He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars(A)—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[a] be.”(B)

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  1. Genesis 15:5 Or seed

Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.(A)

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Then an Israelite man brought into the camp a Midianite(A) woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping(B) at the entrance to the tent of meeting. When Phinehas(C) son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear(D) in his hand and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear into both of them, right through the Israelite man and into the woman’s stomach. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped;(E) but those who died in the plague(F) numbered 24,000.(G)

10 The Lord said to Moses, 11 “Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites.(H) Since he was as zealous for my honor(I) among them as I am, I did not put an end to them in my zeal. 12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace(J) with him. 13 He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood,(K) because he was zealous(L) for the honor(M) of his God and made atonement(N) for the Israelites.”(O)

14 The name of the Israelite who was killed with the Midianite woman(P) was Zimri son of Salu, the leader of a Simeonite family.(Q) 15 And the name of the Midianite woman who was put to death was Kozbi(R) daughter of Zur, a tribal chief of a Midianite family.(S)

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