God encourageth Abram.
Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward.
Abram complaineth for want of an heir.
Genesis 15:2 And Abram said, O Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and he that shall be possessor of my house is Dammesek Eliezer? Genesis 15:3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
God promiseth him a son, and a multiplying of his seed.
Genesis 15:4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This man shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to tell them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
Abram is justified by faith.
Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Canaan is promised again, and confirmed by a sign,
Genesis 15:7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. Genesis 15:8 And he said, O Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? Genesis 15:9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she-goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. Genesis 15:10 And he took him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each half over against the other: but the birds divided he not. Genesis 15:11 And the birds of prey came down upon the carcases, and Abram drove them away.
and a vision.
Genesis 15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. Genesis 15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; Genesis 15:14 and also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. Genesis 15:15 But thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. Genesis 15:16 And in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full. Genesis 15:17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a flaming torch that passed between these pieces. Genesis 15:18 In that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: Genesis 15:19 the Kenite, and the Kenizzite, and the Kadmonite, Genesis 15:20 and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Rephaim, Genesis 15:21 and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Girgashite, and the Jebusite.