Genesis 15:5

“And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Looke now towards heauen, and tell the starres, if thou be able to number them. And hee said vnto him, So shall thy seed be.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And He took him outside and said, "Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them. And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and number the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he took him out into the open air, and said to him, Let your eyes be lifted to heaven, and see if the stars may be numbered; even so will your seed be.
- Basic English Bible

And he led him out, and said, Look now toward the heavens, and number the stars, if thou be able to number them. And he said to him, So shall thy seed be!
- Darby Bible

And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now towards heaven, and tell the stars, if thou art able to number them: and he said to him, So shall thy seed be.
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh brought him outside, and said, "Look now toward the sky, and count the stars, if you are able to count them." He said to Abram, "So shall your seed be."
- World English Bible

and He bringeth him out without, and saith, `Look attentively, I pray thee, towards the heavens, and count the stars, if thou art able to count them;' and He saith to him, `Thus is thy seed.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And He brought him forth abroad, and said: 'Look now toward heaven, and count the stars, if thou be able to count them'; and He said unto him: 'So shall thy seed be.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 15:5


15:5 And he brought him forth - It seems, early in the morning, and said, look now toward heaven, and tell the stars: so shall thy seed be - So innumerable, for so the stars seem to a common eye. Abram feared he should have no child at all, but God tells him his descendents should be so many as not to be numbered. So illustrious, as the stars of heaven for splendour; for to them pertained the glory, #Rom 9:4|. Abram's seed according to the flesh were like the dust of the earth, #Ge 13:16|, but his spiritual seed are like the stars of heaven.


Discussion for Genesis 15

  • Alex
    When someone brings up the condoning of slavery in the bible, as a reason to discredit God's word, refer them to Gen 15:2
  • Alex
    I love Gen. 15, IN kjv. Abraham was a type of God the Father. Thats what abraham means exaulted FATHER, IN REALITY ITS God the father that wants a posterity,God wants to be the father of many nations. Just as Abraham offered up his only son it was a metaphor for God almighty offering up his only son CHRIST JESUS,In reality its Christ that is gonna be multiplied as the stars of heaven. The Promise.
  • BSP
    Verse 6: Jehovah God viewed Abraham's trust and faith in him as something righteous. We must have a strong faith in God in order to be considered righteous in his eyes.
  • Bruce
    Cole:Matthew 24:29 is The Sixth Seal in Revelation/ the four seals have been opened: Revelation6:8--- and power was given unto them over one fourth of the earth,to kill with sword, hunger and death and beast of the earth. That's what's going on the other side of the world. Tribulation and persecution of believers and nonbeliever,jailed,tortured,starved,beheaded
    Wars and rumors of wars! Birth pain
  • Geraldine Cole
    Jeff dealing with the Stars Brett is right .read mark chapter 13 verse 23/24/25 /this also speak of the moon and the Sun it will be a sad day for the unsaved also read matt chaper 24 v29/ Revelations chapter 6 v13/ and luke chapter 21v25 we need to wake up and start reading the word of God everything in the bible will come to pass Amen .
  • Valene
    Hi Lisa, I am praying for you immediately, but when you pray talk to your god in private as him to give you wisdom and try praying at least three times. and fast off something you love one to three days, so the enemy will flee from you and the most high can have the space in you to do his work, this is why this scripture says no man can serve two masters, stay strong. Love peace and happiness.

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