New International Version

Genesis 15:1-21

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.”

Luganda Contemporary Bible

Olubereberye 15:1-21

Endagaano ya Mukama ne Ibulaamu

115:1 a Dan 10:1 b Lub 21:17; 26:24; 46:3; 2Bk 6:16; Zab 27:1; Is 41:10, 13-14 c Ma 33:29; 2Sa 22:3, 31; Zab 3:3Ebyo nga biwedde, ekigambo kya Mukama ne kijjira Ibulaamu mu kwolesebwa nti,

“Totya Ibulaamu,

Nze ngabo yo

era empeera yo ennene ennyo.”

215:2 Bik 7:5Naye Ibulaamu n’addamu nti, “Kiki ky’olimpa Ayi Mukama Katonda, kubanga sirina mwana, n’omusika w’ennyumba yange ye Eryeza ow’omu Ddamasiko?” 315:3 Lub 24:2, 34Ibulaamu ne yeeyongera n’agamba nti, “Laba tompadde mwana; omuddu eyazaalibwa mu nnyumba yange ye musika wange.”

415:4 Bag 4:28Laba ekigambo kya Mukama ne kimujjira nti, “Omusajja oyo tagenda kuba musika wo; mutabani wo, y’aliba omusika wo.” 515:5 a Zab 147:4; Yer 33:22 b Lub 12:2; 22:17; Kuv 32:13; Bar 4:18*; Beb 11:12N’amufulumya ebweru n’amugamba nti, “Tunuulira eggulu, obale emunyeenye, obanga osobola okuzibala.” Awo n’amugamba nti, “N’ezzadde lyo bwe liriba bwe lityo.”

615:6 Zab 106:31; Bar 4:3*, 20-24*; Bag 3:6*; Yak 2:23*Ibulaamu n’akkiriza Mukama, n’akimubalira okuba obutuukirivu. 7N’amugamba nti, “Nze Mukama eyakuggya mu Uli ensi ey’Abakaludaaya, nkuwe ensi eno ebeere yiyo.” 815:8 Luk 1:18Ibulaamu n’addamu nti, “Ayi Mukama nnaamanya ntya nti eriba yange?” 9Mukama n’amuddamu nti, “Ndeetera ennyana eyaakamala emyaka esatu, embuzi ey’emyaka esatu, endiga ensajja ey’emyaka esatu, kaamukuukulu n’ejjiba.”

1015:10 a nny 17; Yer 34:18 b Lv 1:17Ibulaamu n’abireeta byonna n’abisalamu wakati n’ateeka buli kitundu kungulu ku kinnaakyo, naye ebinyonyi byo teyabisalamu bitundu nga biri. 11Ensega bwe zajja okubirya, Ibulaamu n’azigoba.

1215:12 Lub 2:21Enjuba yali egwa, Ibulaamu ne yeebaka otulo tungi; era laba, ekizikiza ekingi eky’amaanyi ne kimubuutikira. 1315:13 a nny 16; Kuv 12:40; Bik 7:6, 17 b Kuv 1:11Awo Mukama n’agamba Ibulaamu nti, “Manyira ddala nti ezzadde lyo baliba batambuze mu nsi eteri yaabwe, era baliba baddu eyo, balibonyaabonyezebwa eyo okumala emyaka ebikumi bina. 1415:14 a Bik 7:7* b Kuv 12:32-38Naye ndibonereza eggwanga lye balikolera n’oluvannyuma balivaayo n’obugagga bungi. 1515:15 Lub 25:8Naye ggwe oligenda mirembe eri bajjajjaabo; oliziikibwa ng’owangaalidde ddala nnyo. 1615:16 1Bk 21:26Era balikomawo wano mu mulembe ogwokuna; kubanga obutali butuukirivu bw’Omwamoli tebunnayitirira.”

1715:17 nny 10Enjuba bwe yagwa ng’ekizikiza kikutte, laba, ensuwa eyaka omuliro era enyooka omukka n’ekimulisa ne biyita wakati w’ebitundu bino. 1815:18 a Lub 12:7 b Kbl 34:5Ku lunaku olwo Mukama n’akola endagaano ne Ibulaamu ng’agamba nti, “Ezadde lyo ndiwa ensi eno, okuva ku mugga ogw’e Misiri okutuuka ku mugga omunene, omugga Fulaati: 19Omukeeni, n’Omukenizi, n’Omukadumoni, 20n’Omukiiti, n’Omuperizi, n’Abaleefa, 21n’Omwamoli, n’Omukanani, n’Omugirugaasi n’Omuyebusi, mbagabula mu mukono gwo.”