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10 So Abram[a] took all these for him and then cut them in two[b] and placed each half opposite the other,[c] but he did not cut the birds in half. 11 When birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

12 When the sun went down, Abram fell sound asleep,[d] and great terror overwhelmed him.[e]

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  1. Genesis 15:10 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Abram) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  2. Genesis 15:10 tn Heb “in the middle.”
  3. Genesis 15:10 tn Heb “to meet its neighbor.”sn For discussion of this ritual see G. F. Hasel, “The Meaning of the Animal Rite in Genesis 15, ” JSOT 19 (1981): 61-78.
  4. Genesis 15:12 tn Heb “a deep sleep fell on Abram.”
  5. Genesis 15:12 tn Heb “and look, terror, a great darkness was falling on him.”