Genesis 15

God's Covenant with Abram

1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: c "Fear not, Abram, I am d your shield; your reward shall be very great." 2 But Abram said, "O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue 1 childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" 3 And Abram said, "Behold, you have given me no offspring, and e a member of my household will be my heir." 4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: "This man shall not be your heir; f your very own son 2 shall be your heir." 5 And he brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and g number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, h "So shall your offspring be." 6 And i he believed the Lord, and j he counted it to him as righteousness.

7 And he said to him, "I am the Lord who k brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans l to give you this land to possess." 8 But he said, "O Lord God, m how am I to know that I shall possess it?" 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." 10 And he brought him all these, n cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But o he did not cut the birds in half. 11 And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

12 As the sun was going down, a p deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then the Lord said to Abram, "Know for certain q that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and r they will be afflicted for s four hundred years. 14 But t I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward u they shall come out with great possessions. 15 As for yourself, you shall go to your fathers in peace; v you shall be buried in a good old age. 16 And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for w the iniquity of the Amorites x is not yet complete."

17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, y "To your offspring I give 3 this land, from z the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, 19 the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites."

  1. Cross References
    Genesis 26:24
    And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, "I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham's sake.
    Daniel 10:12
    Then he said to me, "Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.
    Luke 1:13
    But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
    Luke 1:30
    And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 3:3
    But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
    Psalms 18:2
    The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
    Psalms 84:11
    For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
    Psalms 119:114
    You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
  3. Cross References
    Genesis 14:14
    When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 17:16
    I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 147:4
    He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 22:17
    I will surely bless you, and I will surely mult...
    Genesis 26:4
    I will multiply your offspring as the stars of ...
    Exodus 32:13
    Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your serva...
    Deuteronomy 1:10
    The Lord your God has multiplied you, and behol...
    Deuteronomy 10:22
    Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons...
    1 Chronicles 27:23
    David did not count those below twenty years of...
    Hebrews 11:12
    Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead...
    Romans 4:18
    In hope he believed against hope, that he shoul...
  7. Cross References
    Romans 4:9
    Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness.
    Romans 4:22
    That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness.
    Galatians 3:6
    Just as Abraham "believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"?
    James 2:23
    And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness" - and he was called a friend of God.
  8. Cross References
    Romans 4:3
    For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.
    Psalms 106:31
    And that was counted to him as righteousness from generation to generation forever.
  9. Cross References
    Genesis 11:31
    Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife, and they went forth together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there.
    Genesis 12:1
    Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.
    Nehemiah 9:7 - 8
    You are the Lord, the God who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and gave him the name Abraham.
    Acts 7:2 - 4
    And Stephen said: "Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 105:42
    For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham, his servant.
    Psalms 105:44
    And he gave them the lands of the nations, and they took possession of the fruit of the peoples' toil.
  11. Cross References
    Judges 6:17
    And he said to him, "If now I have found favor in your eyes, then show me a sign that it is you who speak with me.
    2 Kings 20:8
    And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the Lord on the third day?
    Psalms 86:17
    Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
    Isaiah 7:11 - 13
    "Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven."
    Luke 1:18
    And Zechariah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.
  12. Cross References
    Jeremiah 34:18 - 19
    And the men who transgressed my covenant and did not keep the terms of the covenant that they made before me, I will make them like the calf that they cut in two and passed between its parts -
  13. Cross References
    Leviticus 1:17
    He shall tear it open by its wings, but shall not sever it completely. And the priest shall burn it on the altar, on the wood that is on the fire. It is a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
  14. Cross References
    Genesis 2:21
    So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.
  15. Cross References
    Acts 7:6 - 7
    And God spoke to this effect - that his offspring would be sojourners in a land belonging to others, who would enslave them and afflict them four hundred years.
  16. Cross References
    Exodus 1:11 - 12
    Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses.
    Exodus 3:7
    Then the Lord said, "I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings.
  17. Cross References
    Acts 7:6
    And God spoke to this effect - that his offspring would be sojourners in a land belonging to others, who would enslave them and afflict them four hundred years.
    Exodus 12:40 - 41
    The time that the people of Israel lived in Egypt was 430 years.
    Galatians 3:17
    This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void.
  18. Cross References
    Exodus 6:6
    Say therefore to the people of Israel, 'I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment.
  19. Cross References
    Exodus 12:36
    And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.
    Psalms 105:37
    Then he brought out Israel with silver and gold, and there was none among his tribes who stumbled.
  20. Cross References
    Genesis 25:8
    Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.
  21. Cross References
    1 Kings 21:26
    He acted very abominably in going after idols, as the Amorites had done, whom the Lord cast out before the people of Israel.)
    Amos 2:9
    Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars and who was as strong as the oaks; I destroyed his fruit above and his roots beneath.
  22. Cross References
    Daniel 8:23
    And at the latter end of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their limit, a king of bold face, one who understands riddles, shall arise.
    Matthew 23:32
    Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.
    1 Thessalonians 2:16
    By hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved - so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But God's wrath has come upon them at last!
  23. Cross References
    Genesis 12:7
    Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, "To y...
    Genesis 13:15
    For all the land that you see I will give to yo...
    Genesis 24:7
    The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from m...
    Genesis 26:4
    I will multiply your offspring as the stars of ...
    Numbers 34:2
    Command the people of Israel, and say to them, ...
    Deuteronomy 34:4
    And the Lord said to him, "This is the land of ...
    Nehemiah 9:8
    You found his heart faithful before you, and ma...
  24. Cross References
    Exodus 23:31
    And I will set your border from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates, for I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.
    Deuteronomy 1:7
    Turn and take your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites and to all their neighbors in the Arabah, in the hill country and in the lowland and in the Negeb and by the seacoast, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.
    Joshua 1:4
    From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory.
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