He also said to him, "I am the LORD, who brought you out1 of Ur of the Chaldeans2 to give you this land to take possession of it."38
But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD,4 how can I know5 that I will gain possession of it?"69
So the LORD said to him, "Bring me a heifer,7 a goat and a ram, each three years old,8 along with a dove and a young pigeon.9"
Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other;10 the birds, however, he did not cut in half.1111
Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses,12 but Abram drove them away.
As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep,13 and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.
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 enslaved14 and mistreated four hundred years.1514
But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out16 with great possessions.1715
You, however, will go to your fathers18 in peace and be buried at a good old age.1916
In the fourth generation20 your descendants will come back here,21 for the sin of the Amorites22 has not yet reached its full measure."
When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch23 appeared and passed between the pieces.2418
On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram25 and said, "To your descendants I give this land,26 from the rivera of Egypt27 to the great river, the Euphrates28--
the land of the Kenites,29 Kenizzites, Kadmonites,
Hittites,30 Perizzites,31 Rephaites,3221
Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites."33