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Genesis 15:14

ESV But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions.
NIV But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.
NASB But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions.
CSB However, I will judge the nation they serve, and afterward they will go out with many possessions.
NLT But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth.
KJV And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

What does Genesis 15:14 mean?

Here, God continues to deliver His prophecy about Abram's future family. In the previous verse, God revealed that Abram's descendants will spend 400 years as strangers and servants in another land. Here, He continues by saying there will be an end to their captivity, and the nation that mistreated them will be judged. In fact, Abram's future family, then a nation, will leave that country with great possessions. Soon after this passage, Abram will be renamed Abraham, and his grandson Jacob will be renamed Israel: the father of the promised nation.

God never mentions that the nation bound to enslave Abram's people is Egypt. More than likely, though, Abram did not miss the similarities between these future events and what happened when he and his company left Egypt with great possessions of their own. In fact, Israel's captivity will begin in a very similar way to the start of Abram's adventure in Egypt (Genesis 12:10–20). They will come seeking survival during a time of famine (Genesis 46).
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