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.” 17 It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which ap passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, aq “To your ▼ descendants I have given this land,
From as the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:
19 at the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite 20 and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim 21 and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.”
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