Bible: Gen 15:7-21

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 

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