And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage
At the end of the four hundred years, and which was the Egyptian nation:
I will judge, said God;
that is, condemn and punish them, as he did, by inflicting the ten plagues upon them:
and after that they shall come forth;
out of the land of Egypt, and their hard bondage there; and which was brought about by the judgments executed upon the Egyptians:
and serve me in this place;
in the land of Canaan; though these words are not to be found in ( Genesis 15:13 ) what comes nearest them is in ( Exodus 3:12 ) . "Ye shall serve God upon this mountain"; meaning Mount Horeb, where Moses then was, and from whence the law was afterwards given.