Genesis 38:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 38:1, NIV: At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah.

Genesis 38:1, ESV: It happened at that time that Judah went down from his brothers and turned aside to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.

Genesis 38:1, KJV: And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.

Genesis 38:1, NASB: And it came about at that time, that Judah departed from his brothers and visited a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.

Genesis 38:1, NLT: About this time, Judah left home and moved to Adullam, where he stayed with a man named Hirah.

Genesis 38:1, CSB: At that time Judah left his brothers and settled near an Adullamite named Hirah.

What does Genesis 38:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This begins a short explanation of Judah's scandalous family history, starting immediately after Joseph is sold to slave traders (Genesis 37:26–28). The events of Genesis 38 take place before Jacob and his sons later travel to Egypt and discover that Joseph is still alive (Genesis 45:1).

For unexplained reasons, Judah (Genesis 29:35) moves away from the family at Hebron and goes down to a town called Adullam. This is located at a lower elevation, in the foothills northwest of Hebron. He meets or reconnects with an Adullamite friend named Hirah. Judah's history in this time is marked by sin, deception, and scandal.