But Abram asked, "Sovereign Lord, how can I know that it will be mine?"
He answered, "Bring me a cow, a goat, and a ram, each of them three years old, and a dove and a pigeon."
Abram brought the animals to God, cut them in half, and placed the halves opposite each other in two rows; but he did not cut up the birds.
Vultures came down on the bodies, but Abram drove them off.
When the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and fear and terror came over him. 1
References for Genesis 15:12
15.12 Job 4.13, 14.
The Lord said to him, "Your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land; they will be slaves there and will be treated cruelly for four hundred years. 2
References for Genesis 15:13
15.13 Ex 1.1-14; Ac 7.6.
But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and when they leave that foreign land, they will take great wealth with them. 3
References for Genesis 15:14
15.14 Ex 12.40, 41; Ac 7.7.
You yourself will live to a ripe old age, die in peace, and be buried.
It will be four generations before your descendants come back here, because I will not drive out the Amorites until they become so wicked that they must be punished."
When the sun had set and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch suddenly appeared and passed between the pieces of the animals.
Then and there the Lord made a covenant with Abram. He said, "I promise to give your descendants all this land from the border of Egypt to the Euphrates River, 4
References for Genesis 15:18