1Afterthesethings1the word of the LORDcame to Abram in a vision, saying, "2Do not fear, Abram, I am 3a shield to you; aYour 4reward shall be verygreat."
2Abramsaid, "O LordbGOD, what will You give me, since I camchildless, and the dheir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?"
And Abramsaid, "eSince You have givennofoffspring to me, gone5born in my house is my heir."
Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "This man will not be your heir; 6but one who will comeforth from your own hbody, he shall be your heir."
And He took him outside and said, "Nowlook toward the heavens, and 7count the stars, if you are able to count them." And He said to him, "8So shall your idescendants be."
69Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.
And He said to him, "I am the LORDwhobrought you out of 10Ur of the Chaldeans, to 11give you thisland to jpossess it."
He said, "O LordkGOD, 12how may I know that I will lpossess it?"
So He said to him, "mBring Me a threeyearoldheifer, and a threeyearoldfemalegoat, and a threeyearoldram, and a turtledove, and a youngpigeon."
Then he nbroughtallthese to Him and 13cut them oin two, and laideachhalfopposite the other; but he 14did not cut the birds.
The birds of preycamedown upon the carcasses, and Abramdrove them away.
Now when the sun was going down, 15a deepsleepfell upon Abram; and behold, pterror and greatdarknessfell upon him.
God said to Abram, "Know for certain that 16your qdescendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, rwhere 17they will be enslaved and oppressed18fourhundredyears.
"But I will alsojudge the nationwhom they will serve, and afterward they will come out 19with smanypossessions.
"As for you, 20you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a goodoldage.
"Then in 21the fourthgeneration they will returnhere, for 22the iniquity of the Amorite is not yetcomplete."
It came about when the sun had set, that it was verydark, and behold, there appeared a smokingoven and a flamingtorchwhich23passedbetweenthesepieces.
On that day the LORDmade a covenant with Abram, saying, "24To your tdescendants I have giventhisland, From 25the river of Egypt as far as the greatriver, the riverEuphrates:
1926the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite20
and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim21
and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite."