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The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis

Genesis 15

A Son Promised to Abram
1  After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
2  And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eli-e’zer of Damascus?
3  And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
4  And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
5  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. Rom. 4.18 · Heb. 11.12
6  And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Rom. 4.3 · Gal. 3.6 · Jas. 2.23
7  ¶ And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.
8  And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
9  And he said unto him, Take me a heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
10  And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
11  And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
12  ¶ And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him.
13  And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; Ex. 1.1-14 · Acts 7.6
14  and also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. Ex. 12.40, 41 · Acts 7.7
15  And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
16  But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
17  ¶ And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
18  In that same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, Acts 7.5 from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphra’tes:
19  the Kenites, and the Ken’izzites, and the Kad’monites,
20  and the Hittites, and the Per’izzites, and the Reph’a-im,
21  and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Gir’gashites, and the Jeb’usites.

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