Genesis 38:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 38:3, NIV: "she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, who was named Er."

Genesis 38:3, ESV: "and she conceived and bore a son, and he called his name Er."

Genesis 38:3, KJV: "And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er."

Genesis 38:3, NASB: "And she conceived and gave birth to a son, and he named him Er."

Genesis 38:3, NLT: "she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and he named the boy Er."

Genesis 38:3, CSB: "She conceived and gave birth to a son, and he named him Er."

What does Genesis 38:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob's son Judah (Genesis 29:25) has moved away from his brothers and family at Hebron and taken a Canaanite woman as his wife (Genesis 38:2). She becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son named Er, which may mean "guard" or "watchful."

Judah has recently conspired with his brothers to sell their sibling, Joseph, into slavery (Genesis 37:26–28). As he grows his own family, Judah does not realize that Joseph is becoming a powerful figure in Egypt (Genesis 45:1).