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Genesis 15 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The LORD’s Covenant Promise to Abram
(Heb 11:8–10 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:1 - Some time later, the LORD spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:2 - But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:3 - You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:4 - Then the LORD said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:5 - Then the LORD took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:6 - And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:7 - Then the LORD told him, “I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:8 - But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, how can I be sure that I will actually possess it?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:9 - The LORD told him, “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:10 - So Abram presented all these to him and killed them. Then he cut each animal down the middle and laid the halves side by side; he did not, however, cut the birds in half.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:11 - Some vultures swooped down to eat the carcasses, but Abram chased them away.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:12 - As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a terrifying darkness came down over him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:13 - Then the LORD said to Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:14 - But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:15 - (As for you, you will die in peace and be buried at a ripe old age.)
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:16 - After four generations your descendants will return here to this land, for the sins of the Amorites do not yet warrant their destruction.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:17 - After the sun went down and darkness fell, Abram saw a smoking firepot and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:18 - So the LORD made a covenant with Abram that day and said, “I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt[fn] to the great Euphrates River—
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:19 - the land now occupied by the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:20 - Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 15:21 - Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew the river of Egypt, referring either to an eastern branch of the Nile River or to the Brook of Egypt in the Sinai (see Num 34:5).

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