Genesis 15 – New International Version (NIV)
The Lord’s Covenant With Abram
- After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield,[a] your very great reward.[b]”
- But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit[c] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”
- And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
- Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.”
- He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[d] be.”
- Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
- He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.”
- But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”
- So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.”
- Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half.
- Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.
- As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.
- Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there.
- But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.
- You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age.
- In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”
- When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.
- On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi[e] of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates—
- the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,
- Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,
- Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”
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Genesis 15 – King James Version (KJV)
- After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
- And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
- And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
- And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
- And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
- And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
- And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.
- And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
- And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
- And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
- And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.
- And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
- And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
- And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
- And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
- But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
- And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
- In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
- The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
- And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
- And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.