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Genesis 38

Judah begetteth Er, Onan, and Shelah.

Genesis 38:1 About that tyme Iudas went downe from his brethren, and gate him to a man called Hirah of Adulam. Genesis 38:2 And there he saw ye daughter of a man called Sua, a Chanaanite: and he toke her, and went in to her. Genesis 38:3 And she conceaued, and bare a sonne, and called his name Er. Genesis 38:4 And she conceaued agayne, and bare a sonne, and called hym Onan. Genesis 38:5 And she conceaued agayne, and bare yet a sonne, whom she called Selah: & he was at Chezib whe she bare him.

Er marrieth Tamar.

Genesis 38:6 And Iudas gaue Er his first borne sonne a wyfe, whose name was Thamar. Genesis 38:7 And Er Iudas first borne sonne was wicked in the syght of the Lorde, and the Lorde slewe hym.

The trespass of Onan.

Genesis 38:8 And Iudas sayde vnto Onan: Go in to thy brothers wyfe, and marrie her, that thou mayest stirre vp seede vnto thy brother. Genesis 38:9 And when Onan perceaued that the seede shoulde not be his, therfore when he wet in to his brothers wyfe, he spylled it on the grounde, & gaue not seede vnto his brother. Genesis 38:10 And the thyng which he dyd, displeased the Lorde: wherfore he slewe hym also.

Tamar stayeth for Shelah.

Genesis 38:11 Then sayde Iudas to Thamar his daughter in lawe: Remayne a wydowe at thy fathers house, tyll Selah my sonne be growen. (For he sayde, lest peraduenture he dye also as his brethren dyd.) And Thamar went & dwelt in her fathers house.

Genesis 38:12 And in processe of tyme, the daughter of Sua Iudas wyfe dyed: Then Iudas when he had left mournyng, went vnto his sheepe shearers to Thinmath, he and his friende Hirah of Adulam.

She deceiveth Judah.

Genesis 38:13 And one tolde Thamar, saying: beholde, thy father in lawe goeth vp to Thimnath to sheare his sheepe. Genesis 38:14 And she put her widowes garmentes of from her, and couered her with a vayle, and disguysed her selfe, and sate her downe in an open place, whiche is by the way syde to Thimnath, for because that she sawe Selah was growen, and she was not geuen vnto hym to wyfe. Genesis 38:15 When Iuda sawe her, he thought it had ben an harlot, because she had couered her face. Genesis 38:16 And he turned to her vnto the way, & sayde, Come I praye thee, let me lye with thee. (For he knewe not that it was his daughter in law.) And she answered: What wylt thou geue me for to lye with thee? Genesis 38:17 Then sayde he: I wyll sende thee a kyd from the flocke. She sayde: Then geue me a pledge tyll thou sende it. Genesis 38:18 He sayde: What pledge shall I geue thee? She sayde: Thy signet, thy bracelet, and thy staffe that is in thyne hande. And he gaue it her, and laye by her: and she was with chylde by hym. Genesis 38:19 And she gate her vp, and went, and put her vayle from her, and put on her wydowes rayment. Genesis 38:20 And Iudas sent the kyd by his friende Adulam, for to receaue his pledge againe from the womans hand: but he founde her not. Genesis 38:21 Then asked he the men of the same place, saying: where is the harlot that sate openly by ye wayes syde? They aunswered: There is no harlot here. Genesis 38:22 He came therfore to Iuda againe, and sayde vnto hym, I can not fynde her: and also the men of the place sayde, that there was no harlot there. Genesis 38:23 And Iuda sayde: Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: beholde, I sent the kyd, & thou hast not found her.

Genesis 38:24 And it came to passe, after three monethes one tolde Iuda, saying: Thamar thy daughter in lawe hath played the harlot, and with playing the harlot is become great with chylde. And Iuda sayde: Bryng her foorth, that she may be brent. Genesis 38:25 And when they brought her foorth, she sent to her father in lawe, saying: By the man vnto whom these thynges [pertaine] am I with chylde: And saide also, Loke I pray thee whose are these, this seale, and this bracelet, and this staffe. Genesis 38:26 And Iuda acknowledged them, and saide: She hath ben more righteous then I, because I gaue her not Selah my sonne. And he lay with her no more.

She beareth twins, Pharez and Zarah.

Genesis 38:27 But when the tyme was come that she shoulde be deliuered, beholde there was two twynnes in her wombe. Genesis 38:28 And when she trauayled, the [one] put out his hande, & the mydwyfe toke & bounde a red [threede] about it, saying: this is come out first. Genesis 38:29 And he plucked his hand backe againe, and beholde, his brother came out. And she sayde: Wherefore hast thou rent a rent vppon thee? and called his name Phares. Genesis 38:30 Afterward came out his brother, that had the red threede about his hande: and his name was called Zarah.

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