NASB — Genesis 15 — KJV

Abram Promised a Son

1 After these things athe word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying,
  “bDo not fear, Abram,
  I am ca shield to you;
  IYour dreward shall be very great.”
2 Abram said, “O Lord IGOD, what will You give me, since I IIam childless, and the IIIheir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “ISince You have given no IIoffspring to me, IIIone aborn in my house is my heir.” 4 Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; abut one who will come forth from your own Ibody, he shall be your heir.” 5 And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and acount the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “bSo shall your Idescendants be.” 6 aThen he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. 7 And He said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out of aUr of the Chaldeans, to bgive you this land to Ipossess it.” 8 He said, “O Lord IGOD, ahow may I know that I will IIpossess it?” 9 So He said to him, “IBring Me a three year old heifer, and a three year old female goat, and a three year old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he Ibrought all these to Him and acut them IIin two, and laid each half opposite the other; but he bdid not cut the birds. 11 The birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.

[1] IOr Your very great reward aGn 15:4; 46:2; 1S 15:10 bGn 21:17; 26:24; Is 41:10 cDt 33:29 dNu 18:20; Ps 58:11
[2] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD IILit go IIILit son of acquisition
[3] ILit Behold IILit seed IIILit and behold, a son of aGn 14:14
[4] ILit inward parts aGa 4:28
[5] ILit seed aGn 22:17; 26:4; Dt 1:10 bEx 32:13; Ro 4:18; He 11:12
[6] aRo 4:3, 20-22; Ga 3:6; Jm 2:23
[7] IOr inherit aGn 11:31 bGn 13:15, 17
[8] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD IIOr inherit aJg 6:36-40; Lk 1:18
[9] ILit Take
[10] ILit took IILit in the midst aGn 15:17 bLv 1:17

12 ¶ Now when the sun was going down, aa deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, Iterror [and] great darkness fell upon him. 13 [God] said to Abram, “Know for certain that ayour Idescendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, IIwhere bthey will be enslaved and oppressed cfour hundred years. 14 But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out awith Imany possessions. 15 As for you, ayou shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age. 16 Then in athe fourth generation they will return here, for bthe iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.”

[12] IOr a terror of great darkness aGn 2:21; 28:11; Jb 33:15
[13] ILit seed IILit and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them aAc 7:6, 17 bEx 1:11; Dt 5:15 cEx 12:40; Ga 3:17
[14] ILit great aEx 12:32-38
[15] aGn 25:8; 47:30
[16] aGn 15:13 bLv 18:24-28

17 ¶ It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, [there appeared] a smoking oven and a flaming torch which apassed between these pieces. 18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying,
  “aTo your Idescendants I have given this land,
  From bthe river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:
19 athe Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite 20 and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim 21 and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.”

[17] aJr 34:18, 19
[18] ILit seed aGn 17:8; Jsh 21:43; Ac 7:5 bEx 23:31; Nu 34:1-15; Dt 1:7, 8
[19] aEx 3:17; 23:28; Jsh 24:11; Ne 9:8


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God encourageth Abram.

1 ¶ After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward.

[1] Gn 15:14; 26:24; 46:2, 3; Ex 14:13; Nu 12:6; Dt 31:6; 33:26, 29; Ru 2:12; 1S 9:9; 1Ch 28:20; Ps 3:3; 5:12; 16:5; 18:2; 27:1; 58:11; 84:9, 11; 91:4; 119:114; 142:5; Pv 11:18; 30:5; Is 35:4; 41:10, 14; 43:1, 5; 44:2, 8; 51:12; Lm 3:24; Ezk 1:1; 3:4; 11:24; Dn 10:1, 12; Mt 8:26; 10:28; 28:5; Lk 1:13, 30; 12:32; Ac 10:10, 22; 1Co 3:22; He 1:1; 13:5; Rv 1:17; 21:3.

Abram complaineth for want of an heir.

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? 3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

[2] Gn 12:1; 24:2, 10; 25:21; 30:1; 39:4, 9; 43:19; 44:1; 1S 1:11; Ps 127:3; Pv 13:12; 17:2; Is 56:5; Ac 7:5.
[3] Gn 12:2; 13:16; 14:14; Pv 13:12; 29:21; 30:23; Ec 2:7; Jr 12:1; He 10:35.

God promiseth him a son, and a multiplying of his seed.

4 And, behold, the word of the LORD [came] unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

[4] Gn 17:16; 21:12; 2S 7:12; 16:11; 2Ch 32:21; Phm 1:12.
[5] Gn 12:2; 13:16; 16:10; 22:17; 28:14; Ex 32:13; Dt 1:10; 10:22; 1Ch 27:23; Ps 147:4; Jr 33:22; Ro 4:18; 9:7; He 11:12.

Abram is justified by faith.

6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

[6] Ps 106:31; Ro 4:3, 9, 11, 20, 22; 2Co 5:19; Ga 3:6; He 11:8; Jm 2:23.

Canaan is promised again, and confirmed by a sign,

7 And he said unto him, I [am] the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. 8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? 9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. 10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. 11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

[7] Gn 11:28; 12:1, 7; 13:15; Ne 9:7, 8; Ps 105:11, 42, 44; Ac 7:2; Ro 4:13.
[8] Gn 24:2, 13; Jg 6:17, 36; 1S 14:9; 2K 20:8; Ps 86:17; Is 7:11; Lk 1:18, 34.
[9] Gn 22:13; Lv 1:3, 10, 14; 3:1, 6; 9:2, 4; 12:8; 14:22, 30; Ps 50:5; Is 15:5; Lk 2:24.
[10] Lv 1:17; Jr 34:18; 2Ti 2:15.
[11] Ps 119:13; Ezk 17:3, 7; Mt 13:4.

and a vision.

12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety 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; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites [is] not yet full. 17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

[12] Gn 2:21; 1S 26:12; Jb 4:13; 33:15; Ps 4:3; Dn 10:8; Ac 9:8; 20:9.
[13] Gn 17:8; Ex 1:1; 5:1; 12:40; 22:21; 23:9; Lv 19:34; Dt 10:19; Ps 105:11, 12, 23; Ac 7:6; Ga 3:17; He 11:8.
[14] Gn 46:1; Ex 3:21; 6:5; 7:1; 12:35; Dt 4:20; 6:22; 7:18; 11:2; Jsh 24:4, 17; 1S 12:8; Ne 9:9; Ps 51:4; 78:43; 105:27, 37; 135:9, 14.
[15] Gn 23:4, 19; 25:7, 8; 35:29; 49:29, 31; 50:13; Nu 20:24; 27:13; Jg 2:10; 1Ch 23:1; 29:28; 2Ch 34:28; Jb 5:26; 42:17; Ps 37:37; Ec 6:3; 12:7; Is 57:1; Jr 8:1; Dn 12:13; Mt 22:32; Ac 13:36; He 6:13; 11:13.
[16] Ex 12:40; 1K 21:26; Dn 8:23; Zc 5:5; Mt 23:32; 1Th 2:16; 2P 3:8.
[17] Ex 3:2; Dt 4:20; Jg 6:21; 13:20; 2S 22:9; 1Ch 21:26; Is 62:1; Jr 11:4; 34:18.
[18] Gn 2:14; 9:8; 12:7; 13:15; 17:1, 8; 24:7; 26:4; 28:4, 13; 35:12; 50:24; Ex 3:8; 6:4; 23:23, 27; 34:11; Nu 34:3, 5; Dt 1:7; 7:1; 11:24; 34:4; Jsh 1:3; 12:1; 15:4; 19:1; 2S 8:3; 23:5; 1K 4:21; 1Ch 5:9; 2Ch 9:26; Ne 9:8; Ps 105:11; Is 27:12; 55:3; Jr 31:31; 32:40; 33:20; Ga 3:15; He 13:20.
[19] Nu 24:21.
[20] Gn 14:5; Is 17:5.
[21] Gn 10:15; Ex 23:23; 33:2; 34:11; Dt 7:1; Mt 8:28.


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