God encourageth Abram.
Genesis 15:1 After these thynges were done, the worde of the Lorde came vnto Abram in a vysyon sayinge, Feare not Abram, I am thy defence, and thy rewarde shall be exceadynge great.
Abram complaineth for want of an heir.
Genesis 15:2 And Abram sayde: Lorde God what wilt thou geue me whan I go chyldlesse, and the chylde of the stewardship of my house is thys Eleazar of Damasco? Genesis 15:3 And Abram sayde: Se, to me hast thou geuen no seed: lo, a lad borne in my house is myne heyre.
God promiseth him a son, and a multiplying of his seed.
Genesis 15:4 And beholde, the worde of the Lorde came vnto hym sayinge: He shall not be thyne heyre, but one that shall come out of thyne awne body shalbe thyne heyre. Genesis 15:5 And he brought him out & sayde: loke vp vnto heauen, and tell the starres, yf thou be able to nombre them. And he sayde vnto him Euen so shall thy seed be.
Abram is justified by faith.
Genesis 15:6 And Abram beleued the Lorde, and that counted he to hym for ryghtewesnes.
Canaan is promised again, and confirmed by a sign,
Genesis 15:7 And agayne he sayde vnto hym: I am the Lorde that brought the out of Ur of the Caldees to geue the thys lande, and that thou myghtest possesse it. Genesis 15:8 And he sayde: Lorde God, wherby shall I knowe that I shall possesse it? Genesis 15:9 He answered vnto hym: Take an heyffer of thre yere olde, and a she goate of thre yere olde, and a thre yere olde ram, a turtyll doue also and a yonge pigeon. Genesis 15:10 He toke therfore all these vnto him, & deuyded them in the myddes, and layde euery pece, one agaynst another. But the foules deuyded he not. Genesis 15:11 And whan þe byrdes fell on the carcases, Abram droue them awaye.
and a vision.
Genesis 15:12 And when the sunne was downe, ther fell a slomber vpon Abram. And loo, a darke and great feare fell vpon hym. Genesis 15:13 And he sayde vnto Abram: knowe thys of a suertye, that thy seed shalbe a straunger in a lande that perteyneth not vnto them. And shall serue them, & they shall entreate them euell .iiij. hundred yeares. Genesis 15:14 But the nacyon whom they shall serue, wyll I iudge. And afterwarde shall they come out with great substaunce. Genesis 15:15 And thou shalt goo vnto thy fathers in peace, and shalt be buryed in a good olde age: Genesis 15:16 But in the fourth generacyon they shall come hyther againe, for the wickednesse of the Amorites ys not yet full. Genesis 15:17 And it came to passe that whan the sonne went downe, there was a dark cloude: beholde, ther was a smoking furnesse, & a fyre brande goinge betwene the sayde peces. Genesis 15:18 In that same daye the Lorde made a couenaunte wt Abram sayinge: vnto thy seed haue I geuen thys lande, from the ryuer of Egypt, euen vnto the great ryuer the ryuer of Euphrates, Genesis 15:19 the kenytes, the kenyzites, and the Cadmonites, Genesis 15:20 the Hethites, and the Pherezites, and the gyauntes, Genesis 15:21 the Amorytes also, & the Canaanites, the Gergesytes and the Iebusytes.