Genesis 15:5-21 NIV

5 He took him outside and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars1--if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."2

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6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.3

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      7 He also said to him, "I am the LORD, who brought you out4 of Ur of the Chaldeans5 to give you this land to take possession of it."6

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      8 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD,7 how can I know8 that I will gain possession of it?"9

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          9 So the LORD said to him, "Bring me a heifer,10 a goat and a ram, each three years old,11 along with a dove and a young pigeon.12"

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          10 Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other;13 the birds, however, he did not cut in half.14

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          11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses,15 but Abram drove them away.

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          12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep,16 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 enslaved17 and mistreated four hundred years.18

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          14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out19 with great possessions.20

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          15 You, however, will go to your fathers21 in peace and be buried at a good old age.22
          16 In the fourth generation23 your descendants will come back here,24 for the sin of the Amorites25 has not yet reached its full measure."

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          17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch26 appeared and passed between the pieces.27

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          18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram28 and said, "To your descendants I give this land,29 from the rivera of Egypt30 to the great river, the Euphrates31--
          19 the land of the Kenites,32 Kenizzites, Kadmonites,

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          20 Hittites,33 Perizzites,34 Rephaites,35

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          21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites."36

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