15:2 But Abram said, “O sovereign Lord, 1 what will you give me since 2 I continue to be 3 childless, and my heir 4 is 5 Eliezer of Damascus?” 6 15:3 Abram added, 7 “Since 8 you have not given me a descendant, then look, one born in my house will be my heir!” 9
15:4 But look, 10 the word of the Lord came to him: “This man 11 will not be your heir, 12 but instead 13 a son 14 who comes from your own body will be 15 your heir.” 16 15:5 The Lord 17 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 18 the Lord, and the Lord 19 considered his response of faith 20 as proof of genuine loyalty. 21
15:7 The Lord said 22 to him, “I am the Lord 23 who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans 24 to give you this land to possess.” 15:8 But 25 Abram 26 said, “O sovereign Lord, 27 by what 28 can I know that I am to possess it?”
15:9 The Lord 29 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 30 took all these for him and then cut them in two 31 and placed each half opposite the other, 32 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, 33 and great terror overwhelmed him. 34 15:13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain 35 that your descendants will be strangers 36 in a foreign country. 37 They will be enslaved and oppressed 38 for four hundred years. 15:14 But I will execute judgment on the nation that they will serve. 39 Afterward they will come out with many possessions. 15:15 But as for you, 40 you will go to your ancestors 41 in peace and be buried at a good old age. 42 15:16 In the fourth generation 43 your descendants 44 will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit.” 45
15:17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking firepot with a flaming torch 46 passed between the animal parts. 47 15:18 That day the Lord made a covenant 48 with Abram: “To your descendants I give 49 this land, from the river of Egypt 50 to the great river, the Euphrates River – 15:19 the land 51 of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 15:20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 15:21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.” 52