Genesis 15:13

“And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he said vnto Abram, Know of a surety, that thy seed shalbe a stranger, in a land that is not theirs, and shal serue them, and they shall afflict them foure hundred yeeres.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{God} said to Abram, "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be sojourners in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he said to Abram, Truly, your seed will be living in a land which is not theirs, as servants to a people who will be cruel to them for four hundred years;
- Basic English Bible

And he said to Abram, Know assuredly that thy seed will be a sojourner in a land [that is] not theirs, and they shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years.
- Darby Bible

And he said to Abram, Know certainly that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
- Webster's Bible

He said to Abram, "Know for sure that your seed will live as foreigners in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them. They will afflict them four hundred years.
- World English Bible

and He saith to Abram, `knowing -- know that thy seed is a sojourner in a land not theirs, and they have served them, and they have afflicted them four hundred years,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And He said unto Abram: 'Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 15:13


15:13 Thy seed shall be strangers - So they were in Canaan first, #Psa 105:11|,12, and afterwards in Egypt: before they were lords of their own land, they were strangers in a strange land. The inconveniences of an unsettled state make a happy settlement the more welcome. Thus the heirs of heaven are first strangers on earth. And them they shall serve - So they did the Egyptians, #Exo 1:13|. See how that which was the doom of the Canaanites, #Gen 9:25|, proves the distress of Abram's seed: they are made to serve; but with this difference, the Canaanites serve under a curse, the Hebrews under a blessing. And they shall afflict them - See #Exo 1:11|. Those that are blessed and beloved of God are often afflicted by wicked men. This persecution began with mocking, when Ishmael the son of an Egyptian, persecuted Isaac, #Gen 21:9|, and it came at last to murder, the basest of murders, that of their new born children; so that more or less it continued 400 years.


Discussion for Genesis 15:13

  • WE THE BLACK RACE IN AMERICA WILL EXODUS SOON. FERGUSON IS THE3 SPARK WITH MORE TO COME UNTIL LIGHTENING FROM ABOVE WILL CAUSE US TO WAKE UP AND GO BACK UNTO OUR FATHER GOD!
  • Tunji Ososanya for verse 13
    I wonder, what happen here that he got such penalty.

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