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