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Genesis 15:1-6New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

The Lord’s covenant with Abram

15 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:

‘Do not be afraid, Abram.
    I am your shield,[a]
    your very great reward.’[b]

But Abram said, ‘Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit[c] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?’ And Abram said, ‘You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.’

Then the word of the Lord came to him: ‘This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.’ He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring[d] be.’

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

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 15:1 Or sovereign
  2. Genesis 15:1 Or shield; / your reward will be very great
  3. Genesis 15:2 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  4. Genesis 15:5 Or seed
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