Genesis 38:7
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New International Version
But Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the LORD's sight; so the LORD put him to death.

New Living Translation
But Er was a wicked man in the LORD's sight, so the LORD took his life.

English Standard Version
But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD put him to death.

New American Standard Bible
But Er, Judah's firstborn, was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD took his life.

King James Bible
And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now Er, Judah's firstborn, was evil in the LORD's sight, and the LORD put him to death.

International Standard Version
But the LORD considered Er, Judah's oldest son, to be wicked—so he put him to death.

NET Bible
But Er, Judah's firstborn, was evil in the LORD's sight, so the LORD killed him.

New Heart English Bible
Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD. The LORD killed him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Er angered the LORD. So the LORD took away his life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Er, Judah's first-born, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.

New American Standard 1977
But Er, Judah’s first-born, was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD took his life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD and the LORD slew him.

King James 2000 Bible
And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.

American King James Version
And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.

American Standard Version
And Er, Judah's first-born, was wicked in the sight of Jehovah. And Jehovah slew him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Her, the firstborn of Juda, was wicked in the sight of the Lord: and was slain by him.

Darby Bible Translation
And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of Jehovah, and Jehovah slew him.

English Revised Version
And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Er, Judah's first-born, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.

World English Bible
Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of Yahweh. Yahweh killed him.

Young's Literal Translation
and Er, Judah's first-born, is evil in the eyes of Jehovah, and Jehovah doth put him to death.
Study Bible
Judah and Tamar
6Now Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7But Er, Judah's firstborn, was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD took his life. 8Then Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your brother's wife, and perform your duty as a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother."…
Cross References
Genesis 38:6
Now Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.

Genesis 46:12
The sons of Judah: Er and Onan and Shelah and Perez and Zerah (but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan). And the sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul.

Numbers 26:19
The sons of Judah were Er and Onan, but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan.

1 Chronicles 2:3
The sons of Judah were Er, Onan and Shelah; these three were born to him by Bath-shua the Canaanitess. And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD, so He put him to death.
Treasury of Scripture

And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.

Er.

Genesis 46:12 And the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and …

Numbers 26:19 The sons of Judah were Er and Onan: and Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan.

wicked.

Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Genesis 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

Genesis 19:13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen …

2 Chronicles 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley …

and the.

1 Chronicles 2:3 The sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah: which three were born …

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: …

Verse 7. - And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord. The connection between Er's name (עֵר) and Er's character (רַע) is noticeable. The special form which his wickedness assumed is not stated; but the accompanying phrase suggests that, as in the case of the Sodomites (Genesis 13:13; Genesis 19:5), it was some unnatural abomination. And the Lord slew him - literally, caused him to die; not necessarily by direct visitation; perhaps simply by allowing him to reap the fruits of his youthful indulgence in premature and childless death, which yet was so rapid and so evidently entailed by his evil courses as immediately to suggest the punitive hand of God. And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord,.... That is, exceedingly wicked, as this phrase signifies, Genesis 13:13, was guilty of some very heinous sin, but what is not mentioned; according to the Targum of Jonathan and Jarchi, it was the same with his brother Onan's, Genesis 38:9, which it is suggested he committed, lest his wife should prove with child, and lose her beauty; but if it had been the same with his, it would have been expressed as well as his. An Arabic writer (p) says, that he cohabited with his wife not according to the course of nature, but in the "sodomitical" way:

and the Lord slew him; by his immediate hand, striking him dead at once, as Ananias and Sapphira were stricken, Acts 5:5; or by sending some distemper, which quickly carried him off, as a token of his displeasure at his sin.

(p) Abulpharag. Hist. Dynast. p. 16. 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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