Genesis 38:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 38:5, NIV: "She gave birth to still another son and named him Shelah. It was at Kezib that she gave birth to him."

Genesis 38:5, ESV: "Yet again she bore a son, and she called his name Shelah. Judah was in Chezib when she bore him."

Genesis 38:5, KJV: "And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him."

Genesis 38:5, NASB: "She gave birth to yet another son and named him Shelah; and it was at Chezib that she gave birth to him."

Genesis 38:5, NLT: "And when she gave birth to a third son, she named him Shelah. At the time of Shelah's birth, they were living at Kezib."

Genesis 38:5, CSB: "She gave birth to another son and named him Shelah. It was at Chezib that she gave birth to him."

What does Genesis 38:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob's son Judah (Genesis 29:25) moved to the region of Abdullam, away from his brothers and family at Hebron. His Canaanite wife has now given birth to three sons (Genesis 38:1–4). The first two are named Er and Onan. Both will meet an early death, dying separately as punishment for their sins (Genesis 38:7; 9–10).

Judah's third son is named Shelah, which means something like "drawn out." When his third son is born, Judah is away but nearby, at a town called Chezib. These locations are only a few miles / kilometers apart.

While Judah does not yet realize it, his offspring will have an incredible legacy. Among his descendants are David, Solomon, and Jesus (Matthew 1:1–16). However, none of his three eldest sons will be part of that genealogy. Instead, his family line will be extended through a series of tragic and deceptive acts (Genesis 38:24–26).