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Genesis 15:3-13 (New International Version)

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3 And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant1 in my household2 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.3" 5 He took him outside and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars4--if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."5 6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.6 7 He also said to him, "I am the LORD, who brought you out7 of Ur of the Chaldeans8 to give you this land to take possession of it."9 8 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD,10 how can I know11 that I will gain possession of it?"12 9 So the LORD said to him, "Bring me a heifer,13 a goat and a ram, each three years old,14 along with a dove and a young pigeon.15" 10 Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other;16 the birds, however, he did not cut in half.17 11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses,18 but Abram drove them away. 12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep,19 and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. 13 Then the LORD said to him, "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved20 and mistreated four hundred years.21
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