Bible: Genesis 15:9-21

15:9 The Lord 1  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 2  took all these for him and then cut them in two 3  and placed each half opposite the other, 4  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, 5  and great terror overwhelmed him. 6  15:13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain 7  that your descendants will be strangers 8  in a foreign country. 9  They will be enslaved and oppressed 10  for four hundred years. 15:14 But I will execute judgment on the nation that they will serve. 11  Afterward they will come out with many possessions. 15:15 But as for you, 12  you will go to your ancestors 13  in peace and be buried at a good old age. 14  15:16 In the fourth generation 15  your descendants 16  will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit.” 17 

15:17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking firepot with a flaming torch 18  passed between the animal parts. 19  15:18 That day the Lord made a covenant 20  with Abram: “To your descendants I give 21  this land, from the river of Egypt 22  to the great river, the Euphrates River 15:19 the land 23  of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 15:20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 15:21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.” 24 

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