She gave birth to yet another son and named him (A)Shelah; and it was at Chezib [a]that she gave birth to him.

Now Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. But (B)Er, Judah’s firstborn, was evil in the sight of the Lord, so the Lord took his life. Then Judah said to Onan, “(C)Have relations with your brother’s wife and perform your duty as a brother-in-law to her, and raise up a [b]child for your brother.” Now Onan knew that the [c](D)child would not be his; so when he had relations with his brother’s wife, he [d]wasted his seed on the ground so that he would not give [e]a child to his brother. 10 But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord; so He (E)took his life also. 11 Then Judah said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, “(F)Remain a widow in your father’s house until my son Shelah grows up”; for he [f]thought, “I am afraid that he too may die like his brothers.” So Tamar went and lived in her father’s house.

12 Now [g]after a considerable time Shua’s daughter, the wife of Judah, died; and when [h]the time of mourning was ended, Judah went up to his sheepshearers at (G)Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. 13 And Tamar was told, “Behold, your father-in-law is going up to (H)Timnah to shear his sheep.” 14 So she [i]removed her widow’s garments and (I)covered herself with a [j]veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in the gateway of [k]Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah had grown up, and (J)she had not been given to him as a wife. 15 When Judah saw her, he assumed she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 38:5 Lit when
  2. Genesis 38:8 Lit seed
  3. Genesis 38:9 Lit seed
  4. Genesis 38:9 Lit spilled on the ground
  5. Genesis 38:9 Lit seed
  6. Genesis 38:11 Lit said
  7. Genesis 38:12 Lit the days became many and
  8. Genesis 38:12 Lit Judah was comforted, he
  9. Genesis 38:14 Lit removed from herself
  10. Genesis 38:14 Or shawl
  11. Genesis 38:14 In Josh 15:34, Enam