these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding
2And Abram said, LORD God, what
wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
3And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my
house is mine heir.
4And, 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.
5And 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
6And he believed in the LORD; and he counted
it to him for righteousness.
7And 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.
8And he said, LORD God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
9And he said unto him, Take me an 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.
10And 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.
when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.
12And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness
fell upon him.
13And 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;
14And also that nation,
whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
15And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old
16But in the fourth generation they shall
come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
17And 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.
the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto
the great river, the river Euphrates:
Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.