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. Pawns may make naughty hearts careful to pay their debts for sin.
2. Wicked affairs are best trusted to hands of wicked friends.
3. Payment of debts by. sinners is accounted just to take up pawns.
4. It is no rare thing for partners in sin to deceive each other; to get out of the way when they should be found.
5. Under Providence the debt of lust is not always paid, nor the pawn of iniquity restored (ver. 20).
6. Sinners are diligent to inquire about their sinful affairs.
7. Sinners are impudent to ask openly after harlots in the high way; to bewray the worst matter.
8. Under wife providence, such inquisitors have an answer of frustration (ver. 21).
9. The trustiest messengers of sinners may return bootless to such as send them.
10. Objects of uncleanness maybe found to ensnare persons to sin, but not to satisfy demands.
11. God sometimes ordereth the frustration, of sinners with a witness (ver. 22).
12. By patience perforce, unclean sinners may be content to sit down with loss.
13. Fear of shame and reproach make sinners willing to be losers.
14. Uncleanness is a reproachful thing in the account of the worst adulterers.
15. A self-conceit of having done their duties make wicked ones sometimes content to sit down losers (ver. 23).
(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.