1611 King James Bible

Genesis 38

Judah begetteth Er, Onan, and Shelah.

Genesis 38:1 And it came to passe at that time, that Iudah went downe from his brethren, and turned in to a certaine Adullamite, whose name [was] Hirah: Genesis 38:2 And Iudah saw there a daughter of a certaine Canaanite, whose name was Shuah: and he tooke her, and went in vnto her. Genesis 38:3 And she conceiued & bare a sonne, and he called his name Er. Genesis 38:4 And shee conceiued againe, and bare a sonne, and shee called his name, Onan. Genesis 38:5 And she yet againe conceiued and bare a sonne, and called his name Shelah: and hee was at Chezib, when shee bare him.

Er marrieth Tamar.

Genesis 38:6 And Iudah tooke a wife for Er his first borne, whose name [was] Tamar. Genesis 38:7 And Er, Iudahs first borne was wicked in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD slew him.

The trespass of Onan.

Genesis 38:8 And Iudah said vnto Onan, Goe in vnto thy brothers wife, and marrie her, and raise vp seed to thy brother. Genesis 38:9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to passe when hee went in vnto his brothers wife, that hee spilled it on the ground, least that hee should giue seed to his brother. Genesis 38:10 And the thing which he did, displeased the LORD: wherefore hee slew him also.

Tamar stayeth for Shelah.

Genesis 38:11 Then said Iudah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remaine a widow at thy fathers house, til Shelah my sonne be growen: (for he said, Lest peraduenture he die also as his brethren [did]) and Tamar went and dwelt in her fathers house.

Genesis 38:12 And in processe of time, the daughter of Shuah Iudahs wife died: and Iudah was comforted, and went vp vnto his sheepe-shearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.

She deceiveth Judah.

Genesis 38:13 And it was told Lamar, saying, Behold, thy father in law goeth vp to Timnath to sheare his sheepe. Genesis 38:14 And shee put her widowes garments off from her, and couered her with a vaile, and wrapped her selfe, and sate in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath: for shee sawe that Shelah was growen, and she was not giuen vnto him to wife. Genesis 38:15 When Iudah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot: because she had couered her face. Genesis 38:16 And hee turned vnto her by the way, and said, Goe to, I pray thee, let me come in vnto thee: (for he knew not that she [was] his daughter in law) and she said, what wilt thou giue mee, that thou mayest come in vnto me? Genesis 38:17 And hee said, I will send thee a kid from the flocke: and shee saide, Wilt thou giue [mee] a pledge, till thou send it? Genesis 38:18 And he said, What pledge shall I giue thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staffe, that is in thine hand: and he gaue it her, & came in vnto her, and she conceived by him. Genesis 38:19 And shee arose and went away, and laid by her vaile from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood. Genesis 38:20 And Iudah sent the kidde by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive [his] pledge from the womans hand: but he found her not. Genesis 38:21 Then hee asked the men of that place, saying, where is the harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in this [place]. Genesis 38:22 And he returned to Iudah, and said, I cannot finde her: and also the men of the place said, That there was no harlot in this [place]. Genesis 38:23 And Iudah said, Let her take it to her, lest we bee shamed: behold, I sent this kidde, and thou hast not found her.

Genesis 38:24 And it came to passe about three moneths after, that it was tolde Iudah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot, and also behold, she is with child by whoredom: and Iudah said, Bring her foorth, and let her be burnt. Genesis 38:25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man whose these are, am I with child: and shee said, Discerne, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staffe. Genesis 38:26 And Iudah acknowledged [them], and said, She hath bin more righteous then I: because that I gaue her not to Shelah my sonne: and he knew her againe no more.

She beareth twins, Pharez and Zarah.

Genesis 38:27 And it came to passe in the time of her trauaile, that beholde, twinnes were in her wombe. Genesis 38:28 And it came to passe when shee trauailed, that [the one] put out his hand, and the midwife tooke and bound vpon his hand a skarlet threed, saying, This came out first. Genesis 38:29 And it came to passe as he drewe backe his hand, that behold, his brother came out: and she said, how hast thou broken foorth? [this] breach [bee] vpon thee: Therefore his name was called Pharez. Genesis 38:30 And afterward came out his brother that [had] the skarlet threed vpon his hand, and his name was called Zarah.

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