God promiseth seed to Abram. His faith, sacrifice and vision.
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.
His itaque transactis, factus est sermo Domini ad Abram per visionem dicens : Noli timere, Abram : ego protector tuus sum, et merces tua magna nimis.
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.
Dixitque Abram : Domine Deus, quid dabis mihi? ego vadam absque liberis, et filius procuratoris domus meae iste Damascus Eliezer.
3 And Abram added: But to me thou hast not given seed: and lo my servant, born in my house, shall be my heir.
Addiditque Abram : Mihi autem non dedisti semen, et ecce vernaculus meus, haeres meus erit.
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.
Statimque sermo Domini factus est ad eum, dicens : Non erit hic haeres tuus, sed qui egredietur de utero tuo, ipsum habebis haeredem.
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.
Eduxitque eum foras, et ait illi : Suscipe caelum, et numera stellas, si potes. Et dixit ei : Sic erit semen tuum.
6 Abram believed God, and it was reputed to him unto justice.
Credidit Abram Deo, et reputatum est illi ad justitiam.
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.
Dixitque ad eum : Ego Dominus qui eduxi te de Ur Chaldaeorum ut darem tibi terram istam, et possideres eam.
8 But he said: Lord God, whereby may I know that I shall possess it?
At ille ait : Domine Deus, unde scire possum quod possessurus sim eam?
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.
Et respondens Dominus : Sume, inquit, mihi vaccam trienem, et capram trimam, et arietem annorum trium, turturem quoque et columbam.
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.
Qui tollens universa haec, divisit ea per medium, et utrasque partes contra se altrinsecus posuit; aves autem non divisit.
11 And the fowls came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.
Descenderuntque volucres super cadavera, et abigebat eas Abram.
12 And when the sun was setting, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a great and darksome horror seized upon him.
Cumque sol occumberet, sopor irruit super Abram, et horror magnus et tenebrosus invasit eum.
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.
Dictumque est ad eum : Scito praenoscens quod peregrinum futurum sit semen tuum in terra non sua, et subjicient eos servituti, et affligent quadringentis annis.
14 But I will judge the nation which they shall serve, and after this they shall come out with great substance.
Verumtamen gentem, cui servituri sunt, ego judicabo : et post haec egredientur cum magna substantia.
15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace, and be buried in a good old age.
Tu autem ibis ad patres tuos in pace, sepultus in senectute bona.
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.
Generatione autem quarta revertentur huc : necdum enim completae sunt iniquitates Amorrhaeorum usque ad praesens tempus.
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.
Cum ergo occubuisset sol, facta est caligo tenebrosa, et apparuit clibanus fumans, et lampas ignis transiens inter divisiones illas.
18 That day God made a covenant with Abram, saying: To thy seed will I give this land, from the river of Egypt even to the great river Euphrates.
In illo die pepigit Dominus foedus cum Abram, dicens : Semini tuo dabo terram hanc a fluvio Aegypti usque ad fluvium magnum Euphraten,
19 The Cineans and Cenezites, the Cedmonites,
Cinaeos, et Cenezaeos, Cedmonaeos,
20 And the Hethites, and the Pherezites, the Raphaim also,
et Hethaeos, et Pherezaeos, Raphaim quoque,
21 And the Amorrhites, and the Chanaanites, and the Gergesites, and the Jebusites.
et Amorrhaeos, et Chananaeos, et Gergesaeos, et Jebusaeos.