The Rights of an Apostle
9:1 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
15:3 Abram added, 1 “Since 2 you have not given me a descendant, then look, one born in my house will be my heir!” 3
15:4 But look, 4 the word of the Lord came to him: “This man 5 will not be your heir, 6 but instead 7 a son 8 who comes from your own body will be 9 your heir.” 10 15:5 The Lord 11 took him outside and said, “Gaze into the sky and count the stars – if you are able to count them!” Then he said to him, “So will your descendants be.”
15:6 Abram believed 12 the Lord, and the Lord 13 considered his response of faith 14 as proof of genuine loyalty. 15
15:7 The Lord said 16 to him, “I am the Lord 17 who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans 18 to give you this land to possess.” 15:8 But 19 Abram 20 said, “O sovereign Lord, 21 by what 22 can I know that I am to possess it?”
15:9 The Lord 23 said to him, “Take for me a heifer, a goat, and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.” 15:10 So Abram 24 took all these for him and then cut them in two 25 and placed each half opposite the other, 26 but he did not cut the birds in half. 15:11 When birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.