The Obedience of Abram
12:1 Now the Lord said 1 to Abram, 2
“Go out 3 from your country, your relatives, and your father’s household
to the land that I will show you. 4
12:2 Then I will make you 5 into a great nation, and I will bless you, 6
and I will make your name great, 7
so that you will exemplify divine blessing. 8
12:3 I will bless those who bless you, 9
but the one who treats you lightly 10 I must curse,
and all the families of the earth will bless one another 11 by your name.”
12:4 So Abram left, 12 just as the Lord had told him to do, 13 and Lot went with him. (Now 14 Abram was 75 years old 15 when he departed from Haran.) 12:5 And Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew 16 Lot, and all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired 17 in Haran, and they left for 18 the land of Canaan. They entered the land of Canaan.
12:6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the oak tree 19 of Moreh 20 at Shechem. 21 (At that time the Canaanites were in the land.) 22 12:7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants 23 I will give this land.” So Abram 24 built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
13:14 After Lot had departed, the Lord said to Abram, 1 “Look 2 from the place where you stand to the north, south, east, and west. 13:15 I will give all the land that you see to you and your descendants 3 forever. 13:16 And I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone is able to count the dust of the earth, then your descendants also can be counted. 4 13:17 Get up and 5 walk throughout 6 the land, 7 for I will give it to you.”
15:7 The Lord said 1 to him, “I am the Lord 2 who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans 3 to give you this land to possess.” 15:8 But 4 Abram 5 said, “O sovereign Lord, 6 by what 7 can I know that I am to possess it?”
15:9 The Lord 8 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 9 took all these for him and then cut them in two 10 and placed each half opposite the other, 11 but he did not cut the birds in half. 15:11 When birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
15:12 When the sun went down, Abram fell sound asleep, 12 and great terror overwhelmed him. 13 15:13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain 14 that your descendants will be strangers 15 in a foreign country. 16 They will be enslaved and oppressed 17 for four hundred years. 15:14 But I will execute judgment on the nation that they will serve. 18 Afterward they will come out with many possessions. 15:15 But as for you, 19 you will go to your ancestors 20 in peace and be buried at a good old age. 21 15:16 In the fourth generation 22 your descendants 23 will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit.” 24
15:17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking firepot with a flaming torch 25 passed between the animal parts. 26 15:18 That day the Lord made a covenant 27 with Abram: “To your descendants I give 28 this land, from the river of Egypt 29 to the great river, the Euphrates River – 15:19 the land 30 of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 15:20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 15:21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.” 31
The Sign of the Covenant
17:1 When Abram was 99 years old, 1 the Lord appeared to him and said, 2 “I am the sovereign God. 3 Walk 4 before me 5 and be blameless. 6 17:2 Then I will confirm my covenant 7 between me and you, and I will give you a multitude of descendants.” 8
17:3 Abram bowed down with his face to the ground, 9 and God said to him, 10 17:4 “As for me, 11 this 12 is my covenant with you: You will be the father of a multitude of nations. 17:5 No longer will your name be 13 Abram. Instead, your name will be Abraham 14 because I will make you 15 the father of a multitude of nations. 17:6 I will make you 16 extremely 17 fruitful. I will make nations of you, and kings will descend from you. 18 17:7 I will confirm 19 my covenant as a perpetual 20 covenant between me and you. It will extend to your descendants after you throughout their generations. I will be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 21 17:8 I will give the whole land of Canaan – the land where you are now residing 22 – to you and your descendants after you as a permanent 23 possession. I will be their God.”