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Genesis 15:1-11 (New International Version)

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God's Covenant With Abram

1 After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram1 in a vision:2 "Do not be afraid,3 Abram. I am your shield,a4 your very great reward.b5" 2 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD,6 what can you give me since I remain childless7 and the one who will inheritc my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?8" 3 And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant9 in my household10 will be my heir." 4 Then the word of the LORD came to him: "This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.11" 5 He took him outside and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars12--if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."13 6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.14 7 He also said to him, "I am the LORD, who brought you out15 of Ur of the Chaldeans16 to give you this land to take possession of it."17 8 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD,18 how can I know19 that I will gain possession of it?"20 9 So the LORD said to him, "Bring me a heifer,21 a goat and a ram, each three years old,22 along with a dove and a young pigeon.23" 10 Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other;24 the birds, however, he did not cut in half.25 11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses,26 but Abram drove them away.
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