Bible: Genesis 15:2-21

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 

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