Genesis Chapter 38

Genesis 38

1And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.

2And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her.

3And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er.

4And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan.

5And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him.

6And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar.

7And Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.

8And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.

9And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.

10And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.

11Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at thy father’s house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father’s house.

12And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah’s wife died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.

13And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.

14And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.

15When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.

16And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?

17And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?

18And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.

19And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.

20And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman’s hand: but he found her not.

21Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in this place.

22And he returned to Judah, and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot in this place.

23And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

24And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.

25When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.

26And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.

27And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.

28And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.

29And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.

30And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.

16 thoughts on “Genesis Chapter 38

  1. Judah was quick to condemn Tamar, only to have his own sin revealed. A lesson for us not to be quick to judge others. Jesus said we need to look at the sin in our lives before trying to deal with other people’s so harshly.

  2. THE INFLUENCE OF WHAT YOU WEAR

    13And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.

    14And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.

    15When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.

    WOW, there is so much to process in this one chapter. GOD has judged this family and instead of seeking the LORD they sought their own answers. We find evil, death, incest, whoredom, deceit, lying, hypocrisy, and confusion in the womb of Tamar.

    Tamar was wronged by Judah, however her response to that wrong, by deception and playing a harlot created more trouble.

    Tamar should have put on the garment of PRAISE instead of wrapping herself like a harlot, the garment of praise will always cover the widow’s (mourning) garment.

    Regardless of the wrong we must put on the correct garment!

    PRAISE

    BE Church and get dressed for JESUS!

  3. 25When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.
    26And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.

    All because of the pledge: that is what saved her from being burnt.

  4. 19 My friends, do not try to punish others when they wrong you, but wait for God to punish them with his anger. It is written: “I will punish those who do wrong; I will repay them,” says the Lord. 20 But you should do this: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. Doing this will be like pouring burning coals on his head.” —Proverbs 25:21–22 21 Do not let evil defeat you, but defeat evil by doing good. ROM 12:19-21 NCV

    When someone does something wrong or evil to us we should overcome evil with good. God is all seeing and all knowing of actions and thoughts- in secret and open. Numbers 32:23 ….. you can be sure that your sin will track you down. MSG

  5. The lesson of “not taking matters into our own hands” has been in Judah’s life since the rape and vengance of his sister Dinah. Its circulating back again with Tamar, whose name is actually going to be recyled as well, as David’s daughter (she actually gets it right) who gets raped by Amnon. What I am trying to say here is if we/Judah and Tamar understood that keeping our word, staying in line with forgivness even when it hurts is more important than acting out in rage when we are betrayed. Acting out in our will ..will get us into a whole nother level of mess. Discipline is the key that would have opened the door in this bloodline. Our merciful father saw the failure, presented a chance agian, then handed it to another.

  6. GOD by HIs Mercy used Tamar to be a part of history. As He used the harlot Rahab that by faith she perished not with them that believe not,
    when she received the spies with peace. Heb.11:31
    Fact: GOD still uses human beings.

  7. This chapter reminds me of our daily lives. The father, sons and daughter-in-law taking matters into their own hands. They were all making decisions without praying about it first. The consequences of relying on our own decisions are severe. Pray about our daily decisions and ask God for help. With God’s direction, we are blessed in our daily decisions.

  8. 1And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.

    At the beginning of the story Judah went down from his brethren. At the end of the story the consequence of his actions are brought to light.

    Surely Judah did not think taking a Canaanite wife would lead to harlotry, and deception. Surely he never guessed his trip away from home would bring about great guilt and shame upon him.

    We must be careful to never leave the place God has put us. Just like David and Bathsheba, our consequences will always find us out. David stayed at home when he should have been in battle fighting for the country.

    Stepping out of our place, protection, and covering will cause a vulnerability for the enemy to step in and take us farther than we wanted.

    Pharez and Zarah lived on. Tamar, forever a widow. All of these a daily chilling reminder of the one day when Judah went down from his brethren.

  9. Judah means praise. And to me reading this chapter shows some consequences when our praise is no longer God focused but brought down to worldly things.

  10. What a chapter…full of everything that keeps people bound even today. Tamar and Judah both struggling with the carnal mind and fleshly desires that only lead them to a place of shame. What is it that we feel that taking control will lead us to where and what we want? It all starts in the mind. If we can allow Satan to attack our minds then he’s got us!
    Put on your garment of PRAISE and throw off the garment that the enemy has you bound in.

  11. What will you do for a baby?

    When the result (sons) of praise (Judah) didn’t fulfill Tamar’s desire for a child, she turned to using praise directly. So must we avoid this in our relationship with God. Praise is part of building our relationship with Him. When the resulting relationship doesn’t satisfy every want, we can be tempted to turn to praise to try to manipulate what we want from God. Praise ceases to be about relationship, it’s just about what we want like it’s somehow become a currency with God (praise enough, get what you want.)

    Sometimes our wants will be disappointed, sometimes it won’t go how we want. Carnal thinking *must* be tossed out if we want to walk with God in right relationship with Him.

    1 Peter 5:6-7 “6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

    Psalm 37:4 “Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

    Romans 8:6-8 “6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”

    When we make it about Him and not our wants, then He can receive glory in taking care of us and even fulfilling wants as it lines up with His will.

  12. This chapter illustrates decisiveness. We must be careful what we do, for we may never know the price until after it is too late. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  13. Your sin will find you out. What’s done in the dark will come to the light. It is crucial that we always strive to do what’s right. You never know who else knows your “little” secret.

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