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Yahweh Cuts a Covenant with Abram

15 After these things (A)the word of Yahweh came to Abram in a vision, saying,

(B)Do not fear, Abram,
I am (C)a shield to you;
[a]Your (D)reward shall be very great.”

And Abram said, “O Lord Yahweh, what will You give me, as I go on being childless, and the [b]heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “[c]Since You have given no seed to me, behold, [d]one (E)born in my house is my heir.” Then behold, the word of Yahweh came to him, saying, “This one will not be your heir; (F)but one who will come forth from your own [e]body, he shall be your heir.” And He brought him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and (G)number the stars, if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “(H)So shall your seed be.” (I)Then he believed in Yahweh; and He counted it to him as righteousness. And He said to him, “I am Yahweh who brought you out of (J)Ur of the Chaldeans, to (K)give you this land to [f]possess it.” And he said, “O Lord Yahweh, (L)how may I know that I will [g]possess it?” So He said to him, “[h]Bring Me a three year old heifer, and a three year old female goat, and a three year old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he [i]brought all these to Him and (M)split them into parts [j]down the middle and laid each part opposite the other; but he (N)did not split apart the birds. 11 Then the birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.

12 Now it happened that when the sun was going down, (O)a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, [k]terror and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then God said to Abram, “Know for certain that (P)your seed will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs, [l]and (Q)they will be enslaved and mistreated (R)four hundred years. 14 But I will also judge the nation to whom they are enslaved, and afterward they will come out (S)with [m]many possessions. 15 As for you, (T)you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age. 16 Then in (U)the fourth generation they will return here, for (V)the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.”

17 Now it happened that the sun had set, and it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which (W)passed between these pieces. 18 On that day Yahweh cut a covenant with Abram, saying,

(X)To your seed I have given this land,
From (Y)the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:

19 (Z)the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite 20 and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim 21 and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.”


  1. Genesis 15:1 Or Your very great reward
  2. Genesis 15:2 Lit son of acquisition
  3. Genesis 15:3 Lit Behold
  4. Genesis 15:3 Lit a son of
  5. Genesis 15:4 Lit inward parts
  6. Genesis 15:7 Or inherit
  7. Genesis 15:8 Or inherit
  8. Genesis 15:9 Lit Take
  9. Genesis 15:10 Lit took
  10. Genesis 15:10 Lit in the midst
  11. Genesis 15:12 Or a terror of great darkness
  12. Genesis 15:13 Lit and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them
  13. Genesis 15:14 Lit great