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."
King James Bible
But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
Darby Bible Translation
And [in the] fourth generation they shall come hither again; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
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.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
In the fourth generation - In former times most people counted by generations, to each of which was assigned a term of years amounting to 20, 25, 30, 33, 100, 108, or 110; for the generation was of various lengths among various people, at different times. It is probable that the fourth generation here means the same as the four hundred years in the preceding verse. Some think it refers to the time when Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the son of Amram, the son of Kohath, came out of Egypt, and divided the land of Canaan to Israel, Joshua 14:1. Others think the fourth generation of the Amorites is intended, because it is immediately added, The iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full; but in the fourth generation they should be expelled, and the descendants of Abram established in their place. From these words we learn that there is a certain pitch of iniquity to which nations may arrive before they are destroyed, and beyond which Divine justice does not permit them to pass.
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'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. And he believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness. And He said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? And He said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of …
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in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.
Then the LORD said to him, "Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there.
Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years.
"'Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled.
1 Kings 21:26
He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel.)
2 Kings 21:11
"Manasseh king of Judah has committed these detestable sins. He has done more evil than the Amorites who preceded him and has led Judah into sin with his idols.
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