Later the LORD spoke his word to Abram in a vision. He said, "Abram, don't be afraid. I am your shield. Your reward will be very great."
Abram asked, "Almighty LORD, what will you give me? Since I'm going to die without children, Eliezer of Damascus will inherit my household.
You have given me no children, so this member of my household will be my heir."
Suddenly, the LORD spoke his word to Abram again. He said, "This man will not be your heir. Your own son will be your heir."
He took Abram outside and said, "Now look up at the sky and count the stars, if you are able to count them." He also said to him, "That's how many descendants you will have!"
Then Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD regarded that faith to be his approval of Abram.