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1 Mosebog 15

Guds løfte til Abram

1Senere talte Herren til Abram i et syn: „Vær ikke bange, Abram, for jeg er med dig, og jeg vil belønne dig rigeligt.” 2-3 „Men almægtige Herre,” udbrød Abram, „hvad skal jeg med din velsignelse, hvis jeg dør barnløs? Min tjener Eliezer kommer til at arve al min rigdom, for du har jo ikke givet mig en søn.” Men Herren svarede: „Nej, han skal ikke være din arving. Det skal din egen søn!”

Herren førte nu Abram udenfor og sagde: „Kig op mod himlen og prøv at tælle stjernerne. Dine efterkommere skal blive lige så talrige.” Abram troede på, hvad Herren sagde, og derfor blev han accepteret.

Herren fortsatte: „Jeg er Herren, som førte dig fra din hjemby Ur for at give dig det land, du nu bor i.” Men Abram indvendte: „Almægtige Herre, hvordan kan jeg være sikker på, at du vil give mig det?” Da sagde Herren: „Bring mig en treårs kvie, en treårs ged, en treårs vædder, en turteldue og en ung due.”[a] 10 Abram hentede dyrene og slagtede dem. Så skar han dem midt igennem på langs og lagde halvdelene overfor hinanden. Dog skar han ikke fuglene over. 11 Straks slog gribbene ned på de døde dyr, men Abram jog dem bort.

12 Hen mod aften faldt Abram i en dyb søvn, og et stort og frygteligt mørke sænkede sig over ham.

13 Da sagde Herren til Abram: „Dine efterkommere vil komme til at opleve slaveri og undertrykkelse i et fremmed land i 400 år, 14 men jeg vil straffe det folk, som undertrykker dem, og til sidst skal dit folk rejse bort derfra med megen rigdom. 15 (Dette skal dog ikke ske i din tid. Du skal nå en høj alder og dø i fred.) 16 Fire generationer[b] senere skal de vende tilbage til dette land. På det tidspunkt er amoritternes synd blevet så voldsom, at jeg må straffe dem.”

17 Da Abram vågnede, var solen gået ned, og han så noget som en rygende ovn eller en flammende fakkel passere midt imellem halvdelene af de døde dyr. 18 Sådan bekræftede Herren den dag pagten med Abram. „Jeg giver dette land til dig og dine efterkommere,” sagde han, „lige fra grænsen til Egypten mod syd og op til Eufratfloden mod nord—hele det område, 19 som bebos af kenitterne, kenizzitterne, kadmonitterne, 20 hittitterne, perizzitterne, refaitterne, 21 amoritterne, kanaʼanæerne, girgashitterne og jebusitterne.”

Notas al pie

  1. 15,9 Et offer for at bekræfte indgåelsen af en pagt.
  2. 15,16 Folk levede længe dengang, så en generation kunne være op til 100 år.

New International Reader's Version

Genesis 15

God Makes a Covenant With Abram

1Some time later, Abram had a vision. The Lord said to him,

“Abram, do not be afraid.
    I am like a shield to you.
    I am your very great reward.”

But Abram said, “Lord and King, what can you give me? I still don’t have any children. My servant Eliezer comes from Damascus. When I die, he will get everything I own.” Abram continued, “You haven’t given me any children. So this servant of mine will get everything I own.”

Then a message from the Lord came to Abram. The Lord said, “When you die, what you have will not go to this man. You will have a son of your own. He will get everything you have.” The Lord took Abram outside and said, “Look up at the sky. Count the stars, if you can.” Then he said to him, “That’s how many children will be born into your family.”

Abram believed the Lord. The Lord was pleased with Abram because he believed. So Abram’s faith made him right with the Lord.

He also said to Abram, “I am the Lord. I brought you out of Ur in the land of Babylon. I will give you this land to have as your very own.”

But Abram said, “Lord and King, how can I know I will have this land as my own?”

So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a young cow, a goat and a ram. Each must be three years old. Bring a dove and a young pigeon along with them.”

10 Abram brought all of them to the Lord. Abram cut them in two and placed the halves opposite each other. But he didn’t cut the birds in half. 11 Then large birds came down to eat the dead bodies of the animals and birds. But Abram chased the large birds away.

12 As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep. A thick and scary darkness covered him. 13 Then the Lord said to him, “You can be sure of what I am about to tell you. For 400 years, your family who comes after you will be strangers in another country. They will become slaves there and will be treated badly. 14 But I will punish the nation that makes them slaves. After that, they will leave with many possessions. 15 But you will die in peace. You will join the members of your family who have already died. And you will be buried when you are very old. 16 Your children’s grandchildren will come back here. That’s because the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached the point where I must punish them.”

17 The sun set and it became dark. Then a burning torch and a pot filled with smoking coals appeared. They passed between the pieces of the animals that had been cut in two. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram. He said, “I am giving this land to your family who comes after you. It reaches from the River of Egypt to the great Euphrates River. 19 It includes the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites and Rephaites. 21 The Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites also live there.”