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Genesis 15 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 After all these things, this word of God came to Abram in a vision: "Don't be afraid, Abram. I'm your shield. Your reward will be grand!" 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 said, "God, Master, what use are your gifts as long as I'm childless and Eliezer of Damascus is going to inherit everything?" 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 Abram continued, "See, you've given me no children, and now a mere house servant is going to get it all." 3 And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir."
4 Then God's Message came: "Don't worry, he won't be your heir; a son from your body 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 Then he took him outside and said, "Look at the sky. Count the stars. Can you do it? Count your descendants! You're going to have a big family, Abram!" 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 And he believed! Believed God! God declared him "Set-Right-with-God." 6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
7 God continued, "I'm the same God who brought you from Ur of the Chaldees and gave you this land to own." 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 said, "Master God, how am I to know this, that it will all be mine?" 8 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?"
9 God said, "Bring me a heifer, a goat, and a ram, each three years old, and 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 all these animals to him, split them down the middle, and laid the halves opposite 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 Vultures swooped down on the carcasses, but Abram scared them off. 11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.
12 As the sun went down a deep sleep overcame Abram and then a sense of dread, dark and heavy. 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, "Know this: your descendants will live as outsiders in a land not theirs; they'll be enslaved and beaten down 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 Then I'll punish their slave masters; your offspring will march out of there loaded with plunder. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.
15 But not you; you'll have a long and full life and die a good and peaceful death. 15 You, however, will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a good old age.
16 Not until the fourth generation will your descendants return here; sin is still a thriving business among the Amorites." 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 When the sun was down and it was dark, a smoking firepot and a flaming torch moved between the split carcasses. 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'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 - 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 country of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,
20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaim, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,
21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites." 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites."