Judah and Tamar
1At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah. 2There Judah met the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. He married her and made love to her; 3she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, who was named Er. 4She conceived again and gave birth to a son and named him Onan. 5She gave birth to still another son and named him Shelah. It was at Kezib that she gave birth to him.
6Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death.
8Then Judah said to Onan, “Sleep with your brother’s wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to raise up offspring for your brother.” 9But Onan knew that the child would not be his; so whenever he slept with his brother’s wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from providing offspring for his brother. 10What he did was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death also.
11Judah then said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, “Live as a widow in your father’s household until my son Shelah grows up.” For he thought, “He may die too, just like his brothers.” So Tamar went to live in her father’s household.
12After a long time Judah’s wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had recovered from his grief, he went up to Timnah, to the men who were shearing his sheep, and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went with him.
13When Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law is on his way to Timnah to shear his sheep,” 14she took off her widow’s clothes, covered herself with a veil to disguise herself, and then sat down at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah. For she saw that, though Shelah had now grown up, she had not been given to him as his wife.
15When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face. 16Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, “Come now, let me sleep with you.”
“And what will you give me to sleep with you?” she asked.
17“I’ll send you a young goat from my flock,” he said.
“Will you give me something as a pledge until you send it?” she asked.
18He said, “What pledge should I give you?”
“Your seal and its cord, and the staff in your hand,” she answered. So he gave them to her and slept with her, and she became pregnant by him. 19After she left, she took off her veil and put on her widow’s clothes again.
20Meanwhile Judah sent the young goat by his friend the Adullamite in order to get his pledge back from the woman, but he did not find her. 21He asked the men who lived there, “Where is the shrine prostitute who was beside the road at Enaim?”
“There hasn’t been any shrine prostitute here,” they said.
22So 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.’ ”
23Then Judah said, “Let her keep what she has, or we will become a laughingstock. After all, I did send her this young goat, but you didn’t find her.”
24About 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!”
25As 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.”
26Judah recognized them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not sleep with her again.
27When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 28As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, “This one came out first.” 29But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, “So this is how you have broken out!” And he was named Perez.38:29 Perez means breaking out. 30Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out. And he was named Zerah.38:30 Zerah can mean scarlet or brightness.
Yuda ndi Tamara
1Pa nthawi imeneyi, Yuda anasiyana ndi abale ake napita kukakhala ndi munthu wina wa ku Adulamu wotchedwa Hira. 2Kumeneko, Yuda anaona mwana wamkazi wa munthu wina wa Chikanaani wotchedwa Suwa. Anamukwatira nagona naye malo amodzi. 3Iye anatenga pathupi, nabala mwana wamwamuna amene anamutcha Eri. 4Anatenganso pathupi nabala mwana wa mwamuna ndipo anamutcha Onani. 5Anaberekanso mwana wina wamwamuna ndipo anamutcha Sela. Ameneyu anabadwa Yuda ali ku Kezibi.
6Yuda anamupezera mkazi mwana wake woyamba uja Eri, ndipo dzina la mkaziyo linali Tamara. 7Koma ntchito zoyipa za Eri, mwana wachisamba wa Yuda zinayipira Yehova. Choncho Mulungu anamulanga ndi imfa.
8Pamenepo Yuda anati kwa Onani, “Kwatira mkazi wamasiye wa mʼbale wako. Ulowe chokolo kuti mʼbale wako akhale ndi mwana.” 9Koma Onani anadziwa kuti mwanayo sadzakhala wake. Choncho nthawi zonse pamene amagona naye mkaziyo, ankatayira umuna pansi kuti asamuberekere mwana mʼbale wake. 10Zimene ankachitazi zinayipira Yehova. Choncho anamulanganso ndi imfa.
11Kenaka Yuda anati kwa mpongozi wake Tamara, “Bwererani ku nyumba ya abambo anu ndi kukhala kumeneko ngati wamasiye mpaka mwana wanga Sela atakula.” Ananena izi chifukwa ankaopa kuti Sela angafenso ngati abale ake aja. Choncho Tamara anapita kukakhala ku nyumba ya abambo ake.
12Patapita nthawi yayitali, Batishua, mkazi wa Yuda anamwalira. Yuda atatha kulira maliro a mkazi wake, anapita, iyeyu pamodzi ndi bwenzi lake Hira, Mwadulamu uja, ku Timna kumene ankameta nkhosa zawo.
13Tamara atamva kuti apongozi ake akupita ku Timna kukameta nkhosa, 14iye anavula zovala zake za umasiye, nadziphimba nkhope ndi nsalu kuti asadziwike, ndipo anakhala pansi pa chipata cha ku Enaimu popita ku Timna. Tamara anachita izi chifukwa anaona kuti ngakhale Selayo anali atakula tsopano, iye sanaperekedwe kuti amulowe chokolo.
15Yuda atamuona anangomuyesa mkazi wadama chabe, chifukwa anadziphimba nkhope. 16Tsono anapita kwa mkaziyo pamphepete pa msewu paja nati, “Tabwera ndigone nawe.” Apa Yuda sankadziwa kuti mkazi uja anali mpongozi wake.
Ndiye mkazi uja anamufunsa Yuda nati, “Mudzandipatsa chiyani kuti ndigone nanu?”
17Iye anati, “Ndidzakutumizira kamwana kambuzi ka mʼkhola mwanga.”
Mkaziyo anayankha kuti, “Chabwino, ndavomera, koma mungandipatse chikole mpaka mutanditumizira mbuziyo?”
18Iye anati, “Ndikupatse chikole chanji?”
Mkaziyo anayankha, “Mundipatse mphete yanuyo, chingwe chanucho pamodzi ndi ndodo imene ili mʼdzanja lanulo.” Choncho anazipereka kwa iye nagona naye ndipo anatenga pathupi. 19Kenaka Tamara anachoka, navula nsalu anadziphimba nayo ija, navalanso zovala zake za umasiye zija.
20Tsono Yuda anatuma bwenzi lake Mwadulamu uja ndi kamwana kambuzi kaja kuti akapereke kwa mkazi wadama uja, ndi kuti akatero amubwezere chikole chake chija. Koma atafika sanamupezepo. 21Anawafunsa anthu a komweko, “Kodi mkazi wadama uja amene ankakhala pambali pa msewu wa ku Enaimu, ali kuti?”
Iwo anayankha, “Sipanakhalepo mkazi wa dama aliyense pano.”
22Choncho anabwerera kwa Yuda nati, “Sindinamupeze mkazi uja. Kuwonjeza apo, anthu a kumeneko amati, ‘Sipanakhalepo mkazi wadama pano.’ ”
23Pamenepo Yuda anati, “Mulekeni atenge zinthuzo zikhale zake, kuopa kuti anthu angatiseke. Ine sindinalakwe, ndinamutumizira kamwana kambuzika, koma simunamupeze.”
24Patapita miyezi itatu, Yuda anawuzidwa kuti, “Mpongozi wanu Tamara anachita zadama, ndipo zotsatira zake nʼzakuti ali ndi pathupi.”
Yuda anati, “Kamutulutseni ndipo mukamutenthe kuti afe!”
25Akumutulutsa, iye anatuma mawu kwa apongozi ake. Anati, “Ndili ndi pathupi pa munthu amene ndi mwini wake wa zinthu izi. Taziyangʼanitsitsani, kodi mwini wa khoza, chingwe ndi ndodo yoyenderayi ndi yani?”
26Yuda anazizindikira zinthuzo ndipo anati, “Uyu ndi wolungama kuposa ine, chifukwa sindinamupereke kwa mwana wanga Sela.” Ndipo Yuda sanagone nayenso.
27Pamene Tamara nthawi inamukwanira yoti abeleke, mʼmimbamo munali mapasa. 28Pamene ankabereka, mmodzi wa iwo anatulutsa dzanja lake. Choncho mzamba anatenga kawulusi kofiira nakamangirira pa mkono pa mwanayo nati, “Uyu ndiye anayamba kubadwa.” 29Koma pamene anabweza mkonowo, mʼbale wake anabadwa ndipo mzamba anati, “Wachita kudziphotcholera wekha njira chonchi!” Ndipo anamutcha Perezi. 30Pambuyo pake mʼbale wake amene anali ndi ulusi wofiira pa mkono wake uja anabadwa ndipo anapatsidwa dzina lakuti Zera.