NASB — Genesis 38 — KJV

Judah and Tamar

1 And it came about at that time, that Judah Ideparted from his brothers and IIvisited a certain aAdullamite, whose name was Hirah. 2 Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was aShua; and he took her and went in to her. 3 So she conceived and bore a son and he named him aEr. 4 Then she conceived again and bore a son and named him aOnan. 5 She bore still another son and named him aShelah; and it was at Chezib Ithat she bore him.

[1] ILit went down IILit turned aside to aJsh 15:35; 1S 22:1
[2] a1Ch 2:3
[3] aGn 46:12; Nu 26:19
[4] aGn 46:12
[5] ILit when aNu 26:20

6 ¶ Now Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name [was] Tamar. 7 But aEr, Judah’s firstborn, was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD took his life. 8 Then Judah said to Onan, “aGo in to your brother’s wife, and perform your duty as a brother-in-law to her, and raise up Ioffspring for your brother.” 9 Onan knew that the Iaoffspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife, he IIwasted his seed on the ground in order not to give Ioffspring to his brother. 10 But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the LORD; so He atook his life also. 11 Then Judah said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, “aRemain a widow in your father’s house until my son Shelah grows up”; for he Ithought, “[I am afraid] that he too may die like his brothers.” So Tamar went and lived in her father’s house.

[7] aGn 46:12; Nu 26:19; 1Ch 2:3
[8] ILit seed aDt 25:5, 6; Mt 22:24
[9] ILit seed IILit spilled on the ground aDt 25:6
[10] aGn 46:12; Nu 26:19
[11] ILit said aRu 1:12, 13

12 ¶ Now Iafter a considerable time Shua’s daughter, the wife of Judah, died; and when IIthe time of mourning was ended, Judah went up to his sheepshearers at aTimnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. 13 It was told to Tamar, “IBehold, your father-in-law is going up to aTimnah to shear his sheep.” 14 So she Iremoved her widow’s garments and acovered [herself] with a IIveil, and wrapped herself, and sat in the gateway of IIIEnaim, which is on the road to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah had grown up, and bshe had not been given to him as a wife. 15 When Judah saw her, he thought she [was] a harlot, for she had covered her face. 16 So he turned aside to her by the road, and said, “IHere now, let me come in to you”; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. And she said, “What will you give me, that you may come in to me?” 17 He said, therefore, “I will send you a Iyoung goat from the flock.” She said, moreover, “Will you give a pledge until you send [it]?” 18 He said, “What pledge shall I give you?” And she said, “aYour seal and your cord, and your staff that is in your hand.” So he gave [them] to her and went in to her, and she conceived by him. 19 Then she arose and departed, and Iremoved her IIveil and put on her widow’s garments.

[12] ILit the days became many and IILit Judah was comforted, he aJsh 15:10, 57
[13] ILit saying, Behold aJsh 15:10, 57; Jg 14:1
[14] ILit removed from herself IIOr shawl IIIIn Jsh 15:34, Enam aGn 24:65 bGn 38:11, 26
[16] IOr Come, now
[17] ILit kid of goats
[18] aGn 38:25; 41:42
[19] ILit removed from herself IIOr shawl

20 ¶ When Judah sent the Iyoung goat by his friend the Adullamite, to receive the pledge from the woman’s hand, he did not find her. 21 He asked the men of her place, saying, “Where is the temple prostitute who was by the road at Enaim?” But they said, “There has been no temple prostitute here.” 22 So he returned to Judah, and said, “I did not find her; and furthermore, the men of the place said, ‘There has been no temple prostitute here.’” 23 Then Judah said, “Let her Ikeep them, otherwise we will become a laughingstock. IIAfter all, I sent this young goat, but you did not find her.”

[20] ILit kid of goats by the hand of
[23] ILit take for herself IILit Behold

24 ¶ Now it was about three months later that Judah was informed, “IYour daughter-in-law Tamar has played the harlot, and behold, she is also with child by harlotry.” Then Judah said, “Bring her out and alet her be burned!” 25 It was while she was being brought out that she sent to her father-in-law, saying, “I am with child by the man to whom these things belong.” And she said, “aPlease examine and see, whose signet ring and cords and staff are these?” 26 Judah recognized [them], and said, “aShe is more righteous than I, inasmuch as bI did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not Ihave relations with her again.

[24] ILit saying, Your aLv 21:9
[25] aGn 37:32
[26] ILit know her yet again a1S 24:17 bGn 38:14

27 ¶ It came about at the time she was giving birth, that behold, there were atwins in her womb. 28 Moreover, it took place while she was giving birth, one put out a hand, and the midwife took and tied a scarlet [thread] on his hand, saying, “This one came out first.” 29 But it came about as he drew back his hand, that behold, his brother came out. Then she said, “What a breach you have made for yourself!” So he was named IaPerez. 30 Afterward his brother came out who had the scarlet [thread] on his hand; and he was named IaZerah.

[27] aGn 25:24-26
[29] II.e. a breach aGn 46:12; Ru 4:12
[30] II.e. a dawning or brightness a1Ch 2:4


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Judah begetteth Er, Onan, and Shelah.

1 ¶ And 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. 2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name [was] Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her. 3 And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er. 4 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan. 5 And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him.

[1] Gn 19:2; 33:1; Jsh 12:15; 15:35; Jg 4:18; 1S 22:1; 2S 23:13; 2K 4:8; Pv 9:6; 13:20; Mi 1:15.
[2] Gn 3:6; 6:2, 4; 24:3; 34:2; 46:12; Jg 14:2; 16:1; 2S 11:2; 1Ch 2:3; 2Co 6:14.
[3] Gn 46:12; Nu 26:19.
[4] Gn 46:12; Nu 26:19.
[5] Gn 38:11, 26; 46:12; Nu 26:20; 1Ch 4:21.

Er marrieth Tamar.

6 And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name [was] Tamar. 7 And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.

[6] Gn 21:21; 24:3; Mt 1:3.
[7] Gn 6:8; 13:13; 19:13; 46:12; Nu 26:19; 1Ch 2:3; 2Ch 33:6; Ps 55:23.

The trespass of Onan.

8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. 9 And Onan knew that the seed should 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 that he should give seed to his brother. 10 And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.

[8] Lv 18:16; Nu 36:8; Dt 25:5; Ru 1:11; 4:5; Mt 22:23.
[9] Dt 25:6; Ru 1:11; 4:10; Jb 5:2; Pv 27:4; Tit 3:3; Jm 3:14, 16; 4:5.
[10] Gn 46:12; Nu 11:1; 22:34; 26:19; 2S 11:27; 1Ch 21:7; Pv 14:32; 24:18; Jr 44:4; Hg 1:13.

Tamar stayeth for Shelah.

11 Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren [did]. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.

[11] Lv 22:13; Ru 1:11, 13.

12 ¶ And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah's wife died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.

[12] Gn 24:67; 31:19; 38:1; Jsh 15:10, 35, 37; 19:43; Jg 14:1; 1S 25:4, 36; 2S 13:23, 39.

She deceiveth Judah.

13 And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep. 14 And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which [is] by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife. 15 When Judah saw her, he thought her [to be] an harlot; because she had covered her face. 16 And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, 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? 17 And he said, I will send [thee] a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give [me] a pledge, till thou send [it]? 18 And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that [is] in thine hand. And he gave [it] her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him. 19 And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood. 20 And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive [his] pledge from the woman's hand: but he found her not. 21 Then he 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]. 22 And he returned to Judah, and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place said, [that] there was no harlot in this [place]. 23 And Judah said, Let her take [it] to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

[14] Gn 38:11, 12, 26; Jsh 15:34; Pv 7:12; Jr 3:2; Ezk 16:25.
[16] Dt 23:18; 2S 13:11; Ezk 16:33; Mt 26:15; 1Ti 6:10.
[17] Gn 38:20, 24; Pv 20:16; Ezk 16:33; Lk 16:8.
[18] Gn 38:25; Jr 22:24; Ho 4:11; Lk 15:22.
[19] Gn 38:14; 2S 14:2, 5.
[20] Gn 20:9; Lv 19:17; Jg 14:20; 2S 13:3; Lk 23:12.
[21] Gn 38:14.
[23] 2S 12:9; Pv 6:33; Ro 6:21; 2Co 4:2; Ep 5:12; Rv 16:15.

24 ¶ And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she [is] with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. 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 she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose [are] these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff. 26 And Judah acknowledged [them], and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.

[24] Gn 20:3, 7, 9; 34:31; Lv 20:10; 21:9; Dt 22:21; 24:16; Jg 19:2; 2S 12:5, 7; Ec 7:26; Jr 2:20; 3:1, 6, 8; 29:22; Ezk 16:15, 28, 41; 23:5, 19, 44; Ho 2:5; 3:3; 4:15; Mt 7:1; Ro 2:1; 14:22.
[25] Gn 37:32; 38:18; Ps 50:21; Jr 2:26; Ro 2:16; 1Co 4:5; Rv 20:12.
[26] Gn 4:1; 37:33; 38:14; 1S 24:17; 2S 16:22; 20:3; 24:17; Jb 4:5; 34:31; 40:5; Ezk 16:52; Hab 1:13; Mt 3:8; Jn 8:9; Ro 3:19; 13:12; Tit 2:11; 1P 4:2.

She beareth twins, Pharez and Zarah.

27 ¶ And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins [were] in her womb. 28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that [the one] put out [his] hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first. 29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? [this] breach [be] upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez. 30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.

[29] Gn 46:12; Nu 26:20; 1Ch 2:4; 9:4; Ne 11:4, 6; Mt 1:3; Lk 3:33.
[30] 1Ch 9:6; Mt 1:3.


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