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Genesis 15:12

    Genesis 15:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram; and, see, an horror of great darkness fell on him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep came on Abram, and a dark cloud of fear.

    Webster's Revision

    And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him.

    World English Bible

    When the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. Now terror and great darkness fell on him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 15:12

    A deep sleep - תרדמה tardemah, the same word which is used to express the sleep into which Adam was cast, previous to the formation of Eve; Genesis 2:21.

    A horror of great darkness - Which God designed to be expressive of the affliction and misery into which his posterity should be brought during the four hundred years of their bondage in Egypt; as the next verse particularly states.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 15:12

    And the sun was about to set. - This visit of the Lord to Abram continues for two nights, with the intervening day. In the former night he led him forth to view the stars Genesis 15:5. The second night sets in with the consummation of the covenant Genesis 15:17. The revelation comes to Abram in a trance of deep sleep. The Lord releases the mind from attention to the communications of sense in order to engage it with higher things. And he who makes the loftier revelation can enable the recipient to distinguish the voice of heaven from the play of fancy.