15:8 But 1 Abram 2 said, “O sovereign Lord, 3 by what 4 can I know that I am to possess it?”
15:9 The Lord 5 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 6 took all these for him and then cut them in two 7 and placed each half opposite the other, 8 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, 9 and great terror overwhelmed him. 10 15:13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain 11 that your descendants will be strangers 12 in a foreign country. 13 They will be enslaved and oppressed 14 for four hundred years. 15:14 But I will execute judgment on the nation that they will serve. 15 Afterward they will come out with many possessions. 15:15 But as for you, 16 you will go to your ancestors 17 in peace and be buried at a good old age. 18 15:16 In the fourth generation 19 your descendants 20 will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit.” 21
15:17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking firepot with a flaming torch 22 passed between the animal parts. 23 15:18 That day the Lord made a covenant 24 with Abram: “To your descendants I give 25 this land, from the river of Egypt 26 to the great river, the Euphrates River – 15:19 the land 27 of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 15:20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 15:21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.” 28