Genesis 15:16
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New International Version
In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure."

New Living Translation
After four generations your descendants will return here to this land, for the sins of the Amorites do not yet warrant their destruction."

English Standard Version
And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

New American Standard Bible
"Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete."

King James Bible
But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure."

International Standard Version
Your descendants will return here in the fourth generation, since the iniquity of the Amorites has not yet run its course."

NET Bible
In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, because the sin of the Amorites will not have run its course until then."

Jubilee Bible 2000
But in the fourth generation they shall come here again; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

King James 2000 Bible
But in the fourth generation they shall come here again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.

American King James Version
But in the fourth generation they shall come here again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

American Standard Version
And in the fourth generation they shall come hither again; for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full.

Douay-Rheims Bible
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.

Darby Bible Translation
And [in the] fourth generation they shall come hither again; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

English Revised Version
And in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full.

Webster's Bible Translation
But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

World English Bible
In the fourth generation they will come here again, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full."

Young's Literal Translation
and the fourth generation doth turn back hither, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:12-16 A deep sleep fell upon Abram; with this sleep a horror of great darkness fell upon him: a sudden change. The children of light do not always walk in the light. Several things were then foretold. 1. The suffering state of Abram's seed for a long time. They shall be strangers. The heirs of heaven are strangers on earth. They shall be servants; but Canaanites serve under a curse, the Hebrews under a blessing. They shall be suffers. Those that are blessed and beloved of God, are often sorely afflicted by wicked men. 2. The judgment of the enemies of Abram's seed. Though God may allow persecutors and oppressors to trample upon his people a great while, he will certainly reckon with them at last. 3. That great event, the deliverance of Abram's seed out of Egypt, is here foretold. 4. Their happy settlement in Canaan. They shall come hither again. The measure of sin fills gradually. Some people's measure of sin fills slowly. The knowledge of future events would seldom add to our comfort. In the most favoured families, and most happy lives, there are so many afflictions, that it is merciful in God to conceal what will befall us and ours.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - But in the fourth generation, - τετάρτη δὲ γενεᾷ (LXX.); but, more correctly, the fourth generation, calculating 100 years to a generation. "Caleb was the fourth from Judah, and Moses from Levi, and so doubtless many others" (Bush). Drs. Oort and Kuenen, reckoning four generations as a far shorter space of time than four centuries, detect a contradiction between this verse and Ver. 13, and an evidence of the free use which the ancient and uncritical Israelitish author made of his materials ('Bible for Young People,' vol. 1. p. 158). On the import of דּור vide Genesis 6:9 - they shall come hither again (literally, shall return hither): for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. Literally, for not completed the iniquity of the Amorites (vide Genesis 14:7; here put for the entire population! until then (the same word as "hither, which is its usual signification).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And in the fourth generation they shall come hither again,.... The seed of Abram were in the land of Canaan before their descent into Egypt; and it is here predicted and promised, that they should come thither again, as they did, in the fourth generation of those that descended thither; for Moses and Aaron were the fourth from Levi, or Eleazar from Kohath, and Caleb from Judah; or rather this was in the fourth age or century from the birth of Isaac, when the four hundred were up before mentioned, men living at that time about an hundred years: Grotius interprets this of the fourth generation of the Amorites, because of what follows:

for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full; and therefore as yet would not be turned out of the land, and the seed of Abram could not till then inherit it: wicked people have a measure of iniquity to fill up, which is known of God; some are longer, some are quicker in filling it up, during which time God waits patiently and bears with them; but, when it is completed, he stays no longer, but takes vengeance on them, Matthew 23:32. The Amorites were only one of the nations of the Canaanites, but were a very strong and powerful one, and are put for them all, and are the rather mentioned, because Abram at this time dwelt among them; and it seems as if there were some good men among them, such as the confederates of Abram might be, and they were not arrived to that depth of wickedness they afterwards would and did, and which brought on their ruin, and so made way for the posterity of Abram to inherit their land. Ben Melech interprets it of the punishment of the sin of the Amorites, the time for that was not come to dispossess them of their land.



Genesis 15:16 Additional Commentaries
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God Confirms His Promise
15"As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age. 16"Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete." 17It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed between these pieces.…
Cross References
1 Thessalonians 2:16
in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.

Genesis 15:13
Then the LORD said to him, "Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there.

Exodus 12:40
Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years.

Leviticus 18:24
"'Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled.

1 Kings 21:26
He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel.)

2 Kings 21:11
"Manasseh king of Judah has committed these detestable sins. He has done more evil than the Amorites who preceded him and has led Judah into sin with his idols.
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But in the fourth generation they shall come here again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

in the.

Exodus 12:40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelled in Egypt, …

Amorites.

1 Kings 21:26 And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things …

2 Peter 3:8,9 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is …

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Daniel 8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are …

Zechariah 5:5-11 Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said to me, Lift …

Matthew 23:32-35 Fill you up then the measure of your fathers…

1 Thessalonians 2:16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, …

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