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Genesis 15:8

8 But Abram said, “Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”

Read Genesis 15:8 Using Other Translations

And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
But he said, "O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?"
But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, how can I be sure that I will actually possess it?”

What does Genesis 15:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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 ) .

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