Genesis 15 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 After these events, the LORD's word came to Abram in a vision, "Don't be afraid, Abram. I am your protector. Your reward will be very great." 1 After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward."
2 But Abram said, "LORD God, what can you possibly give me, since I still have no children? The head of my household is Eliezer, a man from Damascus." 2 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?"
3 He continued, "Since you haven't given me any children, the head of my household will be my heir." 3 And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir."
4 The LORD's word came immediately to him, "This man will not be your heir. Your heir will definitely be your very own biological child." 4 Then the word of the LORD came to him: "This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir."
5 Then he brought Abram outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars if you think you can count them. He continued, "This is how many children you will have." 5 He took him outside and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars--if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
6 Abram trusted the LORD, and the LORD recognized Abram's high moral character. 6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
7 He said to Abram, "I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession." 7 He also said to him, "I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it."
8 But Abram said, "LORD God, how do I know that I will actually possess it?" 8 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?"
9 He said, "Bring me a three-year-old female calf, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a dove, and a young pigeon." 9 So the LORD said to him, "Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon."
10 He took all of these animals, split them in half, and laid the halves facing each other, but he didn't split the birds. 10 Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half.
11 When vultures swooped down on the carcasses, Abram waved them off. 11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.
12 After the sun set, Abram slept deeply. A terrifying and deep darkness settled over him. 12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.
13 Then the LORD said to Abram, "Have no doubt that your descendants will live as immigrants in a land that isn't their own, where they will be oppressed slaves for four hundred years. 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 enslaved and mistreated four hundred years.
14 But after I punish the nation they serve, they will leave it with great wealth. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.
15 As for you, you will join your ancestors in peace and be buried after a good long life. 15 You, however, will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a good old age.
16 The fourth generation will return here since the Amorites' wrongdoing won't have reached its peak until then." 16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure."
17 After the sun had set and darkness had deepened, a smoking vessel with a fiery flame passed between the split-open animals. 17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.
18 That day the LORD cut a covenant with Abram: "To your descendants I give this land, from Egypt's river to the great Euphrates, 18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates--
19 together with the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,
20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,
21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites." 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites."