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Genesis 15 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Lord’s Covenant With Abram

(Heb 11:8–10 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:1 - 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]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:2 - 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?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:3 - And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:4 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:5 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:6 - Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:7 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:8 - But Abram said, “Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:9 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:10 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:11 - Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:12 - As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:13 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:14 - But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:15 - You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:16 - In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:17 - When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:18 - 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—
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:19 - the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:20 - Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:21 - Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”
NIV Footnotes
Or sovereign
Or shield; / your reward will be very great
The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
Or seed
Or river

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