Genesis 15:16

Hebrew Bible

15 But as for you, you will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. 16 In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit. 17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking firepot with a flaming torch passed between the animal parts.

2 Maccabees 6:14


13 In fact, it is a sign of great kindness not to let the impious alone for long, but to punish them immediately. 14 For in the case of the other nations the Lord waits patiently to punish them until they have reached the full measure of their sins; but he does not deal in this way with us, 15 in order that he may not take vengeance on us afterward when our sins have reached their height.

 Notes and References

"... Daniel 8:23 ... when crimes reach their full measure. Literally, 'when crimes are complete' For the same sense, compare 9:24: 'until crime is stopped and sins brought to full measure' and also 2 Maccabees 6:14: 'The Lord waits patiently to punish the other nations until they have reached the full measure of their sins.' This concept was traditional in Israel, from Genesis 15:16 ('The iniquity of the Amorites will not have run its course until then') to Matthew 20:32 ('You fill up the measure of your fathers'). Therefore, the reading of the Syriac and Vulgate (compare LXX and Theodotian) is preferable to the reading of the Masoretic text ..."

Hartman, Louis F. The Anchor Yale Bible: Daniel (p. 181) Yale University Press, 2021

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