Genesis 15:18-21

18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi[a] of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates—
19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,
20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,
21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”

Genesis 15:18-21 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 15

This chapter informs us of a gracious appearance of God to Abram, and of a kind promise made unto him, Ge 15:1; of Abram's request for an heir, Ge 15:2,3; of an answer to it, that he should have one, and even a numberless seed, Ge 15:4,5; which he gave credit to, Ge 15:6; upon which he has a fresh promise of the land of Canaan, Ge 15:7; of his inheriting of which he desires a sign, and this was given him, Ge 15:8-12; and at the same time it was predicted to him how long his posterity should be afflicted in a land not theirs, and afterwards come out with great substance, Ge 15:13-16; and the grant of the land of Canaan to his seed is renewed, Ge 15:17-21.

Genesis 15:18-21 In-Context

16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”
17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.
18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates—
19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,
20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,
21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”

Cross References 9

  • 1. Ge 17:2,4,7; Exodus 6:4; Exodus 34:10,27; 1 Chronicles 16:16; Psalms 105:9
  • 2. S Genesis 12:7
  • 3. Numbers 34:5; Joshua 15:4,47; 1 Kings 8:65; 2 Kings 24:7; 2 Chronicles 7:8; Isaiah 27:12; Jeremiah 37:5; Jeremiah 46:2; Lamentations 4:17; Ezekiel 30:22; Ezekiel 47:19
  • 4. S Genesis 2:14
  • 5. Numbers 24:21; Judges 1:16; Judges 4:11,17; Judges 5:24; 1 Samuel 15:6; 1 Samuel 27:10; 1 Samuel 30:29; 1 Chronicles 2:55
  • 6. S Genesis 10:15; S Deuteronomy 7:1
  • 7. S Genesis 13:7
  • 8. S Genesis 14:5
  • 9. S Genesis 10:16; Joshua 3:10; Joshua 24:11; Nehemiah 9:8

Footnotes 1

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