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.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 38:1-30

Yuda Ne Tamar

1Ɛbaa sɛ saa ɛberɛ no ara mu, Yuda tu firii ne nuammarimanom no nkyɛn ne Adulamni ɔbarima bi a wɔfrɛ no Hira kɔtenaeɛ. 2Ɛhɔ na Yuda kɔhyiaa Kanaanni ɔbaa bi a ɔyɛ ɔbarima bi a wɔfrɛ no Sua no babaa. Yuda waree Sua babaa no. 3Sua babaa no nyinsɛneeɛ, woo ɔbabarima, na wɔtoo no edin Er. 4Sua babaa no sane nyinsɛneeɛ woo ɔbabarima bio. Wɔtoo abɔfra no edin Onan. 5Sua babaa no nyinsɛneeɛ ne mprɛnsa so wɔ Kesib, woo ɔbabarima bio. Saa abarimaa no nso, wɔtoo no edin Sela.

6Ɛberɛ a Yuda abakan Er nyiniiɛ no, wɔwaree ababaawa bi a wɔfrɛ no Tamar maa no. 7Esiane sɛ na Yuda abakan Er yɛ omumuyɛfoɔ wɔ Awurade anim no enti, Awurade kumm no.

8Er wuo akyiri no, Yuda ka kyerɛɛ Er akyiri ba Onan sɛ, “Ɛsɛ sɛ woware okunafoɔ Tamar, sɛdeɛ yɛn amanneɛ te no, na sɛ wo ne no wo a, mma no ayɛ wo nua no adedifoɔ.” 9Esiane sɛ na Onan mpɛ sɛ ɔbɛwo akyɛ a mmɔfra no renyɛ nʼankasa mma enti, sɛ ɔne okunafoɔ Tamar kɔda a, ɔmma nʼahobaa no ngu ɔbaa no mu. Mmom, ɔma no gu fam sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, ɔrenwo ɔba a ɛbɛyɛ ne nua owufoɔ no deɛ. 10Esiane sɛ deɛ ɔyɛeɛ no nsɔ Awurade ani, sɛ ɔmpɛ sɛ ɔwo ba ma ne nua owufoɔ no enti, ɔno nso, ɔkumm no.

11Afei, Yuda ka kyerɛɛ nʼase okunafoɔ Tamar sɛ, “Tu na kɔtena wʼagya fie sɛ okunafoɔ kɔsi sɛ me babarima Sala bɛnyini.” Na ɔsuro sɛ, Sela nso bɛwu, sɛdeɛ ne nuanom mpanimfoɔ Er ne Onan wuwuiɛ no. Enti, Tamar tu kɔtenaa nʼagya fie hɔ.

12Ɛwɔ hɔ ara na Yuda yere a ɔyɛ Sua babaa no nso wuiɛ. Ɛberɛ a wɔyii Yuda firii kuna mu no, ɔkɔɔ ne nnwanhotwitwafoɔ nkyɛn wɔ Timna. Ɔrekɔ no, ɔne nʼadamfo Adulamni Hira na ɛkɔeɛ.

13Obi bɛbɔɔ Tamar amaneɛ sɛ, “Wʼase Yuda rebɛtwam akɔ Timna akɔtwitwa ne nnwan ho nwi.” 14Enti, Tamar yii ne kuna ntadeɛ no guu hɔ. Ɔfaa nkatanimu kataa nʼanim, sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a obiara nhunu sɛ ɛyɛ ɔno Tamar. Afei, ɔkɔtenaa Enaim kurotia wɔ Timna ɛkwan so. Ɛfiri sɛ, ɔhunuu sɛ Sela anyini deɛ, nanso na Yuda mmaa ne babarima no kwan mmaa ɔmmɛwaree no.

15Ɛberɛ a Yuda hunuu Tamar no, na ɔdwene sɛ ɔyɛ ɔbaa dwamanfoɔ bi, ɛfiri sɛ, na wakata nʼanim. 16Yuda kɔɔ Tamar nkyɛn wɔ ɛkwankyɛn hɔ a, na ɔnnim sɛ ɔyɛ nʼase. Yuda ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Ma yɛnkɔ seesei ara na me ne wo nkɔda.”

Tamar bisaa no sɛ, “Sɛ me ne wo kɔda a, wobɛma me ɛdeɛn?”

17Yuda buaa sɛ, “Mɛma wɔde ɔpapo afiri me nnwankuo no mu abrɛ wo.”

Tamar bisaa no bio sɛ, “Ansa na wode ɔpapo no bɛba no, ɛdeɛn na wode bɛdi wo ho agyinamu?”

18Yuda nso bisaa no sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn adeɛ na wopɛ sɛ mede di me ho agyinamu?”

Tamar buaa sɛ, “Deɛ fa di wo ho agyinamu ne wo nsa so kawa ne nʼahoma ne saa poma a ɛkura wo yi.” Enti, Yuda de saa nneɛma yi nyinaa maa Tamar ne no kɔdaeɛ, ma ɔnyinsɛneeɛ. 19Tamar firii hɔ akyiri no, ɔkɔyii ne nkatanimu no guu hɔ, sane faa ne kunatam firaeɛ.

20Yuda de ɔpapo no maa nʼadamfo Adulamni no sɛ, ɔmfa nkɔma ɔbaa no, na ɔnnye nneɛma a ɔde dii ne ho agyinamu no mmrɛ no no, wanhu no. Enti, Adulamni no 21bisaa kurom hɔfoɔ no sɛ, “Ɛhe na hyiadan mu ɔbaa odwamanfoɔ a na ɔte Enaim kwankyɛn frɛfrɛ mmarima no wɔ?”

Wɔbuaa no sɛ, “Yɛnni hyiadan mu ɔbaa odwamanfoɔ biara wɔ ha.”

22Enti, ɔsane kɔɔ Yuda hɔ, kɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Manhunu no. Ɛnna kurom hɔfoɔ nso kaa sɛ, ‘Hyiadan mu ɔbaa odwamanfoɔ38.22 Na saa adwamanfoɔ yi rekɔyɛ sɛ saa berɛ no yafununya anyame no. biara nni ha.’ ”

23Yuda nso kaa sɛ, “Ma no mfa nneɛma no, na anyɛ saa a wɔbɛsere yɛn. Wo ara wodi ho adanseɛ sɛ memaa wode ɔpapo no kɔeɛ, nanso woanhunu no.”

24Ɛbɛyɛ abosome mmiɛnsa akyiri no, Yuda tee sɛ nʼase Tamar abɔ adwaman, anyinsɛn.

Ɔtee saa asɛm no, ɔkaa sɛ, “Monkɔkye no mmra, na yɛnhye no, nku no.”

25Wɔkɔkyeree Tamar de no reba abɛkum no no, ɔsoma ma wɔkɔka kyerɛɛ nʼase Yuda sɛ, “Onipa a ne nneɛma nie no na ɔne me nyinsɛneeɛ. Monhwɛ sɛ mobɛhunu onipa ko a saa nsa so kawa ne nʼahoma ne poma yi yɛ ne dea no anaa.”

26Yuda gye too mu sɛ, saa nneɛma no yɛ ne dea. Ɔtoaa so sɛ, “Ɔbaa yi yɛ ɔteneneeni sen me, ɛfiri sɛ, mamfa no amma me babarima Sela anware.” Ɛfiri saa ɛberɛ no, Yuda ankɔ Tamar ho bio.

27Tamar awoɔ duruu so no, ɔwoo nta. 28Ɛberɛ a ɔrewo no, nta no mu baako de ne nsa dii ɛkan baeɛ. Enti, ɔbaa a ɔregye no awoɔ no de asaawa kɔkɔɔ bɔɔ abɔfra no abakɔn, kaa sɛ, “Yei na wɔwoo no kane.” 29Saa abɔfra no twee ne nsa sane kɔɔ mu. Ɔsane twee ne nsa kɔɔ mu no, wɔwoo ne nua a ɔka ne ho no mmom. Na ɔwogyefoɔ no kaa sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn abususɛm ni!” Wɔtoo no edin Peres. 30Akyire no, ɔwoo ne nuabarima a na asaawa kɔkɔɔ bɔ nʼabakɔn no. Wɔtoo ɔno nso edin Serah.