1 It came to pass at that time that Judah departed from his brothers, and visited a certain
Adullamite whose name was Hirah.
2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua, and he
took her and went in to her.
3 And she conceived and bore a son, and he called his name Er.
4 She conceived again and bore a son, and she called his name Onan.
5 And she did so again and bore a son, and called his name Shelah. He was at Chezib
when she bore him.
6 Then Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.
7 But Er, Judah's firstborn, was evil in the eyes of Jehovah, and Jehovah killed him.
8 And Judah said to Onan, Go in to your brother's wife and marry her, and raise up seed
to your brother.
9 But Onan knew that the heir would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in to
his brother's wife, that he spoiled it on the ground, so as not to give seed to his brother.
10 And the thing which he did made the eye of Jehovah quiver; therefore He killed him also.
11 Then Judah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law, Remain a widow in your father's house
till my son Shelah is grown. For he thought, Lest he also die like his brothers. And Tamar
went and dwelt in her father's house.
12 Now in the process of time the daughter of Shua, Judah's wife, died; and Judah was
comforted, and went up to his sheepshearers at Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the
13 And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to
shear his sheep.
14 And she took off her widow's garments, covered herself with a veil and wrapped
herself, and sat in an open place which was on the way to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah
was grown, and she was not given to him as a wife.
15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, because she had veiled her face.
16 And he turned aside to her by the way, and said, Please let me come in to you; for he
did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. So she said, What will you give me, that
you may come in to me?
17 And he said, I will send a young goat from the flock. And she said, Will you give me a
pledge till you send it?
18 And he said, What pledge shall I give you? So she said, Your signet ring and cord, and
your staff that is in your hand. And he gave them to her, and went in to her, and she
conceived by him.
19 So she arose and went away, and laid aside her veil and put on the garments of her
20 And Judah sent the young goat by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his
pledge from the woman's hand, but he did not find her.
21 Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot who was openly by
the wayside? And they said, There was no harlot here.
22 So he returned to Judah and said, I have not found her. Also, the men of the place said
there was no harlot there.
23 And Judah said, Let her take them for herself, that we not be held in contempt; for I
sent this young goat and you have not found her.
24 And it came to pass, after about three months, that Judah was told, saying, Tamar
your daughter-in-law has played the harlot; furthermore she is with child by prostitution.
So Judah said, Bring her out and let her be burned!
25 When she was brought out, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, By the man to whom
these belong, I am with child. And she said, Please acknowledge whose these are; the
signet ring and cord, and staff.
26 And Judah acknowledged them and said, She has been more righteous than I, because
I did not give her to Shelah my son. And he never knew her again.
27 And it came to pass, at the time for giving birth, that behold, twins were in her womb.
28 And so it was, when she was giving birth, that the one put out his hand; and the
midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his hand, saying, This one came out first.
29 And it happened, as he drew back his hand, that his brother came forth; and she said,
How have you broken through this breach for yourself? Therefore his name was called
30 And afterward out came his brother who had the scarlet thread on his hand. And his
name was called Zerah.