Genesis 15

Abram Promised a Son

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 reward
Your e reward shall be very great.”

Abram said, “O Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God, what will You give me, since I
Lit go
am childless, and the
Lit son of acquisition
heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”
And Abram said
Lit Behold
Since You have given no
Lit seed
offspring to me,
Lit and behold, a son of
one l born in my house is my heir.”
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 parts
body, he shall be your heir.”
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
Lit seed
descendants be.”
r Then he believed in the  Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. 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 inherit
possess it.”
He said, “O Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God w how may I know that I will
Or inherit
possess it?”
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 took
brought all these to Him and aa cut them
Lit in the midst
in 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 darkness
terror and great darkness fell upon him.
13 God said to Abram, “Know for certain that af your
Lit seed
descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs
Lit and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them
where 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 great
many 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
Lit seed
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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