Some time later, Yahuah spoke to Abraham in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abraham, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”
But Abraham replied, “O Sovereign Yahuah, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.”
Then Yahuah said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” Then Yahuah took Abraham outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”
And Abraham believed Yahuah, and Yahuah counted him as righteous because of his belief.
Then Yahuah told him, “I am Yahuah who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession.”
But Abraham replied, “O Sovereign Yahuah, how can I be sure that I will actually possess it?”
Yahuah told him, “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” So Abraham presented all these to him and killed them. Then he cut each animal down the middle and laid the halves side by side; he did not, however, cut the birds in half. Some vultures swooped down to eat the carcasses, but Abraham chased them away.
As the sun was going down, Abraham fell into a deep sleep, and a terrifying darkness came down over him. Then Yahuah said to Abraham, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years. But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth. (As for you, you will die in peace and be buried at a ripe old age.) After four generations your descendants will return here to this land, for the sins of the Amorites do not yet warrant their destruction.”
After the sun went down and darkness fell, Abraham saw a smoking firepot and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses. So Yahuah made a covenant with Abraham that day and said, “I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River— the land now occupied by the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”