New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 38:1-30

Judah and Tamar

1At that time, Judah left his brothers. He went down to stay with a man named Hirah from the town of Adullam. 2There Judah met the daughter of a man from Canaan. His name was Shua. Judah married her and slept with her. 3She became pregnant and had a son. They named him Er. 4She became pregnant again and had another son. She named him Onan. 5She had still another son. She named him Shelah. He was born at Kezib.

6Judah got a wife for his oldest son Er. Her name was Tamar. 7But Judah’s oldest son Er was evil in the Lord’s eyes. So the Lord put him to death.

8Then Judah said to Onan, “Sleep with your brother’s wife. After all, you are her brother-in-law. So carry out your duty to her. Provide children for your brother.” 9But Onan knew that the children wouldn’t belong to him. So every time he slept with his brother’s wife, he spilled his semen on the ground. He did it so he wouldn’t provide children for his brother. 10What he did was evil in the Lord’s eyes. So the Lord put him to death also.

11Then Judah spoke to his daughter-in-law Tamar. He said, “Live as a widow in your father’s home. Wait there until my son Shelah grows up.” Judah was thinking, “Shelah might die too, just like his brothers.” So Tamar went to live in her father’s home.

12After a long time Judah’s wife died. She was the daughter of Shua. When Judah got over his sadness, he went up to Timnah. His friend Hirah from Adullam went with him. Men were clipping the wool from Judah’s sheep at Timnah.

13Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law is on his way to Timnah to clip the wool from his sheep.” 14So she took off her widow’s clothes. She covered her face with a veil so people wouldn’t know who she was. Then she sat down at the entrance to Enaim. Enaim is on the road to Timnah. Tamar knew that Shelah had grown up. But she hadn’t been given to him as his wife.

15Judah saw her. He thought she was a prostitute because she had covered her face with a veil. 16He didn’t realize that she was his daughter-in-law. He went over to her by the side of the road. He said, “Come. Let me sleep with you.”

“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 that belongs to you?” she asked. “I’ll keep it until you send the goat.”

18He said, “What should I give you?”

“Give me your official seal and the string that it hangs from,” she answered. “And give me your walking stick.” So he gave them to her. Then he slept with her. And she became pregnant by him. 19After she left, she took off her veil. She put on her widow’s clothes again.

20Judah sent his friend Hirah with the young goat he had promised. He wanted to get back what he had given to the woman. But his friend Hirah couldn’t find her. 21He asked the men who lived at Enaim, “Where’s the temple prostitute? She used to sit beside the road here.”

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

22So Hirah went back to Judah. He said, “I couldn’t find her. Besides, the men who lived there didn’t know anything about her. They said, ‘There hasn’t been any temple prostitute here.’ ”

23Then Judah said, “Let her keep what she has. I don’t want people making fun of us. After all, I did send her this young goat. We can’t help it if you couldn’t find her.”

24About three months later people brought word to Judah. They said, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of being a prostitute. Now she’s pregnant.”

Judah said, “Bring her out! Have her burned to death!”

25As Tamar was being brought out, she sent a message to her father-in-law. She said, “I am pregnant by the man who owns these.” She continued, “Do you recognize this seal and string and walking stick? Do you know who they belong to?”

26Judah recognized them. He said, “She’s a better person than I am. I should have given her to my son Shelah, but I didn’t.” Judah never slept with Tamar again.

27The time came for Tamar to have her baby. There were twin boys inside her. 28As the babies were being born, one of them stuck out his hand. So the woman helping Tamar took a bright red thread. The woman tied it on the baby’s wrist. She said, “This one came out first.” 29But he pulled his hand back, and his brother came out first instead. She said, “Just look at how you have forced your way out!” So he was called Perez. 30Then his brother, who had the red thread on his wrist, came out. So he was named Zerah.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 38:1-30

Yuda Ne Tamar

1Saa bere no mu ara na Yuda tu fii ne nuabarimanom no nkyɛn ne Adulamni barima bi a wɔfrɛ no Hira kɔtenae. 2Ɛhɔ na Yuda kohyiaa Kanaanni beae bi a ɔyɛ ɔbarima bi a wɔfrɛ no Sua no babea. Yuda waree Sua babea no. 3Sua babea no nyinsɛn woo ɔbabarima, na wɔtoo no din Er. 4Sua babea no san nyinsɛn woo ɔbabarima bio. Wɔtoo abofra no din Onan. 5Sua babea no nyinsɛn ne mprɛnsa so wɔ Kesib, woo ɔbabarima bio. Saa abarimaa no nso wɔtoo no din Sela.

6Bere a Yuda abakan Er nyin no, wɔwaree ababaa bi a wɔfrɛ no Tamar maa no. 7Esiane sɛ na Yuda abakan Er yɛ omumɔyɛfo wɔ Awurade anim no nti, Awurade kum no.

8Er wu akyi no, Yuda ka kyerɛɛ Er akyiba Onan se, “Ɛsɛ sɛ woware okunafo Tamar, sɛnea yɛn amanne te no, na sɛ wo ne no wo a, mma no ayɛ wo nua no diadefo.” 9Esiane sɛ na Onan mpɛ sɛ ɔbɛwo akyɛ a mmofra no renyɛ nʼankasa mma nti, sɛ ɔne okunafo Tamar kɔda a, ɔmma ne ho nsu no ngu ɔbea no mu. Mmom, ɔma no gu fam sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a, ɔrenwo ɔba a ɛbɛyɛ ne nua owufo no de. 10Esiane sɛ nea ɔyɛe no ansɔ Awurade ani, sɛ ɔmpɛ sɛ ɔwo ba ma ne nua owufo no nti, okum ɔno nso.

11Na Yuda ka kyerɛɛ nʼase okunafo Tamar se, “Tu na kɔtena wʼagya fi sɛ okunafo kosi sɛ me babarima Sala benyin.” Na osuro sɛ, Sela nso bewu, sɛnea ne nuanom mpanyimfo Er ne Onan wuwui no. Enti Tamar tu kɔtenaa nʼagya fi hɔ.

12Mmere bi akyi no, Yuda yere a ɔyɛ Sua babea no nso wui. Bere a woyii Yuda fii kuna mu no, ɔkɔɔ ne nguanhotwitwafo nkyɛn wɔ Timna. Ɔrekɔ no, ɔne nʼadamfo Adulamni Hira na ɛkɔe.

13Obi bɛbɔɔ Tamar amanneɛ se, “Wʼase Yuda rebɛsen akɔ Timna akotwitwa ne nguan ho nwi.” 14Enti Tamar yii ne kuna ntade no guu hɔ. Ɔfaa nkataanim kataa nʼanim, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a obiara nhu sɛ ɛyɛ ɔno Tamar, na ɔkɔtenaa Enaim kurotia wɔ Timna kwan so. Efisɛ ohuu sɛ Sela anyin de, nanso na Yuda mmaa ne babarima no kwan mma ɔmmɛwaree no ɛ.

15Bere a Yuda huu Tamar no, na osusuw sɛ ɔyɛ ɔbea guamanfo bi, efisɛ na wakata nʼanim. 16Yuda kɔɔ Tamar nkyɛn wɔ kwankyɛn hɔ a, na onnim sɛ ɔyɛ nʼase. Yuda ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Ma yɛnkɔ mprempren ara na me ne wo nkɔda.”

Tamar bisaa no se, “Sɛ me ne wo kɔda a, wobɛma me dɛn?”

17Yuda buae se, “Mɛma wɔde ɔpapo afi me nguankuw no mu abrɛ wo.”

Tamar bisaa no bio se, “Ansa na wode ɔpapo no bɛba no, dɛn na wode bedi wo ho akagyinamu?”

18Yuda nso bisaa no se, “Dɛn ade na wopɛ sɛ mede di me ho akagyinamu?”

Tamar buae se, “Nea wode bedi wo ho akagyinamu ne wo nsa so kaa ne ne hama ne saa pema a wukura yi.” Enti Yuda de saa nneɛma yi nyinaa maa Tamar ne no kɔda ma onyinsɛnee. 19Tamar fii hɔ akyi no, okoyii ne nkataanim no guu hɔ, san faa ne kunatam no furae.

20Yuda de ɔpapo no maa nʼadamfo Adulamni no sɛ, ɔmfa nkɔma ɔbea no, na onnye nneɛma a ɔde dii ne ho akagyinamu no mmrɛ no, nanso wanhu no. 21Obisaa kurom hɔfo no se, “Ɛhe na hyiadan mu ɔbea guamanfo a na ɔte Enaim kwankyɛn frɛfrɛ mmarima no wɔ?”

Wobuaa no se, “Yenni hyiadan mu ɔbea guamanfo biara wɔ ha.”

22Enti ɔsan kɔɔ Yuda hɔ, kɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Manhu no. Na kurom hɔfo nso kae se, ‘Hyiadan mu ɔbea oguamanfo38.22 Na saa nguamanfo yi rekɔyɛ sɛ saa bere no aguaman anyame no. biara nni ha.’ ”

23Yuda nso kae se, “Ma no mfa nneɛma no, na anyɛ saa a wɔbɛserew yɛn. Wo ara wudi ho adanse sɛ memaa wode ɔpapo no kɔe, nanso woanhu no.”

24Ɛbɛyɛ asram abiɛsa akyi no, Yuda tee sɛ nʼase Tamar abɔ aguaman, anyinsɛn.

Ɔtee saa asɛm no, ɔkae se, “Monkɔkyere no mmra, na yɛnhyew no nkum no.”

25Wɔkɔkyeree Tamar de no reba abekum no no, ɔsoma ma wɔkɔka kyerɛɛ nʼase Yuda se, “Onipa a ne nneɛma ni no na ɔne me nyinsɛnee. Monhwɛ sɛ mubehu onipa ko a saa nsa so kaa ne ne hama ne pema yi yɛ ne de no ana.”

26Yuda gye too mu se, saa nneɛma no yɛ ne dea. Ɔtoaa so se, “Ɔbea yi yɛ ɔtreneeni sen me, efisɛ mamfa no amma me babarima Sela anware.” Efi saa bere no, Yuda ankɔ Tamar ho bio.

27Tamar awo duu so no, ɔwoo nta. 28Bere a ɔrewo no, nta no mu baako de ne nsa dii kan bae. Enti ɔbea a ɔregye no awo no de asaawa kɔkɔɔ bɔɔ abofra no bakɔn, kae se, “Oyi na wɔwoo no kan.” 29Saa abofra no twee ne nsa san kɔɔ mu. Ɔsan twee ne nsa kɔɔ mu no, wɔwoo ne nua a ɔka ne ho no mmom. Na ɔwogyefo no kae se, “Abususɛm bɛn ni!” Wɔtoo no din Peres. 30Akyiri no, ɔwoo ne nuabarima a na asaawa kɔkɔɔ bɔ ne nsakɔn no. Wɔtoo ɔno nso din Serah.