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Genesis 15

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15:1 After these things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Have no fear, Abram: I will keep you safe, and great will be your reward.

15:2 And Abram said, What will you give me? for I have no child and this Eliezer of Damascus will have all my wealth after me.

15:3 And Abram said, You have given me no child, and a servant in my house will get the heritage.

15:4 Then said the Lord, This man will not get the heritage, but a son of your body will have your property after you.

15:5 And he took him out into the open air, and said to him, Let your eyes be lifted to heaven, and see if the stars may be numbered; even so will your seed be.

15:6 And he had faith in the Lord, and it was put to his account as righteousness.

15:7 And he said to him, I am the Lord, who took you from Ur of the Chaldees, to give you this land for your heritage.

15:8 And he said, O Lord God, how may I be certain that it will be mine?

15:9 And he said, Take a young cow of three years old, and a she-goat of three years old, and a sheep of three years old, and a dove and a young pigeon.

15:10 All these he took, cutting them in two and putting one half opposite the other, but not cutting the birds in two.

15:11 And evil birds came down on the bodies, but Abram sent them away.

15:12 Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep came on Abram, and a dark cloud of fear.

15:13 And he said to Abram, Truly, your seed will be living in a land which is not theirs, as servants to a people who will be cruel to them for four hundred years;

15:14 But I will be the judge of that nation whose servants they are, and they will come out from among them with great wealth.

15:15 As for you, you will go to your fathers in peace; at the end of a long life you will be put in your last resting-place.

15:16 And in the fourth generation they will come back here; for at present the sin of the Amorite is not full.

15:17 Then when the sun went down and it was dark, he saw a smoking fire and a flaming light which went between the parts of the bodies.

15:18 In that day the Lord made an agreement with Abram, and said, To your seed have I given this land from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates:

15:19 The Kenite, the Kenizzite, and the Kadmonite,

15:20 And the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Rephaim,

15:21 And the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Girgashite, and the Jebusite.