15 1 After these things the word of Yahweh came to Abram in a vision, "Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great." 15 2 But Abram said, "O Lord Yahweh, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" 15 3 And Abram said, "Behold, you have given me no offspring; and a slave born in my house will be my heir." 15 4 And behold, the word of Yahweh came to him, "This man shall not be your heir; your own son shall be your heir." 15 5 And he brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, "So shall your descendants be." 15 6 And he believed Yahweh; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness.
15 7 And he said to him, "I am Yahweh who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess." 15 8 But he said, "O Lord Yahweh, how am I to know that I shall possess it?" 15 9 He said to him, "Bring me a heifer three years old, a she-goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon." 15 10 And he brought him all these, cut them in two, and laid each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. 15 11 And when birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
15 12 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram; and lo, a dread and great darkness fell upon him. 15 13 Then Yahweh said to Abram, "Know of a surety that your descendants will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs, and will be slaves there, and they will be oppressed for four hundred years; 15 14 but I will bring judgment on the nation which they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 15 As for yourself, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. 15 16 And they shall come back here in the fourth generation; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete."
15 17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 15 18 On that day Yahweh made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, 15 19 the land of 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."