Bible: Genesis 38:1-11

Judah and Tamar

38:1 At that time Judah left 1  his brothers and stayed 2  with an Adullamite man 3  named Hirah.

38:2 There Judah saw the daughter of a Canaanite man 4  named Shua. 5  Judah acquired her as a wife 6  and had marital relations with her. 7  38:3 She became pregnant 8  and had a son. Judah named 9  him Er. 38:4 She became pregnant again and had another son, whom she named Onan. 38:5 Then she had 10  yet another son, whom she named Shelah. She gave birth to him in Kezib. 11 

38:6 Judah acquired 12  a wife for Er his firstborn; her name was Tamar. 38:7 But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was evil in the Lord’s sight, so the Lord killed him.

38:8 Then Judah said to Onan, “Have sexual relations with 13  your brother’s wife and fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to her so that you may raise 14  up a descendant for your brother.” 15  38:9 But Onan knew that the child 16  would not be considered his. 17  So whenever 18  he had sexual relations with 19  his brother’s wife, he withdrew prematurely 20  so as not to give his brother a descendant. 38:10 What he did was evil in the Lord’s sight, so the Lord 21  killed him too.

38:11 Then Judah said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, “Live as a widow in your father’s house until Shelah my son grows up.” For he thought, 22 I don’t want him to die like his brothers.” 23  So Tamar went and lived in her father’s house.

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