God encourageth Abram.
Genesis 15:1 It happened after these actes, yt the worde of ye LORDE came vnto Abra in a vysion, and sayde: Feare not Abram, I am thy shylde and thy exceadinge greate rewarde.
Abram complaineth for want of an heir.
Genesis 15:2 But Abram sayde: LORDE LORDE, what wilt thou geue me? I go childles, and the seruaunt of my house (this Eleasar of Damascos) hath a sonne. Genesis 15:3 And Abram sayde morouer: Beholde, vnto me hast thou geuen no sede: and lo, the sonne of my housholde shal be myne heyre.
God promiseth him a son, and a multiplying of his seed.
Genesis 15:4 And beholde, the worde of the LORDE spake vnto him, and saide: He shal not be thine heyre, but one that shal come out of thine owne body, he shal be thine heyre. Genesis 15:5 And he bad him go forth, and sayde: Loke vp vnto heauen, and tell ye starres: Canst thou nombre them? And he sayde vnto him: Euen so shal thy sede be.
Abram is justified by faith.
Genesis 15:6 Abram beleued the LORDE, and yt was counted vnto him for righteousnes.
Canaan is promised again, and confirmed by a sign,
Genesis 15:7 And he sayde vnto him: I am ye LORDE, yt brought the from Vr out of Chaldea, to geue ye this londe to possesse it. Genesis 15:8 But Abram sayde: LORDE LORDE, Wherby shall I knowe, that I shall possesse it? Genesis 15:9 And he sayde vnto him: Take a cow of thre yeare olde, and a she goate of thre yeare olde, and a ramme of thre yeare olde, and a turtyll doue, and a yonge pigeon. Genesis 15:10 And he toke all these, and deuyded them in the myddes, and layde the one parte ouer agaynst the other, but the foules deuyded he not. Genesis 15:11 And the foules fell vpo the flesh, but Abram droue them awaye.
and a vision.
Genesis 15:12 Now whan the Sonne beganne to go downe, there fell an heuy slepe vpo Abram. And lo, feare and greate darcknes fell vpon him. Genesis 15:13 And he sayde vnto Abram: knowe this of a suertye, that thy sede shalbe a strauger, in a londe that is not theirs. And they shall make bonde men of them, and intreate them euell foure hundreth yeares. Genesis 15:14 But the people who they shal serue, wyl I iudge. Afterwarde shall they go forth with greate substaunce: Genesis 15:15 and thou shalt departe vnto thy fathers in peace, and shalt be buried in a good age. Genesis 15:16 And after the fourth generacion they shall come hither agayne, for the wickednes of ye Amorites is not yet full. Genesis 15:17 So whan the Sonne was downe, and it was waxed darcke: Beholde, there smoked a fornace, and a fyre brande wente betwene ye partes. Genesis 15:18 The same daye made the LORDE a couenaut with Abram, and sayde: Vnto thy sede wil I geue this lode, from the water of Egipte, vnto the greate water Euphrates: Genesis 15:19 the Kenytes, the Kenizites, the Kydmonites, Genesis 15:20 the Hethites, the Pherezites, the Giauntes, Genesis 15:21 the Amorites, the Cananites, the Gergesites, and the Iebusites.