Genesis 38:15
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New International Version
When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face.

New Living Translation
Judah noticed her and thought she was a prostitute, since she had covered her face.

English Standard Version
When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face.

New American Standard Bible
When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, for she had covered her face.

King James Bible
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face.

International Standard Version
When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, since she had concealed her face.

NET Bible
When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute because she had covered her face.

New Heart English Bible
When Judah saw her, he thought that she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute because she had covered her face.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; for she had covered her face.

New American Standard 1977
When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, for she had covered her face.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot because she had covered her face.

King James 2000 Bible
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; because she had covered her face.

American King James Version
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.

American Standard Version
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; for she had covered her face.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When Juda saw her, he thought she was a harlot: for she had covered her face, lest she should be known.

Darby Bible Translation
And Judah saw her, and took her for a harlot; because she had covered her face.

English Revised Version
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; for she had covered her face.

Webster's Bible Translation
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; because she had covered her face.

World English Bible
When Judah saw her, he thought that she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face.

Young's Literal Translation
And Judah seeth her, and reckoneth her for a harlot, for she hath covered her face,
Study Bible
Judah and Tamar
14So she removed her widow's garments and covered herself with a veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in the gateway of Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah had grown up, and she had not been given to him as a wife. 15When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, for she had covered her face. 16So he turned aside to her by the road, and said, "Here now, let me come in to you"; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. And she said, "What will you give me, that you may come in to me?"…
Cross References
Genesis 38:14
So she removed her widow's garments and covered herself with a veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in the gateway of Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah had grown up, and she had not been given to him as a wife.

Genesis 38:16
So he turned aside to her by the road, and said, "Here now, let me come in to you"; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. And she said, "What will you give me, that you may come in to me?"

Proverbs 7:10
And behold, a woman comes to meet him, Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart.
Treasury of Scripture

When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.

harlot.

Genesis 34:31 And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?

Leviticus 19:29 Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest …

Leviticus 21:14 A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or an harlot, these shall …

Numbers 25:1,6 And Israel stayed in Shittim, and the people began to commit prostitution …

Deuteronomy 23:18 You shall not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into …

Judges 11:1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, and he was …

Judges 16:1 Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in to her.

Judges 19:2,25 And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from …

1 Kings 3:16 Then came there two women, that were harlots, to the king, and stood before him.

Proverbs 2:18,19 For her house inclines to death, and her paths to the dead…

Amos 2:7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and …

because.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1 Peter 3:3-6 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the …

covered.

Genesis 38:14 And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her with …

(15) Because she had covered her face.--The Jewish commentators all agree that this was not the custom of harlots; and as Judah, in Genesis 38:21, calls her kedeshah, one consecrated, he probably thought that she was a woman performing the vow required of every female votary of the Phnician Venus (Astarte), once in her lifetime (Herod. i. 199). Hence the hire was a kid to be sacrificed to the goddess. As for Tamar her object was to assert her claim to the inheritance of 'Er. Lange considers that the wickedness of 'Er had caused him, equally with Onan, to neglect her, and that consequently there was no real incest. This is made probable by her immediate conception.

Verse 15. - When (literally, and) Judah saw her, he (literally, and he) thought her to be an harlot; - literally, thought her (i.e. took her for) an harlot, like λογίζεσθαι τινα de r& (cf. 1 Samuel 1:13; Job 13:24), or to זונָה (fem. part. of זָנַה, commit fornication); vide Genesis 34:31 - because she had covered her face - more meretricis. When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot,.... By her posture and the place she was in:

because she had covered her face; with her veil, that he did not know her; for this is not given as a reason why he took her to be an harlot; the reason of this was, because she sat in the public road; but having covered her face he could not discern who she was, and therefore, from the other circumstance, concluded that she was an harlot, and sat there to prostitute herself to any that passed by. 38:1-30 The profligate conduct of Judah and his family. - This chapter gives an account of Judah and his family, and such an account it is, that it seems a wonder that of all Jacob's sons, our Lord should spring out of Judah, Heb 7:14. But God will show that his choice is of grace and not of merit, and that Christ came into the world to save sinners, even the chief. Also, that the worthiness of Christ is of himself, and not from his ancestors. How little reason had the Jews, who were so called from this Judah, to boast as they did, Joh 8:41. What awful examples the Lord proclaims in his punishments, of his utter displeasure at sin! Let us seek grace from God to avoid every appearance of sin. And let that state of humbleness to which Jesus submitted, when he came to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, in appointing such characters as those here recorded, to be his ancestors, endear the Redeemer to our hearts.
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