1750 Challoner Revision of the Douay-Rheims (DR)
1 God encourageth Abram. 2 Abram complaineth for want of an heir. 4 God promiseth him a son, and a multiplying of his seed. 6 Abram is justified by faith. 7 Canaan is promised again, and confirmed by a sign, 12 and a vision.
15:1 ¶ Now when these things were done, the word of the Lord came to Abram by a vision, saying: Fear not, Abram, I am thy protector, and thy reward exceeding great.
15:2 And Abram said: Lord God, what wilt thou give me? I shall go without children: and the son of the steward of my house is this Damascus Eliezer.
15:3 And Abram added: But to me thou hast not given seed: and lo my servant born in my house, shall be my heir.
15:4 And immediately the word of the Lord came to him, saying: He shall not be thy heir: but he that shall come out of thy bowels, him shalt thou have for thy heir.
15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said to him: Look up to heaven and number the stars if thou canst. And he said to him: So shall thy seed be.
15:6 Abram believed God, and it was reputed to him unto justice.
15:7 And he said to him: I am the Lord who brought thee out from Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land, and that thou mightest possess it.
15:8 But he said: Lord God, whereby may I know that I shall possess it?
15:9 And the Lord answered, and said: Take me a cow of three years old, and a she goat of three years. and a ram of three years, a turtle also, and a pigeon.
15:10 And he took all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid the two pieces of each one against the other: but the birds he divided not.
15:11 And the fowls came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.
15:12 And when the sun was setting, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a great and darksome horror seized upon him.
15:13 And it was said unto him: Know thou beforehand that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land not their own, and they shall bring them under bondage, and afflict them four hundred years.
15:14 But I will judge the nation which they shall serve, and after this they shall come out with great substance.
15:15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace, and be buried in a good old age.
15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall return hither: for as yet the iniquities of the Amorrhites are not at the full until this present time.
15:17 And when the sun was set, there arose a dark mist, and there appeared a smoking furnace, and a lamp of fire passing between those divisions.
15:18 That day God made a covenant with Abram, saying: To thy seed will I give this land, from the river to Egypt even to the great river Euphrates.
15:19 The Cineans, and Cenezites, the Cedmonites,
15:20 And the Hethites, and the Pherezites, the Raphaim also,
15:21 And the Amorrhites, and the Chanaanites, and the Gergesites, and the Jebusites.
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