Genesis 15 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 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." 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 Abram asked, "Almighty LORD, what will you give me? Since I'm going to die without children, Eliezer of Damascus will inherit my household. 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 have given me no children, so this member 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 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." 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 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!" 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 Then Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD regarded that faith to be his approval of Abram. 6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
7 Then the LORD said to him, "I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land so that you will take possession of it." 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 Abram asked, "Almighty LORD, how can I be certain that I will take possession of it?" 8 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?"
9 He answered Abram, "Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a mourning dove, and a 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 So Abram brought all these animals to him. He cut each of them in half and laid each half opposite the other. However, he did not 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 When birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away. 11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.
12 As the sun was just about to set, a deep sleep--a dreadful, deep darkness--came over Abram. 12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.
13 God said to Abram, "You can know for sure that your descendants will live in a land that is not their own, where they will be slaves, and they will be oppressed for 400 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 punish the nation they serve, and after that they will come out with many possessions. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.
15 But you will die in peace and be buried at a very old age. 15 You, however, will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a good old age.
16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, because the sin of the Amorites will not have run its course 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 The sun had gone down, and it was dark. Suddenly a smoking oven and a flaming torch passed between the animal pieces. 17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.
18 At that time the LORD made a promise to Abram. He said, "I will give this land to your descendants. This is the land from the river of Egypt to the great river, the 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 It is the land of 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."