1 After these deeds, the word of God came unto Abram in a vision, saying, "Fear not Abram, I am thy shield; and thy reward shall be exceeding great."
2 And Abram answered, "LORD Jehovah, what wilt thou give me? I go childless, and the cater of mine house, this Eliezer of Damascus, hath a son." 3 And Abram said, "See, to me hast thou given no seed: lo, a lad born in my house shall be mine heir!"
4 And behold, the word of the LORD spake unto Abram saying, "He shall not be thine heir, but one that shall come out of thine own body shall be thine heir." 5 And he brought him out at the doors and said, "Look up unto heaven and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them." And said unto him, "Even so shall thy seed be."
6 And Abram believed the LORD, and it was counted to him for righteousness.
7 And he said unto him, "I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur in Chaldea to give thee this land to possess it."
8 And he said, "LORD God, whereby shall I know that I shall possess it?"
9 And he said unto him, "Take a heifer of three years old, and a she-goat of three years old, and a three year old ram, a turtle dove and a young pigeon."
10 And he took all these and divided them in the midst, and laid every piece, one over against another. But the fowls divided he not. 11 And the birds fell on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away. 12 And when the sun was down, there fell a slumber upon Abram. And lo, fear and great darkness came upon him.
13 And he said unto Abram, "Know this of a surety, that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that pertaineth not unto them. And they shall make bondmen of them and entreat them evil, four hundred years. 14 But the nation whom they shall serve, will I judge. And afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15 Nevertheless, thou shalt go unto thy fathers in peace, and shalt be buried when thou art of a good age: 16 and in the fourth generation they shall come hither again, for the wickedness of the Amorites is not yet full."
17 When the sun was down and it was waxed dark, behold, there was a smoking furnace and a fire brand that went between the said pieces. 18 And that same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, "Unto thy seed will I give this land, from the river of Egypt, even unto the great river Euphrates: 19 the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Giants, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites."