Genesis 38 ©
Judah begetteth Er, Onan, and Shelah. Er marrieth Tamar, and dieth. Onan's trespass and death. Tamar waiteth for Shelah. She deceiveth Judah; to whom she beareth twins, Pharez and Zarah.
And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er.
And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him.
And the thing which he did 1displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.
Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, mRemain 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.
And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.
And he said, I will send thee 4a kid from the flock. tAnd she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?
And she arose, and went away, and laid by vher vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.
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.
Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot, that was 5openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in this place.
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.
And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we 6be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.
¶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 wJudah said, Bring her forth, and let her be xburnt.
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, ythe signet, and bracelets, and staff.
¶And it came to pass in the time of her *travail, that, behold, btwins were in her womb.
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 cscarlet thread, saying, This came out first.