New International Version

Genesis 15

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,[a]
    your very great reward.[b]

But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit[c] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

Then 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.” He 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 offspring[d] be.”

Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

He 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.”

But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”

So 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.”

10 Abram 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. 11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.

12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. 13 Then 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. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 15 You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. 16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”

17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi[e] of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 15:1 Or sovereign
  2. Genesis 15:1 Or shield; / your reward will be very great
  3. Genesis 15:2 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  4. Genesis 15:5 Or seed
  5. Genesis 15:18 Or river

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 15

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。」 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人以利以謝。」 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。」 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。」 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。」 亞伯蘭信耶和華,耶和華便算他為義人。

耶和華又對他說:「我是耶和華,我帶你離開了迦勒底的吾珥,為要把這片土地賜給你。」 亞伯蘭說:「主耶和華啊,我怎麼知道我會得到這片土地呢?」 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[a],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 赫人、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。」

Footnotes

  1. 15·16 」希伯來文可能指人一生的年日。