Genesis 38:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 38:2, NIV: There Judah met the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. He married her and made love to her;

Genesis 38:2, ESV: There Judah saw the daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua. He took her and went in to her,

Genesis 38:2, KJV: And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her.

Genesis 38:2, NASB: Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua; and he took her as a wife and had relations with her.

Genesis 38:2, NLT: There he saw a Canaanite woman, the daughter of Shua, and he married her. When he slept with her,

Genesis 38:2, CSB: There Judah saw the daughter of a Canaanite named Shua; he took her as a wife and slept with her.

What does Genesis 38:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham's offspring had been told not to take wives from the land of Canaan (Genesis 28:1). This was due to issues of idol worship: later, God would make it explicitly against His law to assimilate with the people of the land which God had promised to Israel (Deuteronomy 7:1–4). Abraham went out of his way to get Isaac a wife from outside of the land (Genesis 24:1–4), and Isaac and Rebekah were not pleased with Esau's Canaanite wives (Genesis 26:34; 27:46). Jacob, as well, had taken wives from his mother's homeland and not from the Canaanite peoples (Genesis 29:10–12).

Apparently defying this directive, Judah takes a Canaanite woman, the daughter of a man named Shua, presumably as his wife. Marriage is not explicitly mentioned but seems to be implied. Judah (Genesis 29:25) has recently conspired with his brothers to sell their younger sibling, Joseph, to slave traders (Genesis 37:26–28). For reasons unknown, Judah then moved away from his brothers and the rest of the family at Hebron to live in a town called Adullam (Genesis 38:1).