1 It happenedI at that timeII that JudahIII went downIV from his brothersV
and settledVI near a certainVII AdullamiteVIII whose nameIX was Hirah.X
2 There Judah sawXI the daughterXII of a certain CanaaniteXIII whose name was Shua;XIV he marriedXV her and went inXVI to her.
3 She conceivedXVII and boreXVIII a son;XIX and he namedXX him Er.XXI
4 Again she conceived and bore a son whom she namedXXII Onan.XXIII 5 Yet againXXIV she bore a son, and she namedXXV him Shelah.XXVI
She wasXXVII in ChezibXXVIII when she bore him. 6 Judah tookXXIX a wifeXXX for Er his firstborn;XXXI her name was Tamar.XXXII
7 But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wickedXXXIII in the sightXXXIV of the Lord,XXXV and the Lord put him to death.XXXVI
8 Then Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife and perform the duty of a brother-in-lawXXXVII to her; raise upXXXVIII offspringXXXIX for your brother.”
9 But since Onan knewXL that the offspring would not be his, he spilledXLI his semen on the groundXLII whenever he went in to his brother’s wife, so that he would not giveXLIII offspring to his brother. 10 What he didXLIV was displeasingXLV in the sight of the Lord, and he put him to death also.
11 Then Judah said to his daughter-in-lawXLVI Tamar, “RemainXLVII a widowXLVIII in your father’sXLIX houseL
until my son Shelah grows up”LI—for he feared that he too would die, like his brothers. So Tamar wentLII to liveLIII in her father’s house.
12 In course of timeLIV the wife of Judah, Shua’s daughter, died; when Judah’s time of mourning was over,LV he went upLVI to TimnahLVII to his sheepshearers,LVIII he and his friendLIX Hirah the Adullamite.
13 When Tamar was told,LX “LXIYour father-in-lawLXII is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep,”
14 she put offLXIII her widow’sLXIV garments,LXV put onLXVI a veil,LXVII
wrapped herself up,LXVIII and sat downLXIX at the entranceLXX to Enaim,LXXI which is on the roadLXXII to Timnah. She saw that Shelah was grown up, yet she had not been given to him in marriage.LXXIII
15 When Judah saw her, he thoughtLXXIV her to be a prostitute,LXXV for she had coveredLXXVI her face.LXXVII
16 He went overLXXVIII to her at the roadside,LXXIX and said, “Come,LXXX, LXXXI let me come in to you,” for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law.
She said, “What will you give me, that you may come in to me?”
17 He answered, “I will sendLXXXII you a kidLXXXIII from the flock.”LXXXIV
And she said, “Only if you give me a pledge,LXXXV until you send it.”
18 He said, “What pledge shall I give you?”
She replied, “Your signetLXXXVI and your cord,LXXXVII and the staffLXXXVIII that is in your hand.”LXXXIX So he gave them to her, and went in to her, and she conceived by him.
19 Then she got upXC and went away, and taking offXCI her veil she put onXCII the garments of her widowhood.XCIII
20 When Judah sent the kid byXCIV his friend the Adullamite, to recoverXCV the pledge fromXCVI the woman,XCVII he could not findXCVIII her.
21 He askedXCIX the townspeople,C “Where is the temple prostituteCI who was at EnaimCII by the wayside?”CIII
But they said, “No prostitute has been here.”
22 So he returnedCIV to Judah, and said, “I have not found her; moreover the townspeopleCV said, ‘No prostitute has been here.’”
23 Judah replied, “Let her keepCVI the things as her own, otherwise we will be laughed at;CVII you see,CVIII I sent this kid,CIX and you could not find her.”
24 CXAbout threeCXI monthsCXII later Judah was told,
“Your daughter-in-law Tamar has played the whore;CXIII moreoverCXIV she is pregnantCXV as a result of whoredom.”CXVI
And Judah said, “Bring her out,CXVII and let her be burned.”CXVIII
25 As she was being brought out, she sent word to her father-in-law, “It was the owner of theseCXIX who made me pregnant.” And she said, “Take note,CXX please,CXXI whose these are, the signetCXXII and the cord and the staff.”
26 Then Judah acknowledgedCXXIII them and said, “She is more in the rightCXXIV than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not lie withCXXV her again.
27 When the time of her deliveryCXXVI came,CXXVII, CXXVIII there were twinsCXXIX in her womb.CXXX
28 CXXXIWhile she was in labor,CXXXII one put outCXXXIII a hand; and the midwifeCXXXIV took
and boundCXXXV on his hand a crimsonCXXXVI thread, saying, “This one came outCXXXVII first.”CXXXVIII
29 CXXXIXBut just then he drew backCXL his hand, andCXLI out came his brother;
and she said, “What a breachCXLII you have madeCXLIII for yourself!” Therefore he was namedCXLIV Perez.CXLV 30 Afterward his brother came out with the crimson thread on his hand; and he was namedCXLVI Zerah.CXLVII
Image credit: “Judah and Tamar” by Francisco Preciado de la Vega, 1750.