1这些事以后，耶和华在异象中对亚伯兰说：“亚伯兰，你不用害怕，我是你的盾牌，我要大大赏赐你。” 2亚伯兰说：“主耶和华啊，你要赐我什么呢？我没有儿子，继承我家业的人是大马士革人以利以谢。” 3亚伯兰又说：“你没有赐我儿子，我家中的仆人将继承我的产业。” 4耶和华又对他说：“这人不会成为你的继承人，你亲生的儿子才是你的继承人。” 5耶和华把亚伯兰带到外面，对他说：“你抬头看看天空，数数繁星，你能数得尽吗？你的后裔必这么多。” 6亚伯兰信耶和华，耶和华便算他为义人。
7耶和华又对他说：“我是耶和华，我带你离开了迦勒底的吾珥，为要把这片土地赐给你。” 8亚伯兰说：“主耶和华啊，我怎么知道我会得到这片土地呢？” 9耶和华说：“你要给我预备三岁的母牛、母山羊和公绵羊各一头，斑鸠和雏鸽各一只。” 10亚伯兰一一照办，把牲畜都劈成两半，一半对着一半地摆列，但没有劈开雀鸟。 11有鸷鸟飞到那些尸体上，亚伯兰赶走了它们。
12太阳下山的时候，亚伯兰睡得很沉，忽然有可怕的黑暗笼罩着他。 13耶和华对他说：“你要清楚知道，你的后裔必流落异乡，被奴役、虐待四百年。 14但我必惩罚奴役他们的国家，之后他们必带着大量的财物离开那里。 15而你必享长寿，安然离世。 16到了第四代15:16 “代”希伯来文可能指人一生的年日。，你的子孙必重回此地，因为亚摩利人现在还没有恶贯满盈。”
17太阳下山后，大地黑暗，突然有冒烟的火炉和点着的火炬在肉块中经过。 18就在那天，耶和华跟亚伯兰立约，说：“我必将这片土地赐给你的后代，使他们得到从埃及河到幼发拉底河一带的土地， 19就是基尼人、基尼洗人、甲摩尼人、 20赫人、比利洗人、利乏音人、 21亚摩利人、迦南人、革迦撒人和耶布斯人的土地。”
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.”
2But 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.” 3Abram continued, “You haven’t given me any children. So this servant of mine will get everything I own.”
4Then 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.” 5The 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.”
6Abram believed the Lord. The Lord was pleased with Abram because he believed. So Abram’s faith made him right with the Lord.
7He 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.”
8But Abram said, “Lord and King, how can I know I will have this land as my own?”
9So 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.”
10Abram 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. 11Then large birds came down to eat the dead bodies of the animals and birds. But Abram chased the large birds away.
12As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep. A thick and scary darkness covered him. 13Then 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. 14But I will punish the nation that makes them slaves. After that, they will leave with many possessions. 15But 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. 16Your 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.”
17The 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. 18On 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. 19It includes the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20Hittites, Perizzites and Rephaites. 21The Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites also live there.”