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Genesis 15 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Some time later the word of ADONAI came to Avram in a vision: "Don't be afraid, Avram. 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 Avram replied, "ADONAI, God, what good will your gifts be to me if I continue childless; and Eli'ezer from Dammesek inherits my possessions? 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 You haven't given me a child," Avram continued, "so someone born in my house 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 But the word of ADONAI came to him: "This man will not be your heir. No, your heir will be a child from your own body." 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 him outside and said, "Look up at the sky, and count the stars - if you can count them! Your descendants will be that many!" 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 He believed in ADONAI, and he credited it to him as righteousness. 6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
7 Then he said to him, "I am ADONAI, who brought you out from Ur-Kasdim 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 He replied, "ADONAI, God, how am I to know that I will possess it?" 8 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?"
9 He answered him, "Bring me a three-year-old cow, 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 brought him all these, cut the animals in two and placed the pieces opposite each other; but he didn't cut the birds in half. 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 Birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses, but Avram drove them away. 11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.
12 As the sun was about to set, a deep sleep fell on Avram; horror and great darkness came over him. 12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.
13 ADONAI said to Avram, "Know this for certain: your descendants will be foreigners in a land that is not theirs. They will be slaves and held in oppression there 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 I will also judge that nation, the one that makes them slaves. Afterwards, they will leave with many possessions. 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 at a good old age. 15 You, however, will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a good old age.
16 Only in the fourth generation will your descendants come back here, because only then will the Emori be ripe for punishment." 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 there was thick darkness, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch appeared, which passed between these animal parts. 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 ADONAI made a covenant with Avram: "I have given this land to your descendants - from the Vadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River - 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 the territory of the Keni, the K'nizi, the Kadmoni, 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,
20 the Hitti, the P'rizi, the Refa'im, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,
21 the Emori, the Kena'ani, the Girgashi and the Y'vusi." 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites."