15:2 And Abram said, a Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me,
seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house [is]
this Eliezer of Damascus?
(a) His fear was not only lest he should not have children,
but lest the promise of the blessed seed should not be
accomplished in him.
15:8 And he said, Lord GOD, b whereby shall I know that I
shall inherit it?
(b) This is a particular motion of God's Spirit, which is
not lawful for all to follow, in asking signs: but was
permitted for some by a peculiar motion, as to Gideon
15:10 And he took unto him all these, and c divided them in
the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but
the birds divided he not.
(c) This was the old custom in making covenants,
(Jer 39:18), to which God added these conditions,
that Abram's posterity would be as torn in pieces, but
after they would be rejoined: also that it would be
assaulted, but yet delivered.
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 d four
(d) Counting from the birth of Isaac to their departure of
Egypt: Which declares that God will allow his to be
afflicted in this world.
15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again:
for the e iniquity of the Amorites [is] not yet full.
(e) Though God tolerates the wicked for a time, yet his
vengeance falls on them when the measure of their
wickedness is full.