Genesis 38:13–26

13 When Tamarp was told, “Your father-in-law is on his way to Timnah to shear his sheep,”q 14 she took off her widow’s clothes,r covered herself with a veils to disguise herself, and then sat downt at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah.u For she saw that, though Shelahv had now grown up, she had not been given to him as his wife.

15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute,w for she had covered her face. 16 Not realizingx that she was his daughter-in-law,y he went over to her by the roadside and said, “Come now, let me sleep with you.”z

“And what will you give me to sleep with you?”a she asked.

17 “I’ll send you a young goatb from my flock,” he said.

“Will you give me something as a pledgec until you send it?” she asked.

18 He said, “What pledge should I give you?”

“Your seald and its cord, and the staffe in your hand,” she answered. So he gave them to her and slept with her, and she became pregnant by him.f 19 After she left, she took off her veil and put on her widow’s clothesg again.

20 Meanwhile Judah sent the young goat by his friend the Adullamiteh in order to get his pledgei back from the woman, but he did not find her. 21 He asked the men who lived there, “Where is the shrine prostitutej who was beside the road at Enaim?”

“There hasn’t been any shrine prostitute here,” they said.

22 So he went back to Judah and said, “I didn’t find her. Besides, the men who lived there said, ‘There hasn’t been any shrine prostitute here.’ ”

23 Then Judah said, “Let her keep what she has,k or we will become a laughingstock.l After all, I did send her this young goat, but you didn’t find her.”

24 About three months later Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant.”

Judah said, “Bring her out and have her burned to death!”m

25 As she was being brought out, she sent a message to her father-in-law. “I am pregnant by the man who owns these,” she said. And she added, “See if you recognize whose seal and cord and staff these are.”n

26 Judah recognized them and said, “She is more righteous than I,o since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.p” And he did not sleep with her again.

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