Genesis 15
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Abram Promised a Son

1After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying,

“Do not fear, Abram,

I am a shield to you;

[a]Your reward shall be very great.” 2But Abram said, “Lord [b]GOD, what will You give me, since I [c]am childless, and the [d]heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3Abram also said, “[e]Since You have given me no [f]son, [g]one who has been born in my house is my heir.” 4Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come from your own [h]body shall be your heir.” 5And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your [i]descendants be.” 6Then he believed in the LORD; and He [j]credited it to him as righteousness. 7And He said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to [k]possess it.” 8But he said, “Lord [l]GOD, how may I know that I will [m]possess it?” 9So He said to him, “[n]Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10Then he [o]brought all these to Him and cut them [p]in two, and laid each half opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds. 11And birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.

12Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, [q]terror and great darkness fell upon him. 13Then God said to Abram, “Know for certain that your [r]descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, [s]where they will be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. 14But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with [t]many possessions. 15As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age. 16Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the wrongdoing of the Amorite is not yet complete.”

17Now it came about, when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, a smoking oven and a flaming torch appeared which passed between these pieces. 18On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying,

“To your [u]descendants I have given this land,

From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates: 19the land of the Kenite, the Kenizzite, the Kadmonite, 20the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Rephaim, 21the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Girgashite, and the Jebusite.”

[a] 1 Or Your very great reward
[b] 2 Heb YHWH, usually rendered LORD
[c] 2 Lit go
[d] 2 Lit son of acquisition
[e] 3 Lit Behold
[f] 3 Lit seed
[g] 3 Lit then behold, a son of my
[h] 4 Lit inward parts
[i] 5 Lit seed
[j] 6 Or imputed
[k] 7 Or inherit
[l] 8 Heb YHWH, usually rendered LORD
[m] 8 Or inherit
[n] 9 Lit Take
[o] 10 Lit took
[p] 10 Lit in the midst
[q] 12 Or a terror of great darkness
[r] 13 Lit seed
[s] 13 Lit and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them
[t] 14 Lit great
[u] 18 Lit seed

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