Rotherham's Emphasized Bible

Genesis 38

Judah begetteth Er, Onan, and Shelah.

Genesis 38:1 And it came to pass, at that time, that Judah went down, away from his brethren,—and turned aside unto a certain Adullamite, whose, name, was Hirah. Genesis 38:2 And Judah saw there, a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose, name, was Shua,—and he took her, and went in unto her; Genesis 38:3 and she conceived, and bare a son,—and he called his name, Er. Genesis 38:4 And she conceived again, and bare a son,—and she called his name Onan. Genesis 38:5 And she, yet again, bare a son, and called his name, Shelah,—and, she, was at Chezib, when she bare him.

Er marrieth Tamar.

Genesis 38:6 And Judah took a wife, for Er his firstborn,—and, her name, was Tamar. Genesis 38:7 And it came to pass that Er, Judah's firstborn, was displeasing in the eyes of Yahweh,—so Yahweh put him to death.

The trespass of Onan.

Genesis 38:8 Then said Judah to Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law unto her,—and raise up seed, to thy brother. Genesis 38:9 And Onan knew that the seed would not be his,—and so, although he did go in unto his brother's wife, yet made he waste upon the ground, so as not to give seed to his brother. Genesis 38:10 And it was displeasing in the eyes of Yahweh, what he had done,—so he put, him also, to death.

Tamar stayeth for Shelah.

Genesis 38:11 Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter-in-law—Remain a widow in the house of thy father, until Shelah my son grow up. For he said, Lest, he also, die, like his brethren. So Tamar went her way, and remained in the house of her father.

Genesis 38:12 And, when the days were multiplied, then died Shua's daughter, Judah's wife,—and Judah consoled himself, and went up unto his sheepshearers, he, and Hirah his friend the Adullamite, towards Timnah.

She deceiveth Judah.

Genesis 38:13 And it was told Tamar, saying,—Lo! thy father-in-law, is going up towards Timnah, to the shearing of his sheep. Genesis 38:14 So she put off from her the garments of her widowhood, and covered herself with a veil, and wrapped herself up, and sat down in the entrance of, Enaim, which is by the way towards Timnah,—for she saw that Shelah had grown up, and, she, had not been given him to wife. Genesis 38:15 And Judah, seeing her, reckoned her to be an unchaste woman,—for she had covered her face. Genesis 38:16 So he turned aside unto her, by the way, and said, Grant it! I pray thee, let me come in unto thee! For he knew not that she, was, his daughter-in-law. And she said, What wilt thou give me, if thou shouldst come in unto me? Genesis 38:17 And he said, I, will send a kid of the goats, from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give a pledge, until thou send it? Genesis 38:18 And he said—What is the pledge that I shall give thee? And she said—Thy signet-ring, and thy guard, and thy staff that is in thy hand. So he gave them to her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him. Genesis 38:19 Then she arose and went her way, and put off her veil from her,—and put on the garments of her widowhood. Genesis 38:20 And Judah sent the kid of the goats, by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive the pledge, at the hand of the woman,—but he found her not. Genesis 38:21 So he asked the men of her place, saying, Where is the devotee, she, that was in Enaim, by the way? And they said,—There hath been, here, no devotee. Genesis 38:22 Then returned he unto Judah, and said—I found her not,—moreover, also, the men of the place, said, There hath been, here, no devotee. Genesis 38:23 And Judah said: Thou must take it to her, lest we become a contempt,—lo! I sent this kid, and, thou, hast not found her.

Genesis 38:24 And it came to pass that, about three months after, it was told Judah, saying—Tamar thy daughter-in-law hath been guilty of unchastity, moreover, also lo! she hath conceived by unchastity. Then said Judah, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. Genesis 38:25 When, she, was about to be brought forth, then, she herself, sent unto her father-in-law, saying, By the man to whom these belong, have, I, conceived! And she said—Examine, I pray thee, to whom belong the signet-ring, and the guard, and the staff—these! Genesis 38:26 So Judah examined them and said—More righteous than I! forasmuch, as I had not given her to Shelah my son. And he knew her again, no more.

She beareth twins, Pharez and Zarah.

Genesis 38:27 And it came to pass, at the time of her travail, that lo! twins, were in her womb. Genesis 38:28 And it came to pass, when she was in travail, that one put forth a hand,—so the midwife took and bound upon his hand a crimson thread, saying—This, came first! Genesis 38:29 And so it was that, no sooner had he withdrawn his hand, than lo! his brother had come. And she said, Wherefore hast thou made for thyself a breach? So his name was called Perez. Genesis 38:30 And, afterwards, came his brother, on whose hand, was the crimson thread,—so his name was called Zerah.

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