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.