Genesis 38:23
New International Version
Then Judah said, "Let her keep what she has, or we will become a laughingstock. After all, I did send her this young goat, but you didn't find her."

New Living Translation
"Then let her keep the things I gave her," Judah said. "I sent the young goat as we agreed, but you couldn't find her. We'd be the laughingstock of the village if we went back again to look for her."

English Standard Version
And Judah replied, “Let her keep the things as her own, or we shall be laughed at. You see, I sent this young goat, and you did not find her.”

Berean Study Bible
“Let her keep the items,” Judah replied. “Otherwise we will become a laughingstock. After all, I did send her this young goat, but you could not find her.”

New American Standard Bible
Then Judah said, "Let her keep them, otherwise we will become a laughingstock. After all, I sent this young goat, but you did not find her."

King James Bible
And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

Christian Standard Bible
Judah replied, "Let her keep the items for herself; otherwise we will become a laughingstock. After all, I did send this young goat, but you couldn't find her."

Contemporary English Version
"If you couldn't find her, we'll just let her keep the things I gave her," Judah answered. "And we'd better forget about the goat, or else we'll look like fools."

Good News Translation
Judah said, "Let her keep the things. We don't want people to laugh at us. I did try to pay her, but you couldn't find her."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Judah replied, "Let her keep the items for herself; otherwise we will become a laughingstock. After all, I did send this young goat, but you couldn't find her."

International Standard Version
Then Judah said, "Let her have those things. Otherwise, we'll become contemptible. I sent this young goat, but you didn't find her."

NET Bible
Judah said, "Let her keep the things for herself. Otherwise we will appear to be dishonest. I did indeed send this young goat, but you couldn't find her."

New Heart English Bible
Judah said, "Let her keep it, lest we be shamed. Look, I sent this kid, and you haven't found her."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Judah said, "Let her keep what I gave her, or we'll become a laughingstock. After all, I did send her this young goat, but you couldn't find her."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Judah said: 'Let her take it, lest we be put to shame; behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.'

New American Standard 1977
Then Judah said, “Let her keep them, lest we become a laughingstock. After all, I sent this kid, but you did not find her.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Judah said, Let her take the things for herself lest we be shamed; behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

King James 2000 Bible
And Judah said, Let her keep it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and you have not found her.

American King James Version
And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and you have not found her.

American Standard Version
And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be put to shame: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Judas said, Let her have them, but let us not be ridiculed; I sent this kid, but thou hast not found her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Juda said : Let her take it to herself ; surely she cannot charge us with a,lie: I sent the kid which I promised: and thou didst not find her.

Darby Bible Translation
Then Judah said, Let her take [it] for herself, lest we be put to shame. Behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

English Revised Version
And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be put to shame: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

World English Bible
Judah said, "Let her keep it, lest we be shamed. Behold, I sent this young goat, and you haven't found her."

Young's Literal Translation
and Judah saith, 'Let her take to herself, lest we become despised; lo, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.'
Study Bible
Judah and Tamar
22So Hirah returned to Judah and said, “I could not find her, and furthermore, the men of that place said, ‘No temple prostitute has been here.’” 23“Let her keep the items,” Judah replied. “Otherwise we will become a laughingstock. After all, I did send her this young goat, but you could not find her.” 24About three months later, Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar has prostituted herself, and now she is pregnant.” “Bring her out!” Judah replied. “Let her be burned to death!”…
Cross References
Genesis 38:22
So Hirah returned to Judah and said, "I could not find her, and furthermore, the men of that place said, 'No temple prostitute has been here.'"

Genesis 38:24
About three months later, Judah was told, "Your daughter-in-law Tamar has prostituted herself, and now she is pregnant." "Bring her out!" Judah replied. "Let her be burned to death!"

Treasury of Scripture

And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and you have not found her.

lest we.

2 Samuel 12:9
Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

Proverbs 6:33
A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

Romans 6:21
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

be shamed.







Lexicon
“Let her
לָ֔הּ (lāh)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew

keep the items,”
תִּֽקַּֽח־ (tiq·qaḥ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

Judah
יְהוּדָה֙ (yə·hū·ḏāh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3063: Judah -- 'praised', a son of Jacob, also the southern kingdom, also four Israelites

replied.
וַיֹּ֤אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Otherwise
פֶּ֖ן (pen)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 6435: Removal, lest

we will become
נִהְיֶ֣ה (nih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

a laughingstock.
לָב֑וּז (lā·ḇūz)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 937: Disrespect

After all,
הִנֵּ֤ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

I did send her
שָׁלַ֙חְתִּי֙ (šā·laḥ·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7971: To send away, for, out

this
הַזֶּ֔ה (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

young goat,
הַגְּדִ֣י (hag·gə·ḏî)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1423: A kid (a young goat)

but you
וְאַתָּ֖ה (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

could not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

find her.”
מְצָאתָֽהּ׃ (mə·ṣā·ṯāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present
(23) Lest we be shamed.--Maimonides asserts that Judah had committed no breach of the Law, the utmost therein commanded being that no Jewish woman should become a kedeshah (Deuteronomy 23:17). But Judah evidently regards what he had done as shameful, and having big friend's testimony, if needed, to prove that he had performed what he promised, he bears with the loss of his signet and staff, rather than let the people know that he had been guilty of an act which they too would condemn.

Verse 23. - And Judah said, Let her take it to her, - literally, let her take to herself (sc. the pledge) - lest we be shamed (literally, become a contempt, i.e. by inquiring after her. Though not afraid to sin against God, Judah was pained at the idea of losing his reputation before men): behold, I sent this kid (i.e. I take you to witness that I have fulfilled my premise), and thou hast not found her. 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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