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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Genesis 15:8–18

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8 He said, “O Lord 1God, ahow may I know that I will 2possess it?”

9 So He said to him, “1Bring Me a three year old heifer, and a three year old female goat, and a three year old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”

10 Then he 1brought all these to Him and acut them 2in two, and laid each half opposite the other; but he bdid not cut the birds.

11 The birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.

12 Now when the sun was going down, aa deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, 1terror and great darkness fell upon him.

13 God said to Abram, “Know for certain that ayour 1descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, 2where bthey will be enslaved and oppressed cfour hundred years.

14 “But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out awith 1many possessions.

15 “As for you, ayou shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age.

16 “Then in athe fourth generation they will return here, for bthe iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.”

17 It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which apassed between these pieces.

18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying,

aTo your 1descendants I have given this land,

From bthe river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:

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Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord

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Or inherit

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Lit Take

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Lit took

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Lit in the midst

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Or a terror of great darkness

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Lit seed

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Lit and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them

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Lit great

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Lit seed

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