Genesis 38:13

“And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 38:13

And it was told Lamar, saying, Behold, thy father in law goeth vp to Timnath to sheare his sheepe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

It was told to Tamar, "Behold, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold, thy father-in-law goeth up to Timnah to shear his sheep.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when Tamar had news that her father-in-law was going up to Timnah to the wool-cutting,
- Basic English Bible

And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep.
- Darby Bible

And it was told to Tamar, saying, Behold, thy father-in-law goeth up to Timnath, to shear his sheep.
- Webster's Bible

It was told Tamar, saying, "Behold, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep."
- World English Bible

And it is declared to Tamar, saying, `Lo, thy husband's father is going up to Timnath to shear his flock;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And it was told Tamar, saying: 'Behold, thy father-in-law goeth up to Timnah to shear his sheep.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 38:13

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 38:13


38:11 Shelah the third son was reserved for the widow, yet with design that he should not marry so young as his brothers had done, lest he die also. Some think that Judah never intended to marry Shelah to Tamar, but unjustly suspected her to have been the death of her two former husbands, (whereas it was their own wickedness that slew them) and then sent her to her father's house, with a charge to remain a widow. If so, it was an inexcusable piece of prevarication; however Tamar acquiesced, and waited for the issue.

38:14 Some excuse this by suggesting that she believed the promise made to Abraham and his seed, particularly that of the Messiah, and that she was therefore desirous to have a child by one of that family, that she might have the honour, or at least stand fair for the honour of being the mother of the Messiah. She covered her with a veil - It was the custom of harlots in those times to cover their faces, that tho' they were not ashamed, yet they might seem to be so: the sin of uncleanness did not then go so bare - faced as it now doth.


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