Genesis 38:18-23 (New International Version)

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18 He said, "What pledge should I give you?" "Your seal1 and its cord, and the staff2 in your hand," she answered. So he gave them to her and slept with her, and she became pregnant by him.3 19 After she left, she took off her veil and put on her widow's clothes4 again. 20 Meanwhile Judah sent the young goat by his friend the Adullamite5 in order to get his pledge6 back from the woman, but he did not find her. 21 He asked the men who lived there, "Where is the shrine prostitute7 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,8 or we will become a laughingstock.9 After all, I did send her this young goat, but you didn't find her."
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