God encourageth Abram.
Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to 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, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house [is] this Eliezer of Damascus? Genesis 15:3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and lo, one born in my house is my heir.
God promiseth him a son, and a multiplying of his seed.
Genesis 15:4 And behold, the word of the LORD [came] to him, saying, This shall not be thy heir; but he that shall come forth out of thy own bowels shall be thy heir. Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now towards heaven, and tell the stars, if thou art able to number them: and he said to 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 to 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, Lord GOD, by what shall I know that I shall inherit it? Genesis 15:9 And he said to him, Take me a heifer of three years old, and a she-goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon. Genesis 15:10 And he took to him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds he did not divide. Genesis 15:11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, 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, a horror of great darkness fell upon him. Genesis 15:13 And he said to Abram, Know certainly 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 which they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. Genesis 15:15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. Genesis 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites [is] not yet full. Genesis 15:17 And it came to pass, that when the sun had gone down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. Genesis 15:18 In that same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, To thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates: Genesis 15:19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, Genesis 15:20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, Genesis 15:21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.