1And after these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram, I shield thee, thy reward shall be very great.
2And Abram said, Master and Lord, what wilt thou give me? whereas I am departing without a child, but the son of Masek my homeborn female slave, this Eliezer of Damascus is mine heir.
3And Abram said, I am grieved since thou hast given me no seed, but my homeborn servant shall succeed me.
4And immediately there was a voice of the Lord to him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come out of thee shall be thine heir.
5And he brought him out and said to him, Look up now to heaven, and count the stars, if thou shalt be able to number them fully, and he said, Thus shall thy seed be.
6And Abram believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.
7And he said to him, I am God that brought thee out of the land of the Chaldeans, so as to give thee this land to inherit.
8And he said, Master and Lord, how shall I know that I shall inherit it?
9And he said to him, Take for me a heifer in her third year, and a she-goat in her third year, and a ram in his third year, and a dove and a pigeon.
10So he took to him all these, and divided them in the midst, and set them opposite to each other, but the birds he did not divide.
11And birds came down upon the bodies, even upon the divided parts of them, and Abram sat down by them.
12And about sunset a trance fell upon Abram, and lo! a great gloomy terror falls upon him.
13And it was said to Abram, Thou shalt surely know that thy seed shall be a sojourner in a land not their own, and they shall enslave them, and afflict them, and humble them four hundred years.
14And the nation whomsoever they shall serve I will judge; and after this, they shall come forth hither with much property.
15But thou shalt depart to thy fathers in peace, nourished in a good old age.
16And in the fourth generation they shall return hither, for the sins of the Amorites are not yet filled up, even until now.
17And when the sun was about to set, there was a flame, and behold a smoking furnace and lamps of fire, which passed between these divided pieces.
18In that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, To thy seed I will give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river Euphrates.
19The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
20and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaim,
21and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Hivites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.