That is not the character in question, but the previous one. There are two characters. One means “fruitful/fertile” the other “multiply/increase”. Right?
I think I see what you are getting at, not to be infertile, but I wonder if that was the intention back then since fertility was not anything that one could turn off or on. Some women were and some weren’t like the wife of Abraham. It wasn’t her fault that she couldn’t conceive. She didn’t do anything wrong.
Yes, of course natural infertility is not a sin. We do not believe that. What we believe is rendering the act of conjugal intercourse infertile by an intentional act is sinful.
Lets look at the same book of Genesis. Did Onan render himself and his brother’s wife infertile? What if he would have denied to sleep with his brothers wife? Would he still have been put to death, or was it because he actually participated in intercourse AND rendered the act infertile?
Then Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife, and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother.”*But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife he spilled the semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother.And what he did was displeasing in the sight of theLord, and he slew him also.
I am really OK with the be “fruitful and multiply” of the King James version. The scholars of that time decided it would be the English equivalent closest to the Hebrew. The two monuments of the English language happened around the same time, at the beginning of the 1600’s with the King James Bible and the plays of Shakespeare. It might be a bit quaint these days to prefer this version of the Bible but I am also a traditionalist with regard to Latin liturgy as well.
And I am OK with “fruitful and multiply” also.
Nevertheless, I am curious what the character in question (sorry, I don’t know how to copy it from the source I use) most literally means. Here is the link for the source I use: scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/Hebrew_Index.htm