And it came about at that time, that Judah departed from his brothers and visited a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.
Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua ; and he took her and went in to her.
Now Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.
But Er, Judah's firstborn, was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD took his life.
Then Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your brother's wife, and perform your duty as a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother."
Then Judah said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, "Remain a widow in your father's house until my son Shelah grows up"; for he thought, "I am afraid that he too may die like his brothers." So Tamar went and lived in her father's house.
Now after a considerable time Shua's daughter, the wife of Judah, died ; and when the time of mourning was ended, Judah went up to his sheepshearers at Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.
So he returned to Judah, and said, "I did not find her; and furthermore, the men of the place said, 'There has been no temple prostitute here.' "
Then Judah said, "Let her keep them, otherwise we will become a laughingstock. After all, I sent this young goat, but you did not find her."
Now it was about three months later that Judah was informed, "Your daughter-in-law Tamar has played the harlot, and behold, she is also with child by harlotry." Then Judah said, "Bring her out and let her be burned !"
So Judah said, "What can we say to my lord ? What can we speak ? And how can we justify ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants ; behold, we are my lord's slaves, both we and the one in whose possession the cup has been found."
"Judah, your brothers shall praise you; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies ; Your father's sons shall bow down to you.
"Judah is a lion's whelp ; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He couches, he lies down as a lion, And as a lion, who dares rouse him up?
"The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.