And she conceived yet again and bore a son, and called his name (A)Shelah. He was at Chezib when she bore him.

Then Judah (B)took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was (C)Tamar. But (D)Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord, (E)and the Lord killed him. And Judah said to Onan, “Go in to (F)your brother’s wife and marry her, and raise up an heir to your brother.” But Onan knew that the heir would not be (G)his; and it came to pass, when he went in to his brother’s wife, that he emitted on the ground, lest he should give an heir to his brother. 10 And the thing which he did [a]displeased the Lord; therefore He killed (H)him also.

11 Then Judah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law, (I)“Remain a widow in your father’s house till my son Shelah is grown.” For he said, “Lest he also die like his brothers.” And Tamar went and dwelt (J)in her father’s house.

12 Now in the process of time the daughter of Shua, Judah’s wife, died; and Judah (K)was comforted, and went up to his sheepshearers at Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. 13 And it was told Tamar, saying, “Look, your father-in-law is going up (L)to Timnah to shear his sheep.” 14 So she took off her widow’s garments, covered herself with a veil and wrapped herself, and (M)sat in an open place which was on the way to Timnah; for she saw (N)that Shelah was grown, and she was not given to him as a wife. 15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, because she had covered her face.

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  1. Genesis 38:10 Lit. was evil in the eyes of

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