Genesis 15:8-18 NIV

8 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD,1 how can I know2 that I will gain possession of it?"3

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      9 So the LORD said to him, "Bring me a heifer,4 a goat and a ram, each three years old,5 along with a dove and a young pigeon.6"

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      10 Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other;7 the birds, however, he did not cut in half.8

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      11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses,9 but Abram drove them away.

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      12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep,10 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 enslaved11 and mistreated four hundred years.12

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      14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out13 with great possessions.14

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      15 You, however, will go to your fathers15 in peace and be buried at a good old age.16
      16 In the fourth generation17 your descendants will come back here,18 for the sin of the Amorites19 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 torch20 appeared and passed between the pieces.21

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      18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram22 and said, "To your descendants I give this land,23 from the rivera of Egypt24 to the great river, the Euphrates25--