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Genesis 38:16-18

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38:16 He turned aside to her along the road and said, “Come on! I want to have sex with you.” 1  (He did not realize 2  it was his daughter-in-law.) She asked, “What will you give me in exchange for having sex with you?” 3  38:17 He replied, “I’ll send you a young goat from the flock.” She asked, “Will you give me a pledge until you send it?” 4  38:18 He said, “What pledge should I give you?” She replied, “Your seal, your cord, and the staff that’s in your hand.” So he gave them to her and had sex with her. 5  She became pregnant by him.

1 tn Heb “I will go to you.” The imperfect verbal form probably indicates his desire here. The expression “go to” is a euphemism for sexual intercourse.

2 tn Heb “for he did not know that.”

3 tn Heb “when you come to me.” This expression is a euphemism for sexual intercourse.

4 tn Heb “until you send.”

5 tn Heb “and he went to her.” This expression is a euphemism for sexual intercourse.



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