15:1After 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.
15:2And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
15:3And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
15:4And, 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.
15:5And 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.
15:6And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
15:7And 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.
15:8And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
15:9And 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.
15:10And 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.
15:11And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.
15:12And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
15:13And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
15:14And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
15:15And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
15:16But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
15:17And 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.
15:18In 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:
15:19The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
15:20And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
15:21And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
18:1And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
18:2And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
18:3And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
18:4Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
18:5And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
18:6And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.
18:7And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.
18:8And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
18:9And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
18:10And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
18:11Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
18:12Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
18:13And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
18:14Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
18:15Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.
18:16And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
18:17And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
18:18Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
18:19For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
18:20And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
18:21I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
18:22And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.