- 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.
Fear not (because of these things which just happened) but know that I am your shied (meaning nothing can touch or harm you –at least without going through me and I am your reward. Your reward is beyond great.
- 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?
Abram: Lord, you see that I’m childless. What will you give me? Since I have no heir, nothing you give me stays as it would not go to a son of mine. It would all go to Eliezer of Damascus (remember that God already told him he would have innumerable seed).
- And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
Anyone born in my house can be called an heir. So Eliezer of Damascus was born in the house.
- 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.
That’s not your heir. Don’t be worried. Your heir will come out of you.
- 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.
Look at the stars. Your seed will be like the stars. Innumerable (first dust).
- And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
And he believed God in his heart. God saw that he believed and God counted it to him as righteousness. It was credited to him for righteousness because on a normal ground, it would seem impossible. Stars are innumerable and Abram was old. But somehow, he believed.
- 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.
I brought you to this land to inherit it.
- And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
God, how will I know I will inherit it?
- And he said unto him, Take me a 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.
Take a 3year old cow that is yet to have calves, a she-goat of the same age, a ram of the same age as well as well as a turtle dove and a young pigeon.
- 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.
And Abram killed them in a sacrificial way but did not cut the birds (we already established that some animals can and cannot be used for burnt offering)
- And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
And the turtle dove and pigeon came on the cut pieces and Abram sent them away.
- And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him.
That very evening Abram fell into a deep sleep and great darkness came upon him.
- And 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;
God told Abram: Your seed will be strangers in strange lands and shall serve there and be afflicted for 400years.
- And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
Then, I will judge the nation they served, there and then would your seed come out with great substance.
- And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
And you will die of old age and not disease of any kind and you will go in peace.
- But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
In the fourth generation, your seed shall return again, because the iniquity of Amorites is not yet full (so they can’t be punished yet).
- 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.
When the sun finally set, a furnace/lamp of fire came for the sacrifice Abram had moulded earlier.
- In that 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:
And a covenant was made with Abram that day for the Lord had goven his seed the land.
- the Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
- and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaim,
- And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.