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"
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"
And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant9 in my household10 will be my heir."
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"
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."136
Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.14