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Genesis 38

Judah begetteth Er, Onan, and Shelah.

Genesis 38:1 And at that time Iudah went downe from his brethren, and turned in to a man called Hirah an Adullamite. Genesis 38:2 And Iudah sawe there the daughter of a man called Suah a Canaanite: and he tooke her to wife, and went in vnto her. Genesis 38:3 So she conceiued and bare a sonne, and he called his name Er. Genesis 38:4 And she conceiued againe, & bare a sonne, and she called his name Onan. Genesis 38:5 Moreouer she bare yet a sonne, whome she called Shelah: and Iudah was at Chezib when she bare him.

Er marrieth Tamar.

Genesis 38:6 Then Iudah tooke a wife to Er his first borne sonne whose name was Tamar. Genesis 38:7 Now Er the first borne of Iudah was wicked in the sight of the Lord: therefore the Lord slewe him.

The trespass of Onan.

Genesis 38:8 Then Iudah said to Onan, Goe in vnto thy brothers wife, and do the office of a kinsman vnto her, and raise vp seede vnto thy brother. Genesis 38:9 And Onan knewe that the seede should not be his: therefore when he went in vnto his brothers wife, he spilled it on the grounde, least he should giue seede vnto his brother. Genesis 38:10 And it was wicked in the eyes of the Lord, which he did: wherefore he slewe him also.

Tamar stayeth for Shelah.

Genesis 38:11 Then said Iudah to Tamar his daughter in lawe, Remaine a widowe in thy fathers house, till Shelah my sonne growe vp (for he thought thus, Least he die as well as his brethren.) So Tamar went and dwelt in her fathers house.

Genesis 38:12 And in processe of time also the daughter of Shuah Iudahs wife dyed. Then Iudah, when he had left mourning, went vp to his sheepe sherers to Timnah, he, and his neighbour Hirah the Adullamite.

She deceiveth Judah.

Genesis 38:13 And it was tolde Tamar, saying, beholde, thy father in lawe goeth vp to Timnah, to shere his sheepe. Genesis 38:14 Then she put her widowes garments off from her, and couered her with a vaile, and wrapped her selfe, and sate downe in Pethah-enaim, which is by the way to Timnah, because she sawe that Shelah was growen, and she was not giuen vnto him to wife. Genesis 38:15 When Iudah sawe her, he iudged her an whore: for she had couered her face. Genesis 38:16 And he turned to the way towardes her, and saide, Come, I pray thee, let me lie with thee. (for he knewe not that she was his daughter in lawe) And she answered, What wilt thou giue me for to lie with me? Genesis 38:17 Then said he, I will sende thee a kid of the goates from the flocke; she said, Well, if thou wilt giue me a pledge, till thou sende it. Genesis 38:18 Then he saide, What is the pledge that I shall giue thee? And she answered, Thy signet, and thy cloke, and thy staffe that is in thine hande. So he gaue it her, and lay by her, and she was with childe by him. Genesis 38:19 Then she rose, and went and put her vaile from her and put on her widowes raiment. Genesis 38:20 Afterwarde Iudah sent a kid of the goates by the hande of his neighbour the Adullamite, for to receiue his pledge from the womans hand: but he found her not. Genesis 38:21 Then asked he the men of that place, saying, Where is ye whore, that sate in Enaim by the way side? And they answered, There was no whore here. Genesis 38:22 He came therefore to Iudah againe, and said, I can not finde her, and also the men of the place said, There was no whore there. Genesis 38:23 Then Iudah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: beholde, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

Genesis 38:24 Now after three moneths, one tolde Iudah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the whore, and lo, with playing the whore, she is great with childe. Then Iudah saide, Bring ye her foorth and let her be burnt. Genesis 38:25 When she was brought foorth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, vnto whom these things pertaine, am I with childe: and saide also, Looke, I pray thee, whose these are, the seale, and the cloke, and the staffe. Genesis 38:26 Then Iudah knewe them, and said, She is more righteous then I: for she hath done it because I gaue her not to Shelah my sonne. So he lay with her no more.

She beareth twins, Pharez and Zarah.

Genesis 38:27 Now, when the time was come that she should be deliuered, beholde, there were twinnes in her wombe. Genesis 38:28 And when she was in trauell, the one put out his hand: and the midwife tooke and bound a red threde about his hand, saying, This is come out first. Genesis 38:29 But when he plucked his hand backe againe, loe, his brother came out, and the midwife said, How hast thou broken the breach vpon thee? and his name was called Pharez. Genesis 38:30 And afterward came out his brother that had the red threde about his hande, and his name was called Zarah.

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