11 Then Judah said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, “Remain a widow in your father’s house until my son Shelah grows up.”(A) For he thought, “He might die too, like his brothers.” So Tamar went to live in her father’s house.

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Preserving the Family Line

“When brothers live on the same property[a] and one of them dies without a son, the wife of the dead man may not marry a stranger outside the family. Her brother-in-law is to take her as his wife, have sexual relations with her, and perform the duty of a brother-in-law for her.

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Footnotes

  1. 25:5 Lit live together

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