God encourageth Abram.
Genesis 15:1 After these deades ye worde of God came vnto Abram in a vision saynge feare not Abram I am thy shilde and thy rewarde shalbe exceadynge greate.
Abram complaineth for want of an heir.
Genesis 15:2 And Abram answered: LORde Iehouah what wilt thou geue me: I goo childlesse and the cater of myne housse this Eleasar of Damasco hath a sonne. Genesis 15:3 And Abram sayd: se to me hast thou geven no seed: lo a lad borne in my housse shalbe 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 Abram sayenge: He shall not be thyne heyre but one that shall come out of thyne awne bodye shalbe thyne heyre. Genesis 15:5 And he brought him out at the doores ad sayde. Loke vpp vnto heaven and tell the starres yf thou be able to nobre them. And sayde vnto him Even so shall thy seed be.
Abram is justified by faith.
Genesis 15:6 And Abram beleved the LORde and it was counted to him for rightwesnes.
Canaan is promised again, and confirmed by a sign,
Genesis 15:7 And he sayde vnto hym: I am the LORde that brought the out of Vrin Chaldea to geue the this lande to possesse it. Genesis 15:8 And he sayde: LORde God whereby shall I knowe that I shall possesse it? Genesis 15:9 And he sayde vnto him: take an heyfer of .iij. yere olde and a she gotte of thre yeres olde and a thre yere olde ram a turtill doue and a yonge pigeon. Genesis 15:10 And he toke all these and devyded them in the myddes and layde euery pece one over agenst a nother. But the foules devyded he not. Genesis 15:11 And the byrdes fell on the carcases but Abra droue the awaye.
and a vision.
Genesis 15:12 And when the sonne was doune there fell a slomber apon Abram. And loo feare and greate darknesse came apon hym. Genesis 15:13 And he sayde vnto Abram: knowe this of a suertie that thi seed shalbe a straunger in a lande that perteyneth not vnto the. And they shall make bondmen of them and entreate them evell iiij. hundred yeares. Genesis 15:14 But the nation whom they shall serue wyll I iudge. And after warde shall they come out wyth greate substace. Genesis 15:15 Neuerthelesse thou shalt goo vnto thi fathers in peace ad shalt be buried when thou art of a good age: Genesis 15:16 ad in the fourth generation they shall come hyther agayne for the wekednesse of the Amorites ys not yet full. Genesis 15:17 When the sonne was doune and it was waxed darke: beholde there was a smokynge furnesse and a fyre brand that went betwene the sayde peces. Genesis 15:18 And that same daye the LORde made a covenaunte with Abram saynge: vnto thy seed wyll I geue thys londe fro the ryver of Egypte even vnto the greate ryver euphrates: Genesis 15:19 the kenytes the kenizites the Cadmonites Genesis 15:20 the Hethites the Pherezites the Raphaims Genesis 15:21 the Amorytes the Canaanites the Gergesites and the Iebusites.