Parallel Verses

Youngs Literal Translation

and Onan knoweth that the seed is not reckoned his; and it hath come to pass, if he hath gone in unto his brother's wife, that he hath destroyed it to the earth, so as not to give seed to his brother;

New American Standard Bible

Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife, he wasted his seed on the ground in order not to give offspring to his brother.

King James Version

And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.

Holman Bible

But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his, so whenever he slept with his brother’s wife, he released his semen on the ground so that he would not produce offspring for his brother.

International Standard Version

But Onan knew that the offspring wouldn't be his own heir, so whenever he had sexual relations with his brother's wife, he would spill his semen on the ground to avoid fathering offspring for his brother.

A Conservative Version

And Onan knew that the seed would not be his. And it came to pass, when he went in to his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest he should give seed to his brother.

American Standard Version

And Onan knew that the seed would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest he should give seed to his brother.

Amplified

Onan knew that the child (heir) would not be his [but his dead brother’s]; so whenever he lay with his brother’s widow, he spilled his seed on the ground [to prevent conception], so that he would not give a child to his brother.

Bible in Basic English

But Onan, seeing that the offspring would not be his, went in to his brother's wife, but let his seed go on to the earth, so that he might not get offspring for his brother.

Darby Translation

But when Onan knew that the seed should not be his own, it came to pass when he went in to his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, in order to give no seed to his brother.

Julia Smith Translation

And Onan will know that not to him will be the seed; and it was when he went in to his brother's wife, he destroyed upon the earth, not to give seed to his brother.

King James 2000

And Onan knew that the descendant would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give a descendant to his brother.

Lexham Expanded Bible

But Onan knew that the offspring would not be for him, so whenever he went in to the wife of his brother he would waste [it] on the ground so as not to give offspring to his brother.

Modern King James verseion

And Onan knew that the seed would not be his. And it happened when he went in to his brother's wife, that he spilled on the ground, not giving seed to his brother.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

And when Onan perceived that the seed should not be his: therefore when he went into his brother's wife, he spilled it on the ground, because he would not give seed unto his brother.

NET Bible

But Onan knew that the child would not be considered his. So whenever he had sexual relations with his brother's wife, he withdrew prematurely so as not to give his brother a descendant.

New Heart English Bible

Onan knew that the seed wouldn't be his; and it happened, when he went in to his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest he should give seed to his brother.

The Emphasized Bible

And Onan knew that the seed would not be his, - and so although he did go in unto his brothers wife, yet made he waste upon the ground, so as not to give seed to his brother.

Webster

And Onan knew that the seed would not be his: and it came to pass, when he went in to his brother's wife, that he frustrated the purpose, lest he should give seed to his brother.

World English Bible

Onan knew that the seed wouldn't be his; and it happened, when he went in to his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest he should give seed to his brother.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
אונן 
'Ownan 
Usage: 8

that the seed
זרע 
Zera` 
Usage: 229

should not be his and it came to pass, when
אם 
'im 
Usage: 999

he went in

come, bring, ... in, enter, go, carry, ...down, pass, ...out,
Usage: 0

נשׁים אשּׁה 
'ishshah 
Usage: 780

שׁחת 
Shachath 
Usage: 146

it on the ground
ארץ 
'erets 
Usage: 2504

בּלתּי 
Biltiy 
but, except, save, nothing, lest, no, from, inasmuch, and not
Usage: 109

נתן 
Nathan 
Usage: 2011

זרע 
Zera` 
Usage: 229

References

Easton

Fausets

Hastings

Morish

Smith

Watsons

Context Readings

Judah And Tamar

8 And Judah saith to Onan, 'Go in unto the wife of thy brother, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother;' 9 and Onan knoweth that the seed is not reckoned his; and it hath come to pass, if he hath gone in unto his brother's wife, that he hath destroyed it to the earth, so as not to give seed to his brother; 10 and that which he hath done is evil in the eyes of Jehovah, and He putteth him also to death.


Cross References

Deuteronomy 25:6

and it hath been, the first-born which she beareth doth rise for the name of his dead brother, and his name is not wiped away out of Israel.

Ruth 1:11

And Naomi saith, 'Turn back, my daughters; why do ye go with me? are there yet to me sons in my bowels that they have been to you for husbands?

Ruth 4:10

and also Ruth the Moabitess, wife of Mahlon, I have bought to myself for a wife, to raise up the name of the dead over his inheritance; and the name of the dead is not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place; witnesses ye are to-day.'

Job 5:2

For provocation slayeth the perverse, And envy putteth to death the simple,

Proverbs 27:4

Fury is fierce, and anger is overflowing, And who standeth before jealousy?

Titus 3:3

for we were once -- also we -- thoughtless, disobedient, led astray, serving desires and pleasures manifold, in malice and envy living, odious -- hating one another;

James 3:14

and if bitter zeal ye have, and rivalry in your heart, glory not, nor lie against the truth;

James 3:16

for where zeal and rivalry are, there is insurrection and every evil matter;

James 4:5

Do ye think that emptily the Writing saith, 'To envy earnestly desireth the spirit that did dwell in us,'

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