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Genesis 15 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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God’s Covenant with Abram

(Heb 11:8–10 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:1 - After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:2 - But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue[fn] childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:3 - And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:4 - And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son[fn] shall be your heir.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:5 - And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:6 - And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:7 - And he said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:8 - But he said, “O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:9 - He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:10 - And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But he did not cut the birds in half.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:11 - And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:12 - As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:13 - Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:14 - But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:15 - As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:16 - And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:17 - When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:18 - On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give[fn] this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:19 - the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:20 - the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:21 - the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”
ESV Footnotes
Or I shall die
Hebrew what will come out of your own loins
Or have given

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