The Lord’s Covenant With Abram
1After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,15:1 Or sovereign
your very great reward.15:1 Or shield; / your reward will be very great”
2But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit15:2 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain. my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
4Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring15:5 Or seed be.”
6Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
7He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.”
8But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”
9So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.”
10Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. 11Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.
12As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. 13Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 15You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. 16In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”
17When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. 18On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi15:18 Or river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— 19the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”
Onyankopɔn Ne Abram Apam
1Eyinom akyi no, Awurade kasa kyerɛɛ Abram wɔ anisoadehu mu se,
Meyɛ wo nkatabo.
Meyɛ wo kyɛfa a ɛsom bo.”
2Abram nso buae se, “Awurade Nyankopɔn, dɛn na wode bɛma me wɔ bere a minni ɔba. Onipa a obedi mʼade no yɛ Damaskoni Elieser?” 3Na Abram toaa so se, “Wommaa me mma nti, akoa a wɔwoo no wɔ me fi no na obedi mʼade.”
4Na Awurade ka kyerɛɛ Abram se, “Saa ɔbarima yi renni wʼade da, gye wʼankasa wo yafunumma.” 5Onyankopɔn de Abram kɔɔ afikyiri, na ɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Ma wʼani so hwɛ soro na hwɛ sɛ wubetumi akan soro nsoromma ana.” Afei, Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Abram se, “Saa ara na wʼasefo bɛdɔɔso nen.”
6Abram gyee asɛm a Awurade kae no dii. Ne saa nti, Awurade buu no onipa trenee.
7Awurade Nyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Abram bio se, “Mene Awurade a mede wo fi Ur a ɛwɔ Kaldeafo asase so bae sɛ mede saa asase yi rema wo sɛ wʼagyapade.”
8Nanso Abram kae se, “Ɔsorosoro Awurade, ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na mehu sɛ asase no bɛyɛ me dea?”
9Awurade ka kyerɛɛ Abram se, “Fa nantwi ba a wadi mfe abiɛsa, abirekyibere a wadi mfe abiɛsa, Odwennini a wadi mfe abiɛsa, agyenkuku ne aborɔnoma ba brɛ me.”
10Abram de eyinom nyinaa brɛɛ Onyankopɔn, paapae wɔn mu abien abien, na ɔde afaafa no kyerɛkyerɛɛ anim, de guguu hɔ. Na nnomaa no de, wampaapae wɔn mu. 11Na apete besisii mmoa no afunu so no, Abram pam wɔn.
12Bere a owia rekɔtɔ no, Abram daa hatee, na sum kabii a ɛyɛ hu tɔɔ ne so. 13Afei, Awurade ka kyerɛɛ Abram se, “Gye di sɛ wʼasefo bɛyɛ ahɔho wɔ asase a ɛnyɛ wɔn dea so. Wɔbɛyɛ nkoa wɔ ɔman no mu, asom, na wɔayɛ wɔn ayayade mfe ahannan. 14Nanso mɛtwe saa ɔman a wʼasefo bɛsom wɔn no aso, na ɛno akyi no, wobefi ɔman a wɔsom mu no mu aba sɛ adefo. 15Wo de, wubewu asomdwoe mu. Wubenyin akyɛ yiye ansa na woawu. 16Nanso awo ntoatoaso a ɛto so anan no mu, wʼasefo bɛsan aba saa ɔman yi mu bio. Efisɛ saa bere yi, Amorifo a wɔte saa asase yi so nnɛ yi bɔne a wɔyɛ no nnya nnuu nea wɔtwe wɔn aso ma ɛyɛ yiye ɛ.”
17Na ɛbaa sɛ owia kɔtɔe, na sum durui no, Abram huu ogyaframa bi sɛ ɛrefi wusiw ne ogyatɛn a ɛredɛw bɛfaa mmoa a wɔakum wɔn no afunu afaafa no ntam. 18Saa da no ara, Awurade ne Abram yɛɛ apam, kae se, “Mede saa asase a efi Misraim asubɔnten no ho, de kosi asubɔnten kɛse Eufrate ho bɛma wo ne wʼasefo. 19Saa ara nso na mede Kenifo, Kenesifo, Kadmonifo, 20Hetifo, Perisifo, Refaimfo, 21Amorifo, Kanaanfo, Girgasifo ne Yebusifo nsase nyinaa bɛma wo ne wʼasefo no.”