Genesis 37

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The First Book of Moses, called Genesis

Chapter 38

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And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down4 from his brethren, and turned4 in to a certain Adullamite, whose name [was] Hirah.

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And Judah saw4 there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name [was] Shuah; and he took4 her, and went in4 unto her.

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And she conceived,4 and bare4 a son; and he called4 his name Er.

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And she conceived4 again, and bare4 a son; and she called4 his name Onan.

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And she yet again conceived,55 and bare4 a son; and called4 his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare2 him.

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And Judah took4 a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name [was] Tamar.

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And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew55 him.

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And Judah said4 unto Onan, Go in3 unto thy brother's wife, and marry16 her, and raise up54 seed to thy brother.

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And Onan knew4 that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in6 unto his brother's wife, that he spilled14 [it] on the ground, lest that he should give2 seed to his brother.

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And the thing which he did1 displeased4 5869 the LORD: wherefore he slew55 him also.

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Then said4 Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain3 a widow at thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown:4 for he said,1 Lest peradventure he die4 also, as his brethren [did]. And Tamar went4 and dwelt4 in her father's house.

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And in process4 of time the daughter of Shuah 7770 1340 Judah's wife died;4 and Judah was comforted,11 and went up4 unto his sheepshearers6 6629 to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.

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And it was told93 Tamar, saying,2 Behold thy father in law goeth up6 to Timnath to shear2 his sheep.

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And she put her widow's garments off55 from her, and covered17 her with a vail, and wrapped101 herself, and sat4 in an open place, which [is] by the way to Timnath; for she saw1 that Shelah was grown,1 and she was not given8 unto him to wife.

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When Judah saw4 her, he thought4 her [to be] an harlot;6 because she had covered14 her face.

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And he turned4 unto her by the way, and said,4 Go to,3 I pray thee, let me come in4 unto thee; (for he knew1 not that she [was] his daughter in law.) And she said,4 What wilt thou give4 me, that thou mayest come in4 unto me?

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And he said,4 I will send17 [thee] a kid 1423 from the flock. And she said,4 Wilt thou give4 [me] a pledge, till thou send2 [it]?

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And he said,4 What pledge shall I give4 thee? And she said,4 Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that [is] in thine hand. And he gave4 [it] her, and came in4 unto her, and she conceived4 by him.

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And she arose,4 and went away,4 and laid by55 her vail from her, and put on4 the garments of her widowhood.

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And Judah sent4 the kid 5795 by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive2 [his] pledge from the woman's hand: but he found1 her not.

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Then he asked4 the men of that place, saying,2 Where [is] the harlot, that [was] openly by the way side? And they said,4 There was no harlot in this [place].

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And he returned4 to Judah, and said,4 I cannot find1 her; and also the men of the place said,1 [that] there was no harlot in this [place].

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And Judah said,4 Let her take4 [it] to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent1 this kid, and thou hast not found1 her.

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And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told93 Judah, saying,2 Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot;1 and also, behold, she [is] with child by whoredom. And Judah said,4 Bring her forth,54 and let her be burnt.11

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When she [was] brought forth,94 she sent1 to her father in law, saying,2 By the man, whose these [are, am] I with child: and she said,4 Discern,54 I pray thee, whose [are] these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.

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And Judah acknowledged55 [them], and said,4 She hath been more righteous1 than I; because that I gave1 her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her2 again1 no more.

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And it came to pass in the time of her travail,2 that, behold, twins [were] in her womb.

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And it came to pass, when she travailed,2 that [the one] put4 out [his] hand: and the midwife18 took4 and bound4 upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying,2 This came out1 first.

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And it came to pass, as he drew back56 his hand, that, behold, his brother came out:1 and she said,4 How hast thou broken forth?1 [this] breach [be] upon thee: therefore his name was called4 Pharez.

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And afterward came out1 his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called4 Zarah.

Genesis 39