GENESIS 38:11

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“Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.”

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Genesis 38:11 Translation & Meaning

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Then said וַיֹּ֣אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) Then said
Judah יְהוּדָה֩ Jehudah (or Judah), the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory Judah
to Tamar לְתָמָ֨ר Tamar, the name of three women and a place Tamar
his daughter in law, כַּלָּת֜וֹ A bride (as if perfect); hence, a son's wife daughter law
Remain שְׁבִ֧י Properly, to sit down (specifically as judge. in ambush, in quiet); by implication, to dwell, to remain; causatively, to settle, to marry Remain
a widow אַלְמָנָ֣ה A widow; also a desolate place widow
at thy father's אָבִ֗יךְ Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application fathers
house, בֵית A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) house
till עַד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) till
Shelah שֵׁלָ֣ה Shelah, the name of a postdiluvian patriarch and of an Israelite Shelah
my son בְנִ֔י A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) son
be grown: יִגְדַּל֙ To be (causatively make) large (in various senses, as in body, mind, estate or honor, also in pride) grown
for כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
he said, אָמַ֔ר To say (used with great latitude) said
Lest peradventure פֶּן Properly, removal; used only (in the construction) adverb as conjunction, lest Lest peradventure
he ה֖וּא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are he
die יָמ֥וּת To die (literally or figuratively); causatively, to kill die
also, גַּם Properly, assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correl. both...and also
as his brethren כְּאֶחָ֑יו A brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance [like H0001]) brethren
did. (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
And Tamar תָּמָ֔ר Tamar, the name of three women and a place Tamar
went וַתֵּ֣לֶךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) went
and dwelt וַתֵּ֖שֶׁב Properly, to sit down (specifically as judge. in ambush, in quiet); by implication, to dwell, to remain; causatively, to settle, to marry dwelt
in her father's אָבִֽיהָ׃ Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application fathers
house. בֵּ֥ית A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) house

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  • 9  And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.

  • 10  And the thing which he did displeased the Lord: wherefore he slew him also.

  • 11  Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.

  • 12  And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah's wife died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.

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




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