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1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. 2 And Abram said, LORD God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. 4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. 7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. 8 And he said, LORD God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? 9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. 10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. 11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. 12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not their's, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. 17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

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1 Cary W = "God Himself is both our shield and our very great reward, and therefore aught we not to fear or dread what may come, but have great confidence in His presence and provision."
2 Cary W = "The Father's great heart toward his sons is first revealed here with Abraham, whom God is about to ask to experience what He shall soon experience as Father of the Lord Christ.God longs to give each of us the entire Kingdom of God, which is all that He created; He can only do that in reality if there be countless kingdoms within kingdoms, too numerous to mention."
3 Sarah R = "This verse is quoted many times in the New Testament (Romans 4:3,22; Galatians 3:6; James 2:23) illustrating how faith leads to salvation."
4 Cary W = "God speaks to Abraham, one father to another, here revealing that though Abraham believed God, was counted righteous, and would be a father to not only a son, but many nations, He also informs him that his offspring will be going through a 400 year ordeal and come out of victorious and into this promised land."
5 Sarah R = "The covenant with Abram prefigures the New Covenant brought through Jesus: God made a unilateral contract with Abram - He alone passed through the blood of the animals to show His commitment. Abram only had to believe and receive by faith, then his descendants would be possessors of the promised land. God made a unilateral contract with us as well. Jesus passed through death on a cross and His own blood to show His commitment. All we have to do is believe and receive by faith, that we might be possessors of the promised land - Heaven, and eternal life."