1. A. "But I will also bring judgment on the nation which they serve"
B. Said R. Helbo, "Rather than, 'and that nation,' the passage states, 'But I will also bring judgment on the nation which they serve' (Gen. 15:14). Also they, also Egypt and the four kingdoms who will enslave you [will God judge]."
2. A. "I will bring judgment" (Gen. 15:14):
B. R. Eleazar in the name of R. Yose: "With these two letters, namely, the letters that form the word for 'judge,' the Holy One, blessed be he, promised our ancestor that he would redeem his children. But should they carry out an act of repentance, he will redeem them with seventy-two letters [and not only with two]."
C. Said R. Yudan, "The verse that follows presents seventy-two letters [in illustration of the foregoing statement]: 'Or has God tried to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors' (Deut. 4:34). Here there are seventy-two letters. But if you propose that there are seventy-five, not seventy-two, take off the three letters that make up the second reference to the word 'nation,' which do not count."
D. R. Abin said, "It is by his name that he will redeem them, and the name of the Holy One, blessed be he, contains seventy-two letters."
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