What was the significance of the promise that Avraham "would join his forefathers in peace"?


Rashi: Hashem was telling him that he would live a peaceful life, and that he would not suffer any of the travails which He had said earlier his children would suffer. 1


Ramban: Hashem was telling Avraham that it was the aspects of slavery and subservience that he was not destined to suffer. We find that he did in fact experience being a stranger (Bereishis 21:34). 2


Gur Aryeh: Otherwise, why mention this here? Rather, the intent is the servitude would not begin in Avraham's lifetime.


See R. Chavel's notes on the Ramban; and see Mizrachi. Gur Aryeh explains


Seeing as Terach was an idolater, how could Hashem promise Avraham that he would join him after he died?


Rashi: This teaches us that Terach did Teshuvah before he died. 1


Also refer to 11:32:3, and refer to 11:27:151:1.


What was the significance of "the good old age" that Hashem refers to?


Rashi: This was an assurance, a. that Yishmael would Teshuvah in his lifetime; and b. that Esav would not sin publicly as long as he (Avraham) was alive. Indeed, Avraham died five years before his time, so that he should not see that happen, and Eisav sinned on the day that his grandfather died.

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