God encourageth Abram.
Genesis 15:1 After these things hath the word of Jehovah been unto Abram in a vision, saying, 'Fear not, Abram, I [am] a shield to thee, thy reward [is] exceeding great.'
Abram complaineth for want of an heir.
Genesis 15:2 And Abram saith, 'Lord Jehovah, what dost Thou give to me, and I am going childless? and an acquired son in my house is Demmesek Eliezer.' Genesis 15:3 And Abram saith, 'Lo, to me Thou hast not given seed, and lo, a domestic doth heir me.'
God promiseth him a son, and a multiplying of his seed.
Genesis 15:4 And lo, the word of Jehovah [is] unto him, saying, 'This [one] doth not heir thee; but he who cometh out from thy bowels, he doth heir thee;' Genesis 15:5 and He bringeth him out without, and saith, 'Look attentively, I pray thee, towards the heavens, and count the stars, if thou art able to count them;' and He saith to him, 'Thus is thy seed.'
Abram is justified by faith.
Genesis 15:6 And he hath believed in Jehovah, and He reckoneth it to himrighteousness.
Canaan is promised again, and confirmed by a sign,
Genesis 15:7 And He saith unto him, 'I [am] Jehovah who brought thee out from Ur of the Chaldees, to give to thee this land to possess it;' Genesis 15:8 and he saith, 'Lord Jehovah, whereby do I know that I possess it?' Genesis 15:9 And He saith unto him, 'Take for Me a heifer of three years, and a she-goat of three years, and a ram of three years, and a turtle-dove, and a young bird;' Genesis 15:10 and he taketh to him all these, and separateth them in the midst, and putteth each piece over against its fellow, but the bird he hath not divided; Genesis 15:11 and the ravenous birds come down upon the carcases, and Abram causeth them to turn back.
and a vision.
Genesis 15:12 And the sun is about to go in, and deep sleep hath fallen upon Abram, and lo, a terror of great darkness is falling upon him; Genesis 15:13 and He saith to Abram, 'knowingknow that thy seed is a sojourner in a land not theirs, and they have served them, and they have afflicted them four hundred years, Genesis 15:14 and the nation also whom they serve I judge, and after this they go out with great substance; Genesis 15:15 and thouthou comest in unto thy fathers in peace; thou art buried in a good old age; Genesis 15:16 and the fourth generation doth turn back hither, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.' Genesis 15:17 And it cometh to passthe sun hath gone in, and thick darkness hath beenand lo, a furnace of smoke, and a lamp of fire, which hath passed over between those pieces. Genesis 15:18 In that day hath Jehovah made with Abram a covenant, saying, 'To thy seed I have given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Phrat, Genesis 15:19 with 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.'