Genesis 38:10

10 What he did was wicked in the LORD’s sight; so the LORD put him to death also.

Read Genesis 38:10 Using Other Translations

And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.
And what he did was wicked in the sight of the LORD, and he put him to death also.
But the LORD considered it evil for Onan to deny a child to his dead brother. So the LORD took Onan’s life, too.

What does Genesis 38:10 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 38:10

And the thing which he did displeased the Lord
Being done out of envy to his brother, and through want of affection to the memory of his name; and it may be out of covetousness to get his estate into his own hands, and especially as it frustrated the end of such an usage of marrying a brother's wife; which appears to be according to the will of God, since it afterwards became a known law of his; and it was the more displeasing, as it was not only a check upon the multiplication of Abraham's seed as promised, but since the Messiah was to come from Judah. This was doing all to hinder it that lay in his power: wherefore he slew him also;
in like manner as he had slain his brother, ( Genesis 38:7 ) .

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