Genesis 15:8

8 But he said, "O Lord GOD, 1how am I to know that I shall possess it?"

Genesis 15:8 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 15:8

And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall
inherit it?
] Not as questioning or doubting whether he should or not; but this he asked for the further confirmation of his faith in the promise, and for the sake of his posterity, that they might more easily and strongly believe that they should inherit the land given and promised to them; nor is it culpable to ask a sign of God with such a view; good men have done it, as Gideon, ( Judges 6:36-40 ) , and Hezekiah, ( 2 Kings 20:8-11 ) , without being blamed for it; yea, Ahaz is blamed for not asking one, ( Isaiah 7:10-13 ) .

Genesis 15:8 In-Context

6 And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
7 And he said to him, "I am the LORD who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess."
8 But he said, "O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?"
9 He said to him, "Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon."
10 And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But he did not cut the birds in half.

Cross References 1

  • 1. [Judges 6:17; 2 Kings 20:8; Psalms 86:17; Isaiah 7:11-13; Luke 1:18]
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