Genesis 15

God's Covenant with Abram

1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram a in a vision, saying, b "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your c shield, 1 your exceedingly d great reward." 2 e But Abram said, "Lord GOD, what will You give me, f seeing I 2 go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" 3 Then Abram said, "Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed g one 3 born in my house is my heir!" 4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but one who h will come from your own body shall be your heir." 5 Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and i count the j stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, k "So shall your l descendants be." 6 And he m believed in the LORD, and He n accounted it to him for righteousness.

7 Then He said to him, "I am the LORD, who o brought you out of p Ur of the Chaldeans, q to give you this land to inherit it." 8 And he said, "Lord GOD, r how shall I know that I will inherit it?" 9 So He said to him, "Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon." 10 Then he brought all these to Him and s cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut t the birds in two. 11 And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

12 Now when the sun was going down, u a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then He said to Abram: "Know certainly v that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and w they will afflict them four hundred years. 14 "And also the nation whom they serve x I will judge; afterward y they shall come out with great possessions. 15 "Now as for you, z you shall 4 go a to your fathers in peace; b you shall be buried at a good old age. 16 "But c in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity d of the Amorites e is not yet complete."

17 And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that f passed between those pieces. 18 On the same day the LORD g made a covenant with Abram, saying:
h "To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates -
19 "the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, 20 "the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 "the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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