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Covenant with Abraham

(Category 2 of 16)

Category 2 Song called Covenant With Abraham

Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Genesis, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the second of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Genesis, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.

This video explores the main ideas and flow of thought of Genesis Chapters 12-50.

Explore Genesis 12-50

Genesis 12-50 (RS)


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CHAPTER 12 References
1 aActs 7:2, 3
bGen. 13:9
2 aDeut. 26:5
bGen. 22:17;
24:35 cGen.
3 aNum. 24:9
bActs 3:25 cIs.
5 aGen. 14:14
bGen. 11:31
cGen. 13:18
1Lit. souls
6 aHeb. 11:9
bDeut. 11:30
cGen. 10:18,
19 1Heb. Alon
7 aGen. 17:1;
18:1 bGen.
13:15; 15:18;
17:8 1Lit. seed

Promises to Abram


1 Now the aLORD had said to Abram:
“Get bout of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.
2 aI will make you a great nation; bI will bless you And make your name great; cAnd you shall be a blessing.
3 aI will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in byou all the families of the earth shall be cblessed.”
4 So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventyfive years old when he departed from Haran.
5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and athe 1people whom they had acquired bin Haran, and they cdeparted to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.
6 Abram apassed through the land to the place of Shechem, bas far as 1the terebinth tree of Moreh. cAnd the Canaanites were then in the land.
7 aThen the LORD appeared to Abram and said, b“To your 1descen-

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dants I will give this land.” And there he built an caltar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
8 And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the LORD and acalled on the name of the LORD.
9 So Abram journeyed, agoing on still toward the 1South.

Abram in Egypt

10 Now there was aa famine in the land, and Abram bwent down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was csevere in the land.
11 And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “Indeed I know that you are aa woman of beautiful countenance.
12 “Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they awill kill me, but they will let you live.
13 a“Please say you are my bsister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that 1I may live because of you.”
14 So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful.
15 The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh’s house.
16 He atreated Abram well for her sake. He bhad sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
17 But the LORD aplagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife.
18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, a“What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife?
19 “Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’? I might have taken her as my wife. Now therefore, here is your wife; take her and go your way.”
20 aSo Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they sent him away, with his wife and all that he had.

Abram Inherits Canaan


1 Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and aLot with him, bto the 1South.
2 aAbram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
3 And he went on his journey afrom the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,
4 to the aplace of the altar which

7 cGen. 13:4,
18; 22:9
8 aGen. 4:26;
13:4; 21:33
9 aGen. 13:1,
3; 20:1; 24:62
1Heb. Negev
10 aGen. 26:1
bPs. 105:13
cGen. 43:1
11 aGen. 12:14;
26:7; 29:17
12 aGen. 20:11;
13 aGen.
26:6–11 bGen.
20:12 1Lit. my
16 aGen. 20:14
bGen. 13:2
17 a1 Chr.
18 aGen. 20:9,
10; 26:10
20 a[Prov. 21:1]

CHAPTER 13 References
1 aGen. 12:4;
14:12, 16
bGen. 12:9
1Heb. Negev
2 aGen. 24:35;
3 aGen. 12:8, 9
4 aGen. 12:7,
8; 21:33 bPs.
6 aGen. 36:7
1Lit. bear
7 aGen. 26:20
bGen. 12:6;
15:20, 21
8 a1 Cor. 6:7
9 aGen. 20:15;
34:10 bGen.
13:11, 14
c[Rom. 12:18] 10 aGen.
bGen. 19:24
cGen. 2:8, 10
dDeut. 34:3
12 aGen. 19:24,
25, 29 bGen.
14:12; 19:1
13 aGen. 18:20,
21 bGen. 6:11;
14 aGen. 13:11
bGen. 28:14
15 aActs 7:5
b2 Chr. 20:7
1Lit. seed
16 aGen. 22:17
18 aGen. 26:17
bGen. 14:13
cGen. 23:2;
35:27 dGen.
8:20; 22:8, 9
1Heb. Alon

CHAPTER 14 References
1 aGen. 10:10;
11:2 bIs. 11:11;
21:2 1Heb.

he had made there at first. And there Abram bcalled on the name of the LORD.
5 Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents.
6 Now athe land was not able to 1support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.
7 And there was astrife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. bThe Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.
8 So Abram said to Lot, a“Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren.
9 a“Is not the whole land before you? Please bseparate from me. cIf you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”
10 And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all athe plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the LORD bdestroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) clike the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt as you go toward dZoar.
11 Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other.
12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot adwelt in the cities of the plain and bpitched his tent even as far as Sodom.
13 But the men of Sodom awere exceedingly wicked and bsinful against the LORD.
14 And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot ahad separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—bnorthward, southward, eastward, and westward;
15 “for all the land which you see aI give to you and byour 1descendants forever.
16 “And aI will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered.
17 “Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”
18 aThen Abram moved his tent, and went and bdwelt by 1the terebinth trees of Mamre, cwhich are in Hebron, and built an daltar there to the LORD.

Lot’s Captivity and Rescue


1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king aof Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of bElam, and Tidal king of 1nations,

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2 that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of aAdmah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, bZoar).
3 All these joined together in the Valley of Siddim a(that is, the Salt Sea).
4 Twelve years athey served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
5 In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him came and attacked athe Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, bthe Zuzim in Ham, cthe Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim,
6 aand the Horites in their mountain of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is by the wilderness.
7 Then they turned back and came to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and attacked all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who dwelt ain Hazezon Tamar.
8 And the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and joined together in battle in the Valley of Siddim
9 against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of 1nations, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five.
10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of aasphalt pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled; some fell there, and the remainder fled bto the mountains.
11 Then they took aall the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way.
12 They also took Lot, Abram’s abrother’s son bwho dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
13 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the aHebrew, for bhe dwelt by 1the terebinth trees of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner; cand they were allies with Abram.
14 Now awhen Abram heard that bhis brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were cborn in his own house, and went in pursuit das far as Dan.
15 He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants aattacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is 1north of Damascus.
16 So he abrought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.
17 And the king of Sodom awent out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the bKing’s Valley), cafter his return from 1the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.

2 aDeut. 29:23
bGen. 13:10;
3 aNum. 34:12
4 aGen. 9:26
5 aGen. 15:20
bDeut. 2:20
cDeut. 2:10
6 aDeut. 2:12,
7 a2 Chr. 20:2
9 1Heb. goyim
10 aGen. 11:3
bGen. 19:17,
11 aGen. 14:16,
12 aGen. 11:27;
12:5 bGen.
13 aGen. 39:14;
40:15 bGen.
13:18 cGen.
14:24; 21:27,
32 1Heb. Alon
14 aGen. 19:29
bGen. 13:8;
14:12 cGen.
12:5; 15:3;
17:27 dDeut.
15 aIs. 41:2, 3
1Lit. on the
left hand of
16 aGen. 31:18
17 a1 Sam.
18:6 b2 Sam.
18:18 cHeb.
7:1 1Lit. striking
18 aHeb.
7:1–10 bGen.
18:5 cPs.
110:4 dActs
19 aRuth 3:10
bGen. 14:22
20 aGen. 24:27
bHeb. 7:4
21 1Lit. souls
22 aGen. 14:2,
8, 10 bDan.
12:7 cGen.
23 a2 Kin. 5:16

CHAPTER 15 References
1 aDan. 10:1
bGen. 21:17;
26:24 cDeut.
33:29 dProv.
11:18 1Or
your reward
shall be very
2 aGen. 17:18
bActs 7:5 1am
3 aGen. 14:14
1a servant
4 a2 Sam. 7:12
5 aPs. 147:4
bJer. 33:22
cEx. 32:13
dGen. 17:19
6 aRom. 4:3, 9,
22 bPs. 32:2;
7 aGen. 12:1
bGen. 11:28,
31 cPs. 105:42,
8 aLuke 1:18
10 aJer. 34:18


Abram and Melchizedek

18 Then aMelchizedek king of Salem brought out bbread and wine; he was cthe priest of dGod Most High.
19 And he blessed him and said:

a“Blessed be Abram of God Most High, bPossessor of heaven and earth;
20 And ablessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”

And he bgave him 1a tithe of all.
21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the 1persons, and take the goods for yourself.”
22 But Abram asaid to the king of Sodom, “I bhave raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, cthe Possessor of heaven and earth,
23 “that aI will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’—
24 “except only what the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.”

God’s Covenant with Abram


1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram ain a vision, saying, b“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your cshield, 1your exceedingly dgreat reward.”
2 aBut Abram said, “Lord GOD, what will You give me, bseeing I 1go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”
3 Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed aone1 born in my house is my heir!”
4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who awill come from your own body shall be your heir.”
5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and acount the bstars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, c“So shall your ddescendants be.”
6 And he abelieved in the LORD, and He baccounted it to him for righteousness.
7 Then He said to him, “I am the LORD, who abrought you out of bUr of the Chaldeans, cto give you this land to inherit it.”
8 And he said, “Lord GOD, ahow 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 turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
10 Then he brought all these to Him and acut them in two, down the

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middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut bthe 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, aa deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him.
13 Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly athat your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and bthey will afflict them four hundred years.
14 “And also the nation whom they serve aI will judge; afterward bthey shall come out with great possessions. 15 “Now as for you, ayou shall 1go bto your fathers in peace; cyou shall be buried at a good old age.
16 “But ain the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity bof the Amorites cis 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 apassed between those pieces.
18 On the same day the LORD amade a covenant with Abram, saying: b“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 Jebusites.”

10 bLev. 1:17
12 aGen. 2:21;
13 aEx. 1:11
bEx. 12:40
14 aEx. 6:6
bEx. 12:36
15 aJob 5:26
bGen. 25:8;
47:30 cGen.
25:8 1Die and
join your
16 aEx. 12:41
b1 Kin. 21:26
cMatt. 23:32
17 aJer. 34:18,
18 aGen. 24:7
bGen. 12:7;

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The Safety of the Faithful

To the 1Chief Musician.With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

1 HEAR me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; 1Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

2 How long, O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah
3 But know that athe LORD has 1set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him.

PSALM 4 References

title 1Choir
1 1Be gracious
to me
3 a[2 Tim.
2:19] 1Many
Heb. mss.,
LXX, Tg.,Vg.
made wonderful
4 a[Ps. 119:11;
Eph. 4:26] bPs. 77:6 1Lit.
Tremble or Be
5 aDeut. 33:19;
Ps. 51:19 bPs.
37:3, 5; 62:8
6 aNum. 6:26;
Ps. 80:3, 7, 19
7 aPs. 97:11,
12; Is. 9:3;
Acts 14:17
8 aJob 11:19;
Ps. 3:5 b[Lev.
25:18]; Deut.

4 aBe1 angry, and do not sin. bMeditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah
5 Offer athe sacrifices of righteousness, And bput your trust in the LORD.

6 There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” aLORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
7 You have put agladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
8 aI will both lie down in peace, and sleep; bFor You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.




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