God encourageth Abram.
Genesis 15:1 After these things, came the word of Yahweh unto Abram, in a vision, saying,Do not fear, Abram, I, am a shield to thee, thine exceeding great reward.
Abram complaineth for want of an heir.
Genesis 15:2 And Abram said, My Lord Yahweh, what canst thou give me, when, I, am going on childless,and, the heir of my house, is Eliezer, of Damascus. Genesis 15:3 And Abram saidLo, to me, hast thou not given seed,And lo! a son of my household, is mine heir!
God promiseth him a son, and a multiplying of his seed.
Genesis 15:4 And lo! the word of Yahweh [came] unto him, saying, This one, shall not be thine heir; But, one who cometh forth of thy bodyhe, shall be thine heir. Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and saidLook steadfastly, I pray thee, towards the heavens, and number the stars, if thou be able to number, them, And he said to him, Thus, shall be thy seed.
Abram is justified by faith.
Genesis 15:6 And he had faith in Yahweh,so he reckoned it to him, as righteousness.
Canaan is promised again, and confirmed by a sign,
Genesis 15:7 And he said unto him,I, am Yahweh, who brought thee forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land, to inherit it. Genesis 15:8 And he said: My Lord Yahweh, whereby, can I know, that I shall inherit it? Genesis 15:9 And he said unto him, Take for me a heifer, three years old, and a she-goat three years old, and a ram three years old, and a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon. Genesis 15:10 So he took for him all these, and divided, them, in the midst, and placed each piece over against its fellow,but, the birds, divided he not. Genesis 15:11 Then came down the birds of prey upon the carcases,and Abram drove them away.
and a vision.
Genesis 15:12 And it came to pass, when, the sun, was about to go in, and, a deep sleep, had fallen upon Abram, lo! a terrora great darkness, was falling upon him. Genesis 15:13 And he said to AbramThou, must surely know, that, sojourners, will thy seed become in a land not theirs, and shall serve them, and they will humble them, four hundred years; Genesis 15:14 moreover also, the nation whom they will serve, I, am going to judge, and, after that, shall they come forth with great substance. Genesis 15:15 But, thou, shalt go in unto thy fathers, in peace,thou shalt be buried in a good old age. Genesis 15:16 And, in the fourth generation, shall they return hither,for, not complete, is the iniquity of the Amorites, as yet. Genesis 15:17 So it came to pass, when, the sun, had gone in, and, a thick darkness, had come on, that lo! there was a smoking hearth and torch of fire, which passed through between these pieces. Genesis 15:18 In that day, did Yahweh solemnise with Abram a covenant, saying,To thy seed, have I given this land, from the river of Egypt, as far as the great riverthe 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.