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Genesis 15

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God encourages Abram, who complains for want of an heir.

15:1 After these things the word of Yahweh came to Abram in a vision, saying,

“Don’t be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

1205   GOD, titles and names of

15:2 Abram said,

“Lord Yahweh, what will you give me, seeing I go childless, and he who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”

1235   God, the Lord

15:3 Abram said,

“Behold, to me you have given no seed: and, behold, one born in my house is my heir.”

6609   Adoption, nature of

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

15:4 Behold, the word of Yahweh came to him, saying,

“This man will not be your heir, but he who will come forth out of your own body will be your heir.”

5136   Body

15:5 Yahweh brought him outside, and said,

“Look now toward the sky, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.”
He said to Abram,
“So shall your seed be.”

4212   Astronomy

Abram is justified by faith.

15:6 He believed in Yahweh; and he reckoned it to him for righteousness.

1680   Types

Canaan is promised again, and confirmed by a sign, and a vision, prophetic of the condition of his posterity till brought out of Egypt.

15:7 He said to him,

“I am Yahweh who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give you this land to inherit it.”

5477   Property, land

15:8 He said,

“Lord Yahweh, how will I know that I will inherit it?”

8726   Toubters

15:9 He said to him,

“Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”

4636   Dove

15:10 He brought him all of these, and divided them in the middle, and laid each half opposite the other; but he didn’t divide the birds.

5372   Knife

15:11 The birds of prey came down on the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.

15:12 When the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. Now terror and great darkness fell on him.

4957   Night

15:13 He said to Abram,

“Know for sure that your seed will live as foreigners in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them. They will afflict them four hundred years.

8791   Oppression, nature of

15:14 I will also judge that nation, whom they will serve. Afterward they will come out with great wealth,

5503   The rich

15:15 but you will go to your fathers in peace. You will be buried in a good old age.

5726   Old age, attainment of

15:16 In the fourth generation they will come here again, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full.”

4915   Completion

15:17 It came to pass that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold, a smoking furnace, and a flaming torch passed between these pieces.

4848   Smoke

15:18 In that day Yahweh made a covenant with Abram, saying,

“To your seed I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates:

4260   Rivers and streams

15:19 the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites,

15:20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim,

15:21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

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