(A)But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, (B)seeing I [a]go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed (C)one[b] born in my house is my heir!”

And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who (D)will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and (E)count the (F)stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, (G)“So shall your (H)descendants be.”

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  1. Genesis 15:2 am childless
  2. Genesis 15:3 a servant

13 Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly (A)that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and (B)they will afflict them four hundred years. 14 And also the nation whom they serve (C)I will judge; afterward (D)they shall come out with great possessions.

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16 But (A)in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity (B)of the Amorites (C)is not yet complete.”

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18 On the same day the Lord (A)made a covenant with Abram, saying:

(B)“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— 19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

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The Sign of the Covenant(A)

17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord (B)appeared to Abram and said to him, (C)“I am [a]Almighty God; (D)walk before Me and be (E)blameless. And I will make My (F)covenant between Me and you, and (G)will multiply you exceedingly.” Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be (H)a father of [b]many nations. No longer shall (I)your name be called [c]Abram, but your name shall be [d]Abraham; (J)for I have made you a father of [e]many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make (K)nations of you, and (L)kings shall come from you. And I will (M)establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, (N)to be God to you and (O)your descendants after you. Also (P)I give to you and your descendants after you the land (Q)in[f] which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and (R)I will be their God.”

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  1. Genesis 17:1 Heb. El Shaddai
  2. Genesis 17:4 Lit. a multitude of nations
  3. Genesis 17:5 Lit. Exalted Father
  4. Genesis 17:5 Lit. Father of a Multitude
  5. Genesis 17:5 a multitude of
  6. Genesis 17:8 Lit. of your sojournings

15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but [a]Sarah shall be her name. 16 And I will bless her (A)and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother (B)of nations; (C)kings of peoples shall be from her.”

17 Then Abraham fell on his face (D)and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child? 18 And Abraham (E)said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!”

19 Then God said: “No, (F)Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My (G)covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.

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  1. Genesis 17:15 Lit. Princess

21 But My (A)covenant I will establish with Isaac, (B)whom Sarah shall bear to you at this (C)set time next year.”

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Isaac Is Born(A)

21 And the Lord (B)visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah (C)as He had spoken. For Sarah (D)conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, (E)at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—(F)Isaac.[a]

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  1. Genesis 21:3 Lit. Laughter

And Sarah saw the son of Hagar (A)the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, (B)scoffing.[a] 10 Therefore she said to Abraham, (C)“Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.”

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  1. Genesis 21:9 Lit. laughing

12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for (A)in Isaac your seed shall be called.

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15 Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: (A)“By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son 17 blessing I will (B)bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants (C)as the stars of the heaven (D)and as the sand which is on the seashore; and (E)your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 (F)In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, (G)because you have obeyed My voice.”

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