Genesis 38:15
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English Standard Version
When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, 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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

When Ger was grown up, according to ancient custom (cf. Genesis 21:21; Genesis 34:4) his father gave him a wife, named Thamar, probably a Canaanite, of unknown parentage. But Ger was soon put to death by Jehovah on account of his wickedness. Judah then wished Onan, as the brother-in-law, to marry the childless widow of his deceased brother, and raise up seed, i.e., a family, for him. But as he knew that the first-born son would not be the founder of his own family, but would perpetuate the family of the deceased and receive his inheritance, he prevented conception when consummating the marriage by spilling the semen. ארצה שׁחת, "destroyed to the ground (i.e., let it fall upon the ground), so as not to give seed to his brother" (נתן for תּת only here and Numbers 20:21). This act not only betrayed a want of affection to his brother, combined with a despicable covetousness for his possession and inheritance, but was also a sin against the divine institution of marriage and its object, and was therefore punished by Jehovah with sudden death. The custom of levirate marriage, which is first mentioned here, and is found in different forms among Indians, Persians, and other nations of Asia and Africa, was not founded upon a divine command, but upon an ancient tradition, originating probably in Chaldea. It was not abolished, however, by the Mosaic law (Deuteronomy 25:5.), but only so far restricted as not to allow it to interfere with the sanctity of marriage; and with this limitation it was enjoined as a duty of affection to build up the brother's house, and to preserve his family and name (see my Bibl. Archologie, 108).

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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 the land fall to prostitution...

Leviticus 21:14 A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or an harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife.

Numbers 25:1,6 And Israel stayed in Shittim, and the people began to commit prostitution with the daughters of Moab...

Deuteronomy 23:18 You shall not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD your God for any vow...

Judges 11:1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.

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 him to her father's house to Bethlehemjudah...

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 turn aside the way of the meek...

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 hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel...

covered.

Genesis 38:14 And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her with a veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place...

Cross References
Genesis 38:14
she took off her widow's garments and covered herself with a veil, wrapping herself up, and sat at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah. For she saw that Shelah was grown up, and she had not been given to him in marriage.

Genesis 38:16
He turned to her at the roadside and said, "Come, let me come in to you," for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. She said, "What will you give me, that you may come in to me?"

Proverbs 7:10
And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.

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