Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.17
But Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the LORD's sight;2 so the LORD put him to death.38
Then Judah said to Onan, "Lie with your brother's wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to produce offspring for your brother."49
But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he lay with his brother's wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother.
What he did was wicked in the LORD's sight; so he put him to death also.511
Judah then said to his daughter-in-law6 Tamar,7 "Live as a widow in your father's house8 until my son Shelah9 grows up."10 For he thought, "He may die too, just like his brothers." So Tamar went to live in her father's house.
After a long time Judah's wife, the daughter of Shua,11 died. When Judah had recovered from his grief, he went up to Timnah,12 to the men who were shearing his sheep,13 and his friend Hirah the Adullamite14 went with him.
When Tamar15 was told, "Your father-in-law is on his way to Timnah to shear his sheep,"1614
she took off her widow's clothes,17 covered herself with a veil18 to disguise herself, and then sat down19 at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah.20 For she saw that, though Shelah21 had now grown up, she had not been given to him as his wife.
When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute,22 for she had covered her face.
Not realizing23 that she was his daughter-in-law,24 he went over to her by the roadside and said, "Come now, let me sleep with you."25 "And what will you give me to sleep with you?"26 she asked.