The New Book of Genesis Chapter 38


38:1     Later on Judah left his brothers

and stayed with someone

from Adullam named Hirah.


38:2     There Judah met a woman

from Canaan named Shua.

He married her and stayed with her.


38:3     She later became pregnant

and brought forth a son

who was named Er.


38:4     She again gave birth to a son

and named him Onan.


38:5     She gave birth to another son

and named him Shelah.

She gave birth to him at Kezib.


38:6     Then Judah found a wife for Er

his firstborn and Tmar was her name.


38:7     But Judah's firstborn Er

was displeasing to Yahweh

and he passed away.


38:8     Then Judah said to Onan:

Lie with with your brother's wife.

Marry her and raise her children

for your brother.


38:9     But Onan knew the offspring

should not be his.

So when he did lie with his brother's wife

he spilled his seed on the ground

so he would not provide it for his brother.


38:10   This was not pleasing to Yahweh

and he also passed away.


38:11   Then Judah said to daughter-in-law Tamar:

Remain a widow 

in your father's household

until my son Shelah is grown.

Otherwise he may die 

like his brothers.

Then Tamar went to live 

in her father's household.


38:12   After some time Shua’s daughter

and Judah’s wife passed away.

Once Judah stopped grieving

he went to Timnah

to the men who sheared his sheep.

His friend Hirah the Adullamite went with him.


38:13   Then Tamar was told:

Look your father-in-law it going to Timnah

to shear his sheep.


38:14   So she removed her widow's clothing

and covered herself with a veil

and wrapped herself.

Then she sat at the entrance to Enaim

which is on the road to Timnah.

For she saw Shelah had grown

but she was not given to him to marry.


38:15   When Judah saw her there

he assumed she was a prostitute

as she had covered her face.


38:16   He turned to her as he went by

and asked her if he could lie with her

not realizing she was his daughter-in-law.

She replied:

What will you pay me 

to sleep with you?


38:17   He replied:

I'll send you over a goat from my flock.

She asked him:

Will you give me as security 

until you send it?


38:18   He asked her:

What kind of security do you want?

She replied:

Your seal and its wire

and that staff you are holding.

Then he gave them to her

and slept with her

and she became pregnant by him.


38:19   After she got up and left

she removed her vail

and put on her widow's clothes.


38:20   Once Judah sent the goat

through his friend the Adullamite man

to get his security back from the woman

but he could not find her.


38:21   He then asked the men there:

Where is the prostitute who stood

by the side of the road?

They replied:

There was no prostitute here.


38:22   So the man returned to Judah and said:

I didn't find her.

The men of the area said

there was no prostitute there.


38:23   Then Judah said:

Let her keep what she was given

or we will be shamed.

I did send her the goat

but you didn't find her.


38:24   Then about three months later

Judah was told:

Your daughter-in-law Tamar

pretended to be a prostitute

and now look, she is pregnant.

Judah responded:

Go get her and bring her in.


38:25   As she was being brought in

she relayed a message to her father-in-law:

I am with child by the man who owns these.

Just look, do you recognize

whose seal, wire and staff these are?


38:26   Judah then recognized them and said:

She is more justified than I am

since I didn’t my son Shelah to her.


38:27   Later when she gave birth

they discovered she had been carrying twins.


38:28   Later as she gave birth

one of them reached out his hand

and the midwife tied a scarlet thread

around his wrist declaring that

this one came out first.


38:29   As soon as he pulled his hand back

out came his brother so she said:

How did you break through the breach?

So he was named Perez (broken out).


38:30   Then his brother with the scarlet thread

on his wrist emerged.

So he was named Zerah (scarlet).