God encourageth Abram.
Genesis 15:1 After these things, the worde of the Lorde came vnto Abram in a vision, saying, Feare not, Abram, I am thy buckler, and thine exceeding great reward.
Abram complaineth for want of an heir.
Genesis 15:2 And Abram said, O Lord God, what wilt thou giue me, seeing I goe childlesse, and the steward of mine house is this Eliezer of Damascus? Genesis 15:3 Againe Abram saide, Beholde, to me thou hast giuen no seede: wherefore loe, a seruant of mine house shalbe mine heire.
God promiseth him a son, and a multiplying of his seed.
Genesis 15:4 Then beholde, the worde of the Lorde came vnto him, saying, This man shall not be thine heire, but one that shall come out of thine owne bowels, he shalbe thine heire. Genesis 15:5 Moreouer he brought him forth and said, Looke vp nowe vnto heauen, and tell ye starres, if thou be able to number them: and he said vnto him, So shall thy seede be.
Abram is justified by faith.
Genesis 15:6 And Abram beleeued the Lorde, and he counted that to him for righteousnesse.
Canaan is promised again, and confirmed by a sign,
Genesis 15:7 Againe he saide vnto him, I am the Lord, that brought thee out of Vr of the Caldees, to giue thee this land to inherite it. Genesis 15:8 And he said, O Lord God, whereby shall I knowe that I shall inherite it? Genesis 15:9 Then he said vnto him, Take me an heifer of three yeeres olde, and a shee goate of three yeeres olde, and a ramme of three yeeres olde, a turtle doue also and a pigeon. Genesis 15:10 So he tooke all these vnto him, and deuided them into the middes, & laid euery piece one against an other: but the birdes deuided he not. Genesis 15:11 Then foules fell on the carkases, and Abram droue them away.
and a vision.
Genesis 15:12 And when the sunne went downe, there fell an heauie sleepe vpon Abram: and loe, a very fearefull darkenes fell vpon him. Genesis 15:13 Then he saide to Abram, Knowe for a suretie, that thy seede shalbe a stranger in a land, that is not theirs, foure hundreth yeeres, and shall serue them: & they shall intreate them euill. Genesis 15:14 Notwithstanding the nation, whom they shall serue, will I iudge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. Genesis 15:15 But thou shalt goe vnto thy fathers in peace, and shalt be buried in a good age. Genesis 15:16 And in the fourth generation they shall come hither againe: for the wickednes of the Amorites is not yet full. Genesis 15:17 Also when the sunne went downe, there was a darkenes: & behold, a smoking fornace, and a firebrand, which went betweene those pieces. Genesis 15:18 In that same day the Lord made a couenant with Abram, saying, Vnto thy seede haue I giuen this lande, from the riuer of Egypt vnto the great riuer, the riuer Euphrates. Genesis 15:19 The Kenites, and the Kenizites, and the Kadmonites, Genesis 15:20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, Genesis 15:21 The Amorites also, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Iebusites.