God said to Abram, "Know this: your descendants will live as outsiders in a land not theirs; they'll be enslaved and beaten down for 400 years.
Then I'll punish their slave masters; your offspring will march out of there loaded with plunder.
But not you; you'll have a long and full life and die a good and peaceful death.
Not until the fourth generation will your descendants return here; sin is still a thriving business among the Amorites."
When the sun was down and it was dark, a smoking firepot and a flaming torch moved between the split carcasses.
That's when God made a covenant with Abram: "I'm giving this land to your children, from the Nile River in Egypt to the River Euphrates in Assyria -
the country of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,
Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaim,
Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)