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 Genesis 38:1 - 30
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   Book of Genesis
   Chapter 38
38:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah.
 
38:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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There Judah met the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. He married her and lay with her;
 
38:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, who was named Er.
 
38:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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She conceived again and gave birth to a son and named him Onan.
 
38:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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She gave birth to still another son and named him Shelah. It was at Kezib that she gave birth to him.
 
38:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.
 
38:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the LORD's sight; so the LORD put him to death.
 
38:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Judah said to Onan, "Lie with your brother's wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to produce offspring for your brother."
 
38:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he lay with his brother's wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother.
 
38:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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What he did was wicked in the LORD's sight; so he put him to death also.
 
38:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Judah then said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, "Live as a widow in your father's house until my son Shelah grows up." For he thought, "He may die too, just like his brothers." So Tamar went to live in her father's house.
 
38:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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After a long time Judah's wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had recovered from his grief, he went up to Timnah, to the men who were shearing his sheep, and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went with him.
 
38:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When Tamar was told, "Your father-in-law is on his way to Timnah to shear his sheep,"
 
38:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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she took off her widow's clothes, covered herself with a veil to disguise herself, and then sat down at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah. For she saw that, though Shelah had now grown up, she had not been given to him as his wife.
 
38:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face.
 
38:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, "Come now, let me sleep with you." "And what will you give me to sleep with you?" she asked.
 
38:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"I'll send you a young goat from my flock," he said. "Will you give me something as a pledge until you send it?" she asked.
 
38:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He said, "What pledge should I give you?" "Your seal and its cord, and the staff in your hand," she answered. So he gave them to her and slept with her, and she became pregnant by him.
 
38:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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After she left, she took off her veil and put on her widow's clothes again.
 
38:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Meanwhile Judah sent the young goat by his friend the Adullamite in order to get his pledge back from the woman, but he did not find her.
 
38:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He asked the men who lived there, "Where is the shrine prostitute who was beside the road at Enaim?" "There hasn't been any shrine prostitute here," they said.
 
38:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So he went back to Judah and said, "I didn't find her. Besides, the men who lived there said, 'There hasn't been any shrine prostitute here.'"
 
38:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Judah said, "Let her keep what she has, or we will become a laughingstock. After all, I did send her this young goat, but you didn't find her."
 
38:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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About three months later Judah was told, "Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant." Judah said, "Bring her out and have her burned to death!"
 
38:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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As she was being brought out, she sent a message to her father-in-law. "I am pregnant by the man who owns these," she said. And she added, "See if you recognize whose seal and cord and staff these are."
 
38:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Judah recognized them and said, "She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn't give her to my son Shelah." And he did not sleep with her again.
 
38:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb.
 
38:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, "This one came out first."
 
38:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, "So this is how you have broken out!" And he was named Perez. F195
 
38:30 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out and he was given the name Zerah. F196
 

FOOTNOTES:
F195 Perez means breaking out.
F196 Zerah can mean scarlet or brightness.

 
 

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