Genesis Chapter 15

 


15:1     Yahweh then appeared

to Abram and spoke:

Don’t worry Abram.

I am your protector

your great mighty benefactor.

 

15:2     Yet Abram replied:

Almighty Yahweh

what will I receive?

Since I am childless

and the steward of my house

is Eliezer of Damascus?

 

15:3     Abram then said:

You know I have no offspring

indeed a servant born in my house

will be my heir.

 

15:4     Then Yahweh spoke to him:

He shall not be your heir

but someone coming forth

from your own heart

shall be your heir.

 

15:5     He took him outside saying:

Look up to heaven and count the stars

if you can count them.

Then He said to him:

So shall be your followers.

 

15:6     And he believed in Yahweh

and credited Him for his righteousness.

 

15:7     Then He spoke to him:

I am Yahweh who delivered you

from the Ur of the Chaldeans

to entrust to you this land

for you to succeed.

 

15:8     Then he replied:

Almighty Yahweh how do I know

that I will inherit it?

 

15:9     Then He replied to him:

Bring some animals and birds.

 

15:10   When he brought them to Him

He divided them into two equal sections

but didn’t divide the birds.

He put them next to each other.

 

15:11   When vultures flew over the animals

Abram drove them away.

 

15:12   When the sun went down

Abram fell into a deep sleep

and a dreadful darkness came over him.

 

15:13   Then He spoke to Abram:

Understand that your followers

will be strangers in foreign land

and will serve them

and they will oppress them

for four hundred years.

 

15:14   But the people they serve

will be condemned.

And they will escape

with the most important things.

 

15:15   But you shall return

to your ancestors in peace

and be buried at a ripe old age.

 

15:16   But in the fourth generation

will they come back

for the wickedness of the Amorites

has no bounds.

 

15:17   Then it came to pass

when the sun went down

and darkness prevailed

a smoking oven and burning torch

passed between those pieces.

 

15:18   On that same day

Yahweh promised Abram:

Your followers will inherit a world

beyond the river of Egypt

and the great river Euphrates

 

15:19   with the Kenites and Kenezzites

and Kadmonites

 

15:20   the Hittites, Perizzites and Rephaim

 

15:21   and the Amorites and Canaanites

the Girgashites and Jebusites.