Some time later the word of ADONAI came to Avram in a vision: "Don't be afraid, Avram. I am your protector; your reward will be very great."
Avram replied, "ADONAI, God, what good will your gifts be to me if I continue childless; and Eli'ezer from Dammesek inherits my possessions?
You haven't given me a child," Avram continued, "so someone born in my house will be my heir."
But the word of ADONAI came to him: "This man will not be your heir. No, your heir will be a child from your own body."
Then he brought him outside and said, "Look up at the sky, and count the stars - if you can count them! Your descendants will be that many!"
He believed in ADONAI, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Then he said to him, "I am ADONAI, who brought you out from Ur-Kasdim to give you this land as your possession."