Bible: Gen 15:8-21

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 

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