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And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
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.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

15:3 mine heir. The Nuzi tablets indicate that a childless couple could legally adopt a servant as their ostensible heir. Apparently Abraham had done this in the case of Eliezer.

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