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 Genesis 15
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Abram Promised a Son

1 After these things the R368 word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do R369 not fear, Abram, I am a R370 shield to you; Your F232 reward R371 shall be very great." 2 Abram said, "O Lord GOD F233 , what will You give me, since I am F234 childless, and the heir F235 of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" 3 And Abram said, "Since F236 You have given no offspring F237 to me, one F238 born R372 in my house is my heir." 4 Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "This man will not be your heir; but R373 one who will come forth from your own body, F239 he shall be your heir." 5 And He took him outside and said, "Now look toward the heavens, and count R374 the stars, if you are able to count them." And He said to him, "So R375 shall your descendants F240 be." 6 Then R376 he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. 7 And He said to him, "I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur R377 of the Chaldeans, to give R378 you this land to possess F241 it." 8 He said, "O Lord GOD F242 , how R379 may I know that I will possess F243 it?" 9 So He said to him, "Bring F244 Me a three year old heifer, and a three year old female goat, and a three year old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon." 10 Then he brought F245 all these to Him and cut R380 them in F246 two, and laid each half opposite the other; but he did R381 not cut the birds. 11 The birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.

12 Now when the sun was going down, a R382 deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, terror F247 and great darkness fell upon him. 13 God said to Abram, "Know for certain that your R383 descendants F248 will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where F249 they R384 will be enslaved and oppressed four R385 hundred years. 14 "But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with R386 many F250 possessions. 15 "As for you, you R387 shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age. 16 "Then in the R388 fourth generation they will return here, for the R389 iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete."

17 It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed R390 between these pieces. 18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To R391 your descendants F251 I have given this land, From the R392 river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 the R393 Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite 20 and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim 21 and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite."

F232: Or Your very great reward
F233: Hebrew YHWH, usually rendered L\ORD/
F234: Lit go
F235: Lit son of acquisition
F236: Lit Behold
F237: Lit seed
F238: Lit and behold, a son of
F239: Lit inward parts
F240: Lit seed
F241: Or inherit
F242: Hebrew YHWH, usually rendered L\ORD/
F243: Or inherit
F244: Lit Take
F245: Lit took
F246: Lit in the midst
F247: Or a terror of great darkness
F248: Lit seed
F249: Lit and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them
F250: Lit great
F251: Lit seed

R368: Genesis 15:4; 46:2; 1 Samuel 15:10
R369: Genesis 21:17; 26:24; Isaiah 41:10
R370: Deuteronomy 33:29
R371: Numbers 18:20; Psalms 58:11
R372: Genesis 14:14
R373: Galatians 4:28
R374: Genesis 22:17; 26:4; Deuteronomy 1:10
R375: Exodus 32:13; Romans 4:18; Hebrews 11:12
R376: Romans 4:3,20-22; Galatians 3:6; James 2:23
R377: Genesis 11:31
R378: Genesis 13:15,17
R379: Judges 6:36-40; Luke 1:18
R380: Genesis 15:17
R381: Leviticus 1:17
R382: Genesis 2:21; 28:11; Job 1:33:15
R383: Acts 7:6,17
R384: Exodus 1:11; Deuteronomy 5:15
R385: Exodus 12:40; Galatians 3:17
R386: Exodus 12:32-38
R387: Genesis 25:8; 47:30
R388: Genesis 15:13
R389: Leviticus 18:24-28
R390: Jeremiah 34:18,19
R391: Genesis 17:8; Joshua 21:43; Acts 7:5
R392: Exodus 23:31; Numbers 34:1-15; Deuteronomy 1:7,8
R393: Exodus 3:17; 23:28; Joshua 24:11; Nehemiah 9:8


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