Genesis 15:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 15:15, NIV: "You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age."

Genesis 15:15, ESV: "As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age."

Genesis 15:15, KJV: "And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age."

Genesis 15:15, NASB: "As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age."

Genesis 15:15, NLT: "(As for you, you will die in peace and be buried at a ripe old age.)"

Genesis 15:15, CSB: "But you will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a good old age."

What does Genesis 15:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After revealing to Abram, perhaps in a dream, the affliction his future family will face in captivity, serving another nation, God informs Abram he will not live to see any of this. Instead, Abram will "go to his fathers"—a common reference to death—in a time of peace and at a good, old age. Of course, at this point in time, Abram is already somewhere between 75 and 85 years old (Genesis 12:4; Genesis 16:16). God's words about Abram's immediate future are a comfort, but they also let Abram know not to expect to possess the land of Canaan in his own lifetime. Instead, it will one day belong to him through his descendants.

This promise comes along with God's prior reassurance that Abram will, in fact, see a natural-born son (Genesis 15:4). As it turns out, this promise itself will take some time for God to complete (Genesis 17:16–19). In the meantime, Abram will be renamed as Abraham (Genesis 17:5), and will attempt to "help" God fulfill His promises by having children with his servant, Hagar (Genesis 16:16).