“And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.”
King James Version (KJV)
38:23 Lest we be shamed - Either, Lest his sin should come to be known publicly, Or Lest he should be laughed at as a fool for trusting a whore with his signet and his bracelets. He expresses no concern about the sin, only about the shame. There are many who are more solicitous to preserve their reputation with men, than to secure the savour of God, lest we be shamed goes farther with them than lest we be damned.