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創世記 15:1-21

上帝與亞伯蘭立約

1這些事以後,耶和華在異象中對亞伯蘭說:「亞伯蘭,你不用害怕,我是你的盾牌,我要大大賞賜你。」 2亞伯蘭說:「主耶和華啊,你要賜我什麼呢?我沒有兒子,繼承我家業的人是大馬士革以利以謝。」 3亞伯蘭又說:「你沒有賜我兒子,我家中的僕人將繼承我的產業。」 4耶和華又對他說:「這人不會成為你的繼承人,你親生的兒子才是你的繼承人。」 5耶和華把亞伯蘭帶到外面,對他說:「你抬頭看看天空,數數繁星,你能數得盡嗎?你的後裔必這麼多。」 6亞伯蘭信耶和華,耶和華便算他為義人。

7耶和華又對他說:「我是耶和華,我帶你離開了迦勒底吾珥,為要把這片土地賜給你。」 8亞伯蘭說:「主耶和華啊,我怎麼知道我會得到這片土地呢?」 9耶和華說:「你要給我預備三歲的母牛、母山羊和公綿羊各一頭,斑鳩和雛鴿各一隻。」 10亞伯蘭一一照辦,把牲畜都劈成兩半,一半對著一半地擺列,但沒有劈開雀鳥。 11有鷙鳥飛到那些屍體上,亞伯蘭趕走了牠們。

12太陽下山的時候,亞伯蘭睡得很沉,忽然有可怕的黑暗籠罩著他。 13耶和華對他說:「你要清楚知道,你的後裔必流落異鄉,被奴役、虐待四百年。 14但我必懲罰奴役他們的國家,之後他們必帶著大量的財物離開那裡。 15而你必享長壽,安然離世。 16到了第四代15·16 」希伯來文可能指人一生的年日。,你的子孫必重回此地,因為亞摩利人現在還沒有惡貫滿盈。」

17太陽下山後,大地黑暗,突然有冒煙的火爐和點著的火炬在肉塊中經過。 18就在那天,耶和華跟亞伯蘭立約,說:「我必將這片土地賜給你的後代,使他們得到從埃及河到幼發拉底河一帶的土地, 19就是基尼人、基尼洗人、甲摩尼人、 20人、比利洗人、利乏音人、 21亞摩利人、迦南人、革迦撒人和耶布斯人的土地。」

New International Reader's Version

Genesis 15:1-21

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.”