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Genesis 38:30

30 Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out. And he was named Zerah.a

Read Genesis 38:30 Using Other Translations

And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.
Afterward his brother came out with the scarlet thread on his hand, and his name was called Zerah.
Then the baby with the scarlet string on his wrist was born, and he was named Zerah.

What does Genesis 38:30 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 38:30

And afterward came out his brother that had the scarlet
thread upon his hand
By which it was known that he so far came out first; which confirms the remarkable birth of his brother, who notwithstanding got the start of him: and his name was called Zarah;
not from "rising", or his coming forth like the rising sun, as is usually observed; but rather from his return, or drawing back his hand, and as it were returning to his mother's womb; and so, according to Hillerus F12, Zarah, by a transposition of letters, comes from (rzx) "Chazar", to return: but Jarchi thinks he had his name from the refulgent appearance of the scarlet thread on his wrist.


FOOTNOTES:

F12 Onomastic. Sacr. p. 372.
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