When Abram was 99 years old, the LORD appeared to him. He said to Abram, "I am God Almighty. Live in my presence with integrity.
I will give you my promise, and I will give you very many descendants."
Immediately, Abram bowed with his face touching the ground, and again God spoke to him,
"My promise is still with you. You will become the father of many nations.
So your name will no longer be Abram [Exalted Father], but Abraham [Father of Many] because I have made you a father of many nations.
I will give you many descendants. Many nations and kings will come from you.
I will make my promise to you and your descendants for generations to come as an everlasting promise. I will be your God and the God of your descendants.
I am also giving this land where you are living--all of Canaan--to you and your descendants as your permanent possession. And I will be your God."