Genesis 38:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 38:12, NIV: After a long time Judah's wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had recovered from his grief, he went up to Timnah, to the men who were shearing his sheep, and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went with him.

Genesis 38:12, ESV: In the course of time the wife of Judah, Shua’s daughter, died. When Judah was comforted, he went up to Timnah to his sheepshearers, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.

Genesis 38:12, KJV: And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah's wife died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.

Genesis 38:12, NASB: Now after a considerable time Shua’s daughter, the wife of Judah, died; and when the time of mourning was ended, Judah went up to his sheepshearers at Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.

Genesis 38:12, NLT: Some years later Judah's wife died. After the time of mourning was over, Judah and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went up to Timnah to supervise the shearing of his sheep.

Genesis 38:12, CSB: After a long time Judah's wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had finished mourning, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went up to Timnah to his sheepshearers.

What does Genesis 38:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Two of Judah's three sons with his Canaanite wife (Genesis 38:2–5) have been put to death by God for their wickedness (Genesis 38:7, 9–10). Judah's wife has died, as well. She remains unnamed, identified only as the daughter of a man named Shua.

After a time of mourning had passed, Judah and his friend Hirah travel to Judah's sheepshearers in a town called Timnah. Sheep-shearing was accompanied by celebrations, much as western cultures celebrate fall harvests.

Judah's travel will provide an opportunity for Tamar (Genesis 38:13), his twice-widowed daughter-in-law. Though Judah claimed to have been waiting to allow Tamar to marry his youngest son, Shelah (Genesis 38:11), that has proven to be a lie (Genesis 38:14). Her scheme is risky, used in desperation.