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?
15:4 But look, 1 the word of the Lord came to him: “This man 2 will not be your heir, 3 but instead 4 a son 5 who comes from your own body will be 6 your heir.” 7 15:5 The Lord 8 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 9 the Lord, and the Lord 10 considered his response of faith 11 as proof of genuine loyalty. 12
15:7 The Lord said 13 to him, “I am the Lord 14 who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans 15 to give you this land to possess.” 15:8 But 16 Abram 17 said, “O sovereign Lord, 18 by what 19 can I know that I am to possess it?”
15:9 The Lord 20 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 21 took all these for him and then cut them in two 22 and placed each half opposite the other, 23 but he did not cut the birds in half. 15:11 When birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.