Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at your father's house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said…
1. Sinful hearts when they suffer from God's hand are apt to vent it upon creatures.
2. Carnal relations grow quickly weary of showing kindness when their aims are crossed by God.
3. Hard fathers-in-law, for their own ends, spare not to lay the hardest terms upon allies.
4. Such oppressors deal subtilly, though cruelly; they pretend fair at least.
5. Wicked hearts are apt to be jealous, and transfer faults and ill successes to others that are innocent.
6. Sinful fathers are willing to save children from death, but take bad ways to do it.
7. Widowhood is a solitary condition that binds souls to sit at home.
8. God overruling, natural hearts may be content to submit to hard injunctions from others when they cannot help it. So it was with Tamar when Judah layeth hard injunctions on her (ver. 11).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.
WEB: Then Judah said to Tamar, his daughter-in-law, "Remain a widow in your father's house, until Shelah, my son, is grown up;" for he said, "Lest he also die, like his brothers." Tamar went and lived in her father's house.