Chapter 15: Yah’s Covenant with Abram
1 After these things the word of Yah came to Abram in a vision saying, “Do not be afraid Abram, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward”. 2 But Abram said, “Master Yah, what will You give me seeing I go childless and the heir of my house is Yliezer of Damascus”? 3 Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring. Indeed one born in my house is my heir”! 4 And behold, the word of Yah came to him saying “This one shall not be your heir but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir”. 5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven (shamayim) and count the stars, if you are able to number them”. And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be”. 6 And he believed in Yah and He accounted it to him for righteousness. 7 Then He said to him, “I am Yah who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to inherit”. 8 And he said, “Master Yah, how shall I know that I will inherit it”? 9 So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtle dove and a young pigeon. 10 Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle and placed each piece opposite the other but he did not cut the birds in two. 11 And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. 12 Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram and behold horror and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs and will serve them and they will afflict them four hundred years”. 14 “And also the nation whom they serve I will judge. Afterward they shall come out with great possessions”. 15 “Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace. You shall be buried at a good old age”. 16 “But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete”. 17 And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces. 18 On the same day Yah made a covenant with Abram saying: “To your descendants I have given this land from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates”. 19 “The Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites”. 20 “The Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim”. 21 “The Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Yebusites”.
Chapter 16: Hagar and Ishmayl
1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, Yah has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go into my maid. Perhaps I shall obtain children by her”. And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai. 3 Then Sarai, Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid , the Egyptian and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. 4 So he went into Hagar and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. Yah judge between you and me”. 6 So Abram said to Sarai, “Indeed your maid is in your hand. Do to her as you please”. And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence. 7 Now the angel (malakim) of Yah found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. 8 And He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going”? She said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai”. 9 The angel of Yah said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit yourself under her hand”. 10 Then the angel of Yah said to her, “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly so that they shall not be counted for multitude”. 11 And the angel of Yah said to her: “Behold, you are with child and you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmayl because Yah has heard your affliction”. 12 He shall be a wild man. His hand shall be against every man and every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brothers”. 13 Then she called the name of Yah who spoke to her, You-Are-The-Power-Who-Sees. For she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me”? 14 Therefore the well was called Beer Lahai Roi (meaning well of the One who lives and sees me). Observe it is between Kadesh and Bered. 15 So Hagar bore Abram a son and Abram named his son whom Hagar bore, Ishmayl. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmayl to Abram.