1Now at that time, Judah went away from his brothers and became the friend of a man of Adullam named Hirah.
2And there he saw the daughter of a certain man of Canaan named Shua, and took her as his wife.
3And she gave birth to a son, and he gave him the name Er.
4And again she gave birth to a son, and he gave him the name Onan.
5Then she had another son, to whom she gave the name Shelah; she was at Chezib when the birth took place.
6And Judah took a wife for his first son Er, and her name was Tamar.
7Now Er, Judah’s first son, did evil in the eyes of the Lord, so that he put him to death.
8Then Judah said to Onan, Go in to your brother’s wife and do what it is right for a husband’s brother to do; make her your wife and get offspring for your brother.
9But Onan, seeing that the offspring would not be his, went in to his brother’s wife, but let his seed go on to the earth, so that he might not get offspring for his brother.
10And what he did was evil in the eyes of the Lord, so that he put him to death, like his brother.
11Then Judah said to Tamar, his daughter-in-law, Go back to your father’s house and keep yourself as a widow till my son Shelah becomes a man: for he had in his mind the thought that death might come to him as it had come to his brothers. So Tamar went back to her father’s house.
12And after a time, Bath-shua, Judah’s wife, came to her end; and after Judah was comforted for her loss, he went to Timnah, where they were cutting the wool of his sheep, and his friend Hirah of Adullam went with him.
13And when Tamar had news that her father-in-law was going up to Timnah to the wool-cutting,
14She took off her widow’s clothing, and covering herself with her veil, she took her seat near Enaim on the road to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was now a man, but she had not been made his wife.
15When Judah saw her he took her to be a loose woman of the town, because her face was covered.
16And turning to her by the roadside, he said to her, Let me come in to you; for he had no idea that she was his daughter-in-law. And she said, What will you give me as my price?
17And he said, I will give you a young goat from the flock. And she said, What will you give me as a sign till you send it?
18And he said, What would you have? And she said, Your ring and its cord and the stick in your hand. So he gave them to her and went in to her, and she became with child by him.
19Then she got up and went away and took off her veil and put on her widow’s clothing.
20Then Judah sent his friend Hirah with the young goat, to get back the things which he had given as a sign to the woman: but she was not there.
21And he put questions to the men of the place, saying, Where is the loose woman who was in Enaim by the wayside? And they said, There was no such woman there.
22So he went back to Judah, and said, I have not seen her, and the men of the place say that there is no such woman there.
23And Judah said, Let her keep the things, so that we may not be shamed; I sent the young goat, but you did not see the woman.
24Now about three months after this, word came to Judah that Tamar, his daughter-in-law, had been acting like a loose woman and was with child. And Judah said, Take her out and let her be burned.
25And while she was being taken out, she sent word to her father-in-law, saying, The man whose property these things are, is the father of my child: say then, whose are this ring and this cord and this stick?
26Then Judah said openly that they were his, and said, She is more upright than I am, for I did not give her to Shelah my son. And he had no more connection with her.
27And when the time came for her to give birth, it was clear that there were two children in her body.
28And while she was in the act of giving birth, one of them put out his hand; and the woman who was with her put a red thread round his hand, saying, This one came out first.
29But then he took his hand back again, and his brother came first to birth: and the woman said, What an opening you have made for yourself! So he was named Perez.
30And then his brother came out, with the red thread round his hand, and he was named Zerah.
A Psalm. Of David.
1 Give to the Lord, you sons of the gods, give to the Lord glory and strength.
2Give to the Lord the full glory of his name; give him worship in holy robes.
3The voice of the Lord is on the waters: the God of glory is thundering, the Lord is on the great waters.
4The voice of the Lord is full of power; the voice of the Lord has a noble sound.
5By the voice of the Lord are the cedar-trees broken, even the cedars of Lebanon are broken by the Lord.
6He makes them go jumping about like a young ox; Lebanon and Sirion like a young mountain ox.
7At the voice of the Lord flames of fire are seen.
8At the voice of the Lord there is a shaking in the waste land, even a shaking in the waste land of Kadesh.
9At the voice of the Lord the roes give birth, the leaves are taken from the trees: in his Temple everything says, Glory.
10The Lord had his seat as king when the waters came on the earth; the Lord is seated as king for ever.
11The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will give his people the blessing of peace.
1And looking up, he saw the men of wealth putting their offerings in the money-box.
2And he saw a certain poor widow putting in a farthing.
3And he said, Truly I say to you, This poor widow has given more than all of them:
4For they gave out of their wealth, having more than enough for themselves: but she, even out of her need, has put in all her living.
5And some were talking about the Temple, how it was made fair with beautiful stones and with offerings, but he said,
6As for these things which you see, the days will come when not one stone will be resting on another, but all will be broken down.
7And they said to him, Master, when will these things be? and what sign will there be when these events are to take place?
8And he said, Take care that you are not tricked: for a number of people will come in my name, saying, I am he; and, The time is near: do not go after them.
9And when news of wars and troubled times comes to your ears, have no fear; for these things have to be, but the end will not be now.
10Then he said to them, Nation will be moved against nation and kingdom against kingdom:
11There will be great earth-shocks and outbursts of disease in a number of places, and men will be without food; and there will be wonders and great signs from heaven.
12But before all this, they will take you and be very cruel to you, giving you up to the Synagogues and to prisons, taking you before kings and rulers, because of my name.
13And it will be turned to a witness for you.
14So take care not to be troubled before the time comes, about what answers you will give:
15For I will give you words and wisdom, so that not one of those who are against you will be able to get the better of you, or to put you in the wrong.
16But you will be given up even by your fathers and mothers, your brothers and relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death.
17And you will be hated by all men, because of me.
18But not a hair of your head will come to destruction.
19By going through all these things, you will keep your lives.
20But when you see armies all round about Jerusalem, then be certain that her destruction is near.
21Then let those who are in Judaea go in flight to the mountains; and those who are in the middle of the town go out; and let not those who are in the country come in.
22For these are the days of punishment, in which all the things in the Writings will be put into effect.
23It will be hard for women who are with child, and for her with a baby at the breast, in those days. For great trouble will come on the land, and wrath on this people.
24And they will be put to death with the sword, and will be taken as prisoners into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be crushed under the feet of the Gentiles, till the times of the Gentiles are complete.
25And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; and on the earth, fear among the nations and doubt because of the loud noise of the sea and the waves;
26Men’s strength will go from them in fear and in waiting for the things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of the heavens will be moved.
27And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud, with power and great glory.
28But when these things come about, let your heads be lifted up, because your salvation is near.
29And he made a story for them: See the fig-tree, and all the trees;
30When they put out their young leaves, you take note of it, and it is clear to you that summer is coming.
31In the same way, when you see these things taking place you may be certain that the kingdom of God is near.
32Truly I say to you, This generation will not come to an end till all things are complete.
33Heaven and earth will come to an end, but my words will not come to an end.
34But give attention to yourselves, for fear that your hearts become over-full of the pleasures of food and wine, and the cares of this life, and that day may come on you suddenly, and take you as in a net:
35For so it will come on all those who are living on the face of all the earth.
36But keep watch at all times with prayer, that you may be strong enough to come through all these things and take your place before the Son of man.
37And every day he was teaching in the Temple and every night he went out to the mountain which is named the Mountain of Olives to take his rest.
38And all the people came early in the morning to give ear to his words in the Temple.