Genesis 15:3-13 NIV

3 And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant1 in my household2 will be my heir."

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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"

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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

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6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.6

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      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

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      8 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD,10 how can I know11 that I will gain possession of it?"12

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          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"

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          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

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          11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses,18 but Abram drove them away.

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          12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep,19 and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.

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          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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