Judah begetteth Er, Onan, and Shelah.
Genesis 38:1 And it fortuned at that tyme þt Iudas went from his brethren & gat him to a man called Hira of Odollam, Genesis 38:2 & there he sawe þe daughter of a man called Sua & Canaanyte: And he toke her and went in vnto her. Genesis 38:3 And she conceyued & bare a sonne and called hys name Er. Genesis 38:4 And she conceyued agayne and bare a sonne & called him Onan. Genesis 38:5 And she conceyued the thyrde tyme & bare a sonne, whom she called Sela: and he was at Chesyb when she bare him.
Er marrieth Tamar.
Genesis 38:6 And Iudas gaue Er hys Eldest sonne a wyfe whose name was Thamar. Genesis 38:7 But thys Er Iudas eldest sonne was wicked in the syght of the Lord, wherfore the Lorde slewe him.
The trespass of Onan.
Genesis 38:8 Than sayde Iudas vnto Onan: goo into thy brothers wyfe & marye her, and styrre vp seed vnto thy brother. Genesis 38:9 And when Onan perceyued that the seed should not be hys: therfore when he went in to hys brothers wyfe, he spylled it on the ground, because he wolde not geue seed vnto his brother. Genesis 38:10 And þe thyng whych he dyd, dyspleased the Lorde, wherfore he slewe hym also.
Tamar stayeth for Shelah.
Genesis 38:11 Than sayde Iudas to Thamar hys daughter in lawe: remayne a wydow at thy fathers house, tyll Sela my sonne be growne: for he feared lest he should haue dyed also, as hys brethren dyd. Thus went Thamar & dwelt in hyr fathers house.
Genesis 38:12 And in processe of tyme, the daughter of Sua Iudas wyfe dyed. Than Iudas when he had left mornynge, went vnto hys shepe sherers to Thymnath with his frende Hira of Odollam.
She deceiveth Judah.
Genesis 38:13 And one told Thamar sayinge: beholde, thy father in lawe goth vp to Thymnathe, to shere hys shepe. Genesis 38:14 And she pute hyr wyddows garments of from her & couered her wyth a clooke, & dysguysed her self: And sat her downe at the enterynge of Enaim which is by the heye waye syde to Thymnath, for because she sawe that Sela was growne, and she was not geuen vnto hym to wyfe. Genesis 38:15 When Iuda sawe her, he thought it had bene an whoore, because she had couered her face. Genesis 38:16 And turned to her vnto the waye and sayde, come I praye the, let me lye wyth the, for he knewe not that it was his daughter in lawe. And she sayd what wylt thou geue me for to lye wt me? Genesis 38:17 Than sayde he, I wyl sende the a kydd from the flocke. She answered, Than geue me a pledge tyl thou send it. Genesis 38:18 Than sayde he, what pledge shall I geue the? And she sayde: thy sygnet, thy bracelet, and thy staffe that is in thy hande. And he gaue it her & lay by her, & she was whith childe by him. Genesis 38:19 And she gather vp & went & put her mantell from her, and put on her wydowes rayment agayn. Genesis 38:20 And Iudas sent the kydd by his neybure of Odollam, for to fetch out his pledge agayn from the wyfes hande. But he found her not. Genesis 38:21 Than asked he the men of the same place sayinge: where is the whoore that sat at Enaim in the waye? And they sayde: there was no whoore here. Genesis 38:22 And he came to Iuda agayne sayinge: I can not fynde her, & also the men of the place sayd: that there was no whoore there. Genesis 38:23 And Iuda sayde: let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: for I sent the kydd and thou couldest not fynde her.
Genesis 38:24 And it came to passe that after .iij. monethes, one tolde Iuda sayinge: Thamar thy daughter in lawe hath played the whoore, & wyth playinge the whoore is become greate wt chylde. Genesis 38:25 And Iuda sayde: brynge her forth & let her be brente. And when they brought her forth, she sent to her father in law saying: by the man vnto whome these thynges pertayne, am I wyth chylde. And sayd also: loke whose are thys seall, bracelet, and staffe. Genesis 38:26 And Iuda knewe them saying: she is more ryghtwes than I, because I gaue her not to Sela my sonne. But he lay with her nomore.
She beareth twins, Pharez and Zarah.
Genesis 38:27 When tyme was come that she shulde be delyuered, beholde there was two twynnes in her wombe. Genesis 38:28 And as she traueled, the one put out hys hande and the mydwyfe toke & bound a redde threde aboute it sayinge: thys wyll come oute fyrste. Genesis 38:29 But he plucked hys hande backe agayne, and hys brother came out. And she sayd: wherfore hast thou rent a rent vpon the? and called hym Pharez. Genesis 38:30 And afterwarde came oute his brother that had the rede threde about his hande, whyche was, called Zarah.