God encourageth Abram.
Genesis 15:1 After these thynges, the worde of the Lorde came vnto Abram in a vision, saying: feare not Abram I am thy shielde [and] thy exceedyng great rewarde.
Abram complaineth for want of an heir.
Genesis 15:2 And Abram sayde: Lorde God what wylt thou geue me when I go chyldelesse, the chylde of the stewardship of my house is this Eleazer of Damasco? Genesis 15:3 And Abram saide: See, to me thou hast geuen no seede: lo [borne] in my house is myne heire.
God promiseth him a son, and a multiplying of his seed.
Genesis 15:4 And beholde, the worde of the Lorde came vnto hym, saying, he shall not be thine heire: but one that shall come out of thine own bowels shalbe thine heire. Genesis 15:5 And he brought hym out, and sayde: loke vp vnto heauen, and tell the starres, if thou be able to number them. And he sayde vnto hym: euen so shall thy seede be.
Abram is justified by faith.
Genesis 15:6 And [Abram] beleued the Lord, & that counted he to hym for righteousnesse.
Canaan is promised again, and confirmed by a sign,
Genesis 15:7 And agayne he saide vnto him: I am the Lorde that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to geue thee this lande, & that thou myghtest inherite it. Genesis 15:8 And he sayde: Lorde God wherby shall I knowe that I shall inherite it? Genesis 15:9 He aunswered vnto hym: Take an Heyfer of three yere olde, & a she Goate of three yere olde, and a three yere olde Ramme, a turtle Doue also, & a young Pigeon. Genesis 15:10 He toke therefore all these vnto hym, and deuided them in the middes, and layde euery peece one ouer agaynst another: but the birdes deuided he not. Genesis 15:11 And when the foules fell on the carkases, Abram droue them away.
and a vision.
Genesis 15:12 And whe the sunne was downe, there fell a deepe sleepe vpon Abram: and lo, an horrour of great darknesse fell vpon hym. Genesis 15:13 And he sayde vnto Abram: Knowe this of a suertie, that thy seede shalbe a straunger in a lande that is not theirs, and shall serue them, and they shall entreate them euyll foure hundreth yeres. Genesis 15:14 But the nation whom they shall serue wyll I iudge: and afterward shall they come out with great substaunce. Genesis 15:15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace, and shalt be buried in a good olde age. Genesis 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shal come hyther agayne: for the wickednesse of the Amorites is not yet full. Genesis 15:17 And so it was, that when the sonne went downe, and it was twylyght, beholde a smokyng furnesse and a fire brande goyng betweene the said peeces. Genesis 15:18 In that same day the Lorde made a couenaunt with Abram, saying: vnto thy seede haue I geuen this lande, fro the ryuer of Egypt, euen vnto the great ryuer, the ryuer of Euphrates. Genesis 15:19 The Kenites and the Kenizites, and the Cadmonites, Genesis 15:20 And the Hethites, and the Perizites, and the Giauntes, Genesis 15:21 The Amorites also, and the Chanaanites, and Girgasites, & the Iebusites.