Judah and Tamar
1 And it came to pass at that time, that Judah
went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.
2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite,
whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her.
3 And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his
4 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she
called his name Onan.
5 And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and
called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare
6 And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name
7 And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of
the LORD; and the LORD slew him.
8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's
wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it
came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that
he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed
to his brother.
10 And the thing which he did displeased the LORD:
wherefore he slew him also.
11 Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain
a widow at thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown:
for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren
did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.
12 And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah's
wife died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his
sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the
13 And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in
law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.
14 And she put her widow's garments off from her, and
covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an
open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that
Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.
15 When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot;
because she had covered her face.
16 And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I
pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that
she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou
give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?
17 And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock.
And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?
18 And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she
said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is
in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and
she conceived by him.
19 And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail
from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.
20 And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman's hand: but
he found her not.
21 Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is
the harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said,
There was no harlot in this place.
22 And he returned to Judah, and said, I cannot find
her; and also the men of the place said, that there was no
harlot in this place.
23 And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be
shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found
24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it
was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath
played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by
whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be
25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in
law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child:
and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the
signet, and bracelets, and staff.
26 And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been
more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah
my son. And he knew her again no more.
27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that,
behold, twins were in her womb.
28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one
put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his
hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.
29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that,
behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou
broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name
was called Pharez.
30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the
scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.