Genesis 15:16
New International Version
In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”

New Living Translation
After four generations your descendants will return here to this land, for the sins of the Amorites do not yet warrant their destruction.”

English Standard Version
And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

Berean Study Bible
In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

King James Bible
But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

New King James Version
But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

New American Standard Bible
Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the wrongdoing of the Amorite is not yet complete.”

NASB 1995
“Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.”

NASB 1977
“Then in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.”

Amplified Bible
Then in the fourth generation your descendants shall return here [to Canaan, the land of promise], for the wickedness and guilt of the Amorites is not yet complete (finished).”

Christian Standard Bible
In the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”

American Standard Version
And in the fourth generation they shall come hither again; for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And in the fourth age they shall return here, because the debts of the Amorites are not yet fulfilled.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And in the fourth generation they shall return hither, for the sins of the Amorites are not yet filled up, even until now.

Contemporary English Version
Four generations later, your descendants will return here and take this land, because only then will the people who live here be so sinful that they deserve to be punished.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But in the fourth generation they shall return hither: for as yet the iniquities of the Amorrhites are not at the full until this present time.

English Revised Version
And in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full.

Good News Translation
It will be four generations before your descendants come back here, because I will not drive out the Amorites until they become so wicked that they must be punished."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, because the sin of the Amorites will not have run its course until then."

International Standard Version
Your descendants will return here in the fourth generation, since the iniquity of the Amorites has not yet run its course."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And in the fourth generation they shall come back hither; for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full.'

Literal Standard Version
and the fourth generation turns back here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.”

NET Bible
In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit."

New Heart English Bible
In the fourth generation they will come here again, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete."

World English Bible
In the fourth generation they will come here again, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full."

Young's Literal Translation
and the fourth generation doth turn back hither, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
God Confirms His Promise
15You, however, will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a ripe old age. 16In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” 17When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, behold, a smoking firepot and a flaming torch appeared and passed between the halves of the carcasses.…

Cross References
1 Thessalonians 2:16
hindering us from telling the Gentiles how they may be saved. As a result, they continue to heap up their sins to full capacity; the utmost wrath has come upon them.

Genesis 15:13
Then the LORD said to Abram, "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years.

Exodus 12:40
Now the duration of the Israelites' stay in Egypt was 430 years.

Leviticus 18:24
Do not defile yourselves by any of these practices, for by all these things the nations I am driving out before you have defiled themselves.

1 Kings 21:26
He committed the most detestable acts by going after idols, just like the Amorites whom the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.)

2 Kings 21:11
"Since Manasseh king of Judah has committed all these abominations, acting more wickedly than the Amorites who preceded him, and with his idols has caused Judah to sin,


Treasury of Scripture

But in the fourth generation they shall come here again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

in the.

Exodus 12:40
Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.

Amorites.

1 Kings 21:26
And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

2 Peter 3:8,9
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day…

not.

Daniel 8:23
And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

Zechariah 5:5-11
Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth…

Matthew 23:32-35
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers…









(16) The fourth generation.--Heb., dor. (See Note on Genesis 6:9.) As the four generations are identical with the four centuries of Genesis 15:13, we have here an undesigned testimony to the long duration of human life. So Abram was 100 years old when Isaac was born, and Isaac was 60 at the birth of his children, and Jacob 64 years of age at his marriage. But the word dor had probably come down from a remote antiquity, and, like the Latin word seculum, signified a century.

The iniquity of the Amorites.--As the chief and leading tribe, they are used here for all the Canaanite nations. We learn from this declaration that the Canaanites were not extirpated by any wilful decree to make room for Israel, but as an act of justice, like that which, because of their moral depravity, overwhelmed the Sethites with a flood. So, subsequently, Israel and Judah had each to bear a punishment in accordance with their sinfulness; and so, throughout the history of the world, whenever nations settle down in vice and corruption, the decay of their institutions follows upon that of their morals, and they either waste away or give place to some more manly race of conquerors. The conquest of Canaan by Israel was parallel to that of the enervated Roman empire of the West by the Germans; only we see the preparation for it. and God's purpose explained; and we also see that if the Amorites had not made the scale of justice weigh down heavily, they would not have been deprived of their country.

Verse 16. - But in the fourth generation, - τετάρτη δὲ γενεᾷ (LXX.); but, more correctly, the fourth generation, calculating 100 years to a generation. "Caleb was the fourth from Judah, and Moses from Levi, and so doubtless many others" (Bush). Drs. Oort and Kuenen, reckoning four generations as a far shorter space of time than four centuries, detect a contradiction between this verse and Ver. 13, and an evidence of the free use which the ancient and uncritical Israelitish author made of his materials ('Bible for Young People,' vol. 1. p. 158). On the import of דּור vide Genesis 6:9 - they shall come hither again (literally, shall return hither): for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. Literally, for not completed the iniquity of the Amorites (vide Genesis 14:7; here put for the entire population! until then (the same word as "hither, which is its usual signification).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
In the fourth
רְבִיעִ֖י (rə·ḇî·‘î)
Number - ordinal masculine singular
Strong's 7243: Fourth, a fourth

generation
וְד֥וֹר (wə·ḏō·wr)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1755: A revolution of time, an age, generation, a dwelling

[your descendants] will return
יָשׁ֣וּבוּ (yā·šū·ḇū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

here,
הֵ֑נָּה (hên·nāh)
Adverb
Strong's 2008: Hither, thither

for
כִּ֧י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

the iniquity
עֲוֺ֥ן (‘ă·wōn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

of the Amorites
הָאֱמֹרִ֖י (hā·’ĕ·mō·rî)
Article | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 567: Amorites -- perhaps 'mountain dwellers', a Canaanite tribe

[is] not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

yet
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

complete.”
שָׁלֵ֛ם (šā·lêm)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 8003: Complete, safe, at peace


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