Genesis 38:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 38:27, NIV: When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb.

Genesis 38:27, ESV: When the time of her labor came, there were twins in her womb.

Genesis 38:27, KJV: And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.

Genesis 38:27, NASB: It came about at the time she was giving birth, that behold, there were twins in her womb.

Genesis 38:27, NLT: When the time came for Tamar to give birth, it was discovered that she was carrying twins.

Genesis 38:27, CSB: When the time came for her to give birth, there were twins in her womb.

What does Genesis 38:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Twins seem to run in Abraham's family. Rebekah and Isaac had twin boys: Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25:23–26). Those men would become the founders of the nations of Israel (Genesis 35:10) and Edom (Genesis 36:1), respectively. Now Jacob's son Judah (Genesis 29:25) has twins with Tamar (Genesis 38:14–18).

Just as with Jacob and Esau, the twins are born into rivalry. As with Jacob and Esau, the older (Genesis 28) will be supplanted by the younger (Genesis 38:29).