Genesis 38
American Standard Version
Judah and Tamar

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

6And Judah took a wife for Er his first-born, and her name was Tamar. 7And Er, Judah's first-born, was wicked in the sight of Jehovah. And Jehovah slew him. 8And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother unto her, and raise up seed to thy brother. 9And Onan knew that the seed would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest he should give seed to his brother. 10And the thing which he did was evil in the sight of Jehovah: and he slew him also. 11Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter-in-law, Remain a widow in thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown up; for he said, Lest he also die, like his brethren. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.

12And in process of time Shua's daughter, the wife of Judah, died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheep-shearers to Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. 13And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold, thy father-in-law goeth up to Timnah to shear his sheep. 14And she put off from her the garments of her widowhood, and covered herself with her veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in the gate of Enaim, which is by the way to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was grown up, and she was not given unto him to wife. 15When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; for she had covered her face. 16And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Come, 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, that thou mayest come in unto me? 17And he said, I will send thee a kid of the goats from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it? 18And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet and thy cord, and thy staff that is in thy hand. And he gave them to her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him. 19And she arose, and went away, and put off her veil from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.

20And Judah sent the kid of the goats by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive the pledge from the woman's hand: but he found her not. 21Then he asked the men of her place, saying, Where is the prostitute, that was at Enaim by the wayside? And they said, There hath been no prostitute here. 22And he returned to Judah, and said, I have not found her; and also the men of the place said, There hath been no prostitute here. 23And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be put to shame: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

24And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter-in-law hath played the harlot; and moreover, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. 25When she was brought forth, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and the cords, and the staff. 26And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She is more righteous than I; forasmuch as I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.

The Birth of Pharez and Zarah

27And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb. 28And it came to pass, when she travailed, that one put out a hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first. 29And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, Wherefore hast thou made a breach for thyself? Therefore his name was called Perez. 30And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zerah.

Section Headings Courtesy INT Bible
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1. Judah begets Er, Onan, and Shelah.
6. Er's marriage with Tamar, and death.
8. The trespass of Onan.
11. Tamar is reserved for Shelah.
12. Judah's wife dies.
13. Tamar deceives Judah.
27. She bears twins, Pharez and Zarah.
Genesis 1: The Creation

Genesis 2: The Seventh Day: God Rests

Genesis 3: The Serpent's Deception

Genesis 4: Cain and Abel

Genesis 5: The Descendants of Adam

Genesis 6: The Wickedness of Man

Genesis 7: Entering the Ark

Genesis 8: The Ark Rests on Ararat

Genesis 9: The Covenant of the Rainbow

Genesis 10: The Japhethites

Genesis 11: The Tower of Babel

Genesis 12: The Calling of Abram

Genesis 13: Abram and Lot Part Ways

Genesis 14: The War of the Kings

Genesis 15: God's Covenant with Abram

Genesis 16: Sarah, Hagar and Ishmael

Genesis 17: Abram Named Abraham

Genesis 18: Abraham's Celestial Visitors

Genesis 19: Lot Welcomes the Angels

Genesis 20: Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech

Genesis 21: The Birth of Isaac

Genesis 22: The Offering of Isaac

Genesis 23: The Death and Burial of Sarah

Genesis 24: A Wife for Isaac

Genesis 25: Abraham and Keturah

Genesis 26: God's Promise to Isaac

Genesis 27: Jacob's Deception

Genesis 28: Jacob Flees to Laban

Genesis 29: Jacob Meets Rachel

Genesis 30: Dan and Naphtali

Genesis 31: Jacob Flees From Laban

Genesis 32: Jacob's Fear of Esau

Genesis 33: Jacob Meets Esau

Genesis 34: The Defiling of Dinah

Genesis 35: Jacob Returns to Bethel

Genesis 36: Esau's Descendants

Genesis 37: Joseph's Dreams

Genesis 38: Judah and Tamar

Genesis 39: Joseph and Potiphar's Wife

Genesis 40: The Cupbearer and the Baker

Genesis 41: The Dreams of Pharaoh

Genesis 42: Joseph's Brothers Sent to Egypt

Genesis 43: The Return to Egypt with Benjamin

Genesis 44: Benjamin and the Silver Cup

Genesis 45: Joseph Reveals his Identity

Genesis 46: Jacob's Journey to Egypt

Genesis 47: Jacob Settles in Goshen

Genesis 48: Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh

Genesis 49: Jacob Blesses his Sons

Genesis 50: Mourning and Burial for Jacob

Genesis 37
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