God encourageth Abram.
Genesis 15:1 After these dedes, the worde of God, came vnto Abram in a vision sayinge: Feare not Abram, I am thy shyld, and thy rewarde shall be exceadynge greate.
Abram complaineth for want of an heir.
Genesis 15:2 And Abram answered: Lorde Iehouah, what wylte thou gyue me: I go childeles, and the cater of myne house, thys Eleasar of Damasco hath a sonne. Genesis 15:3 And Abram sayed: Se, to me hast thou geuen no sede: lo, a lad borne in my house shall be mine heyre?
God promiseth him a son, and a multiplying of his seed.
Genesis 15:4 And behold, the worde of the Lord spake vnto Abram, sayinge: He shall not be thyne heyre, but one þt shal come out of thyne own body shalbe thine heire. Genesis 15:5 And he brought him out of the dores, & sayd: loke vp vnto heauen, & tel the stars, if thou be able to numbre them. And said vnto hym: Euen so shal thy sede be.
Abram is justified by faith.
Genesis 15:6 And Abram beleued the Lord, & it was counted to him for ryghtuousnes.
Canaan is promised again, and confirmed by a sign,
Genesis 15:7 And he sayd vnto hym: I am the Lord that brought the oute of Or in Chaldea to geue the thys lande to possesse it. Genesis 15:8 And he sayed: Lord God, wherby shall I knowe that I shall possesse it? Genesis 15:9 And he sayed vnto hym: Take an heyfer of thre yere olde, & a she gote of thre yere old, & a thre yere old ram, a turtyll doue, & a yong pigion. Genesis 15:10 And he toke all these & deuided them in the middes, and layed euery pece one agaynst an other. But the foules deuided he not. Genesis 15:11 And þe birdes fell one the carcases, but Abram droue them away.
and a vision.
Genesis 15:12 And when the sunne was downe, ther fell a slumbre vpon Abram. And loo, feare and greate darckenes came vpon him. Genesis 15:13 And he sayd vnto Abram: know this of a surety that thy sede shall be a stranger in a lande that perteyneth not vnto them. And they shall make bondmen of them & entreate them euell .iiij. hundred yeares. Genesis 15:14 But the nacion whom they shal serue, wyll I iudge. And after warde shall they come out wyth great substance. Genesis 15:15 Neuerthelesse, thou shalt go vnto thy fathers in peace, & shalt be buryed when thou arte of a good age: Genesis 15:16 and in the fourth generation they shall come hyther agayne, for the wickednesse of the Amorites is not yet full. Genesis 15:17 When the sonne was downe and it was waxed darcke: beholde, ther was a smokyng furnesse, and a fyrebrand that went betwene the sayde peces. Genesis 15:18 And that same daye the Lorde made a couenaunte with Abram sayinge: vnto thy seed wyl I geue this land, from the riuer of Egypt, euen vnto the greate ryuer Euphrates, Genesis 15:19 the Kenytes, the Kenizites, the Cadmonites, Genesis 15:20 the Hethites, the Pherezites, the Raphayms, Genesis 15:21 the Amorytes, the Canaanites, the Gergesytes and the Iebusytes.