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.
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But Abram said, "Lord God , what can You give me, since I am childless and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?"
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Abram continued, "Look, You have given me no offspring, so a slave born in my house will be my heir."
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Now the word of the Lord came to him: "This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own body will be your heir."
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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]."
Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.
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He also said to him, "I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess."
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But he said, "Lord God , how can I know that I will possess it?"
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."
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.