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After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield,[fn] your very great reward.[fn]

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But Abram said, “Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit[fn] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”

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And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

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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.”

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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[fn] be.”

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Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

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But Abram said, “Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”

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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.”

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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.

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Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.

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You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age.

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In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”

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When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.

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On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi[fn] of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates—

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