Genesis 15:1-10 (Holman Christian Standard)

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The Abrahamic Covenant

1 After these events, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield; your reward will be very great. 2 But Abram said, "Lord God , what can You give me, since I am childless and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?"a 3 Abram continued, "Look, You have given me no offspring, so a slave born inb my house will be my heir." 4 Now the word of the Lord came to him: "This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own bodyc will be your heir." 5 He took him outside and said, "Look at the sky and count the stars, if you are able to count them." Then He said to him, "Your offspring will be that [numerous]." 6 Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.d 7 He also said to him, "I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess."e 8 But he said, "Lord God , how can I know that I will possess it?" 9 He said to him, "Bring Me a three-year-old cow, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon." 10 So he brought all these to Him, split them down the middle, and laid the pieces opposite each other, but he did not cut up the birds.
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