Genesis 38-40

38:1 And it came to pass at that time that Judas went down from his brethren, and came as far as to a certain man of Odollam, whose name was Iras.

38:2 And Judas saw there the daughter of a Chananitish man, whose name was Sava; and he took her, and went in to her.

38:3 And she conceived and bore a son, and called his name, Er.

38:4 And she conceived and bore a son again; and called his name, Aunan.

38:5 And she again bore a son; and called his name, Selom: and she was in Chasbi when she bore them.

38:6 And Judas took a wife for Er his first-born, whose name was Thamar.

38:7 And Er, the first-born of Judas, was wicked before the Lord; and God killed him.

38:8 And Judas said to Aunan, Go in to thy brother’s wife, and marry her as her brother-in-law, and raise up seed to thy brother.

38:9 And Aunan, knowing that the seed should not be his– it came to pass when he went in to his brother’s wife, that he spilled [it] upon the ground, so that he should not give seed to his brother’s wife.

38:10 And his doing this appeared evil before God; and he slew him also.

38:11 And Judas said to Thamar, his daughter-in-law, Sit thou a widow in the house of thy father-in-law, until Selom my son be grown; for he said, lest he also die as his brethren; and Thamar departed, and sat in the house of her father.

38:12 And the days were fulfilled, and Sava the wife of Judas died; and Judas, being comforted, went to them that sheared his sheep, himself and Iras his Shepherd the Odollamite, to Thamna.

38:13 And it was told Thamar his daughter-in-law, saying, Behold, thy father-in-law goeth up to Thamna, to shear his sheep.

38:14 And having taken off the garments of her widowhood from her, she put on a veil, and ornamented her face, and sat by the gates of Aenan, which is in the way to Thamna, for she saw that Selom was grown; but he gave her not to him for a wife.

38:15 And when Judas saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; for she covered her face, and he knew her not.

38:16 And he went out of his way to her, and said to her, Let me come in to thee; for he knew not that she was his daughter-in-law; and she said, What wilt thou give me if thou shouldest come in to me?

38:17 And he said, I will send thee a kid of the goats from my flock; and she said, [Well], if thou wilt give me an earnest, until thou send it.

38:18 And he said, What is the earnest that I shall give thee? and she said, Thy ring, and thy bracelet, and the staff in thy hand; and he gave them to her, and went in to her, and she conceived by him.

38:19 And she arose and departed, and took her veil from off her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.

38:20 And Judas sent the kid of the goats by the hand of his shepherd the Odollamite, to receive the pledge from the woman; and he found her not.

38:21 And he asked the men of the place, Where is the harlot who was in Aenan by the way-side? and they said, There was no harlot here.

38:22 And he returned to Judas, and said, I have not found her; and the men of the place say, There is no harlot here.

38:23 And Judas said, Let her have them, but let us not be ridiculed; I sent this kid, but thou hast not found her.

38:24 And it came to pass after three months, that it was told Judas, saying, Thamar thy daughter-in-law has grievously played the harlot, and behold she is with child by whoredom; and Judas said, Bring her out, and let her be burnt.

38:25 And as they were bringing her, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, I am with child by the man whose these things are; and she said, See whose is this ring and bracelet and staff.

38:26 And Judas knew [them], and said, Thamar is cleared rather than I, forasmuch as I gave her not to Selom my son: and he knew her not again.

38:27 And it came to pass when she was in labour, that she also had twins in her womb.

38:28 And it came to pass as she was bringing forth, one thrust forth his hand, and the midwife having taken hold of it, bound upon his hand a scarlet [thread], saying, This one shall come out first.

38:29 And when he drew back his hand, then immediately came forth his brother; and she said, Why has the barrier been cut through because of thee? and she called his name, Phares.

38:30 And after this came forth his brother, on whose hand was the scarlet thread; and she called his name, Zara.


39:1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Petephres the eunuch of Pharao, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ismaelites, who brought him down thither.

39:2 And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house with his lord the Egyptian.

39:3 And his master knew that the Lord was with him, and the Lord prospers in his hands whatsoever he happens to do.

39:4 And Joseph found grace in the presence of his lord, and was well-pleasing to him; and he set him over his house, and all that he had he gave into the hand of Joseph.

39:5 And it came to pass after that he was set over his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the house of the Egyptian for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all his possessions in the house, and in his field.

39:6 And he committed all that he had into the hands of Joseph; and he knew not of anything that belonged to him, save the bread which he himself ate. And Joseph was handsome in form, and exceedingly beautiful in countenance.

39:7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph, and said, Lie with me.

39:8 But he would not; but said to his master’s wife, If because of me my master knows nothing in his house, and has given into my hands all things that belong to him:

39:9 and in this house there is nothing above me, nor has anything been kept back from me, but thou, because thou art his wife– how then shall I do this wicked thing, and sin against God?

39:10 And when she talked with Joseph day by day, and he hearkened not to her to sleep with her, so as to be with her,

39:11 it came to pass on a certain day, that Joseph went into the house to do his business, and there was no one of the household within.

39:12 And she caught hold of him by his clothes, and said, Lie with me; and having left his clothes in her hands, he fled, and went forth.

39:13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his clothes in her hands, and fled, and gone forth,

39:14 that she called those that were in the house, and spoke to them, saying, See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew servant to mock us– he came in to me, saying, Lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice.

39:15 And when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, having left his clothes with m, he fled, and went forth out.

39:16 So she leaves the clothes by her, until the master came to his house.

39:17 And she spoke to him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, whom thou broughtest in to us, came in to me to mock me, and said to me, I will lie with thee.

39:18 And when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, having left his clothes with me, he fled and departed forth.

39:19 And it came to pass, when his master heard all the words of his wife, that she spoke to him, saying, Thus did thy servant to me, that he was very angry.

39:20 And his master took Joseph, and cast him into the prison, into the place where the king’s prisoners are kept, there in the prison.

39:21 And the Lord was with Joseph, and poured down mercy upon him; and he gave him favour in the sight of the chief keeper of the prison.

39:22 And the chief keeper of the prison gave the prison into the hand of Joseph, and all the prisoners as many as were in the prison; and all things whatsoever they do there, he did them.

39:23 Because of him the chief keeper of the prison knew nothing, for all things were in the hand of Joseph, because the Lord was with him; and whatever things he did, the Lord made them to prosper in his hands.


40:1 And it came to pass after these things, that the chief cupbearer of the king of Egypt and the chief baker trespassed against their lord the king of Egypt.

40:2 And Pharao was wroth with his two eunuchs, with his chief cupbearer, and with his chief baker.

40:3 And he put them in ward, into the prison, into the place whereinto Joseph had been led.

40:4 And the chief keeper of the prison committed them to Joseph, and he stood by them; and they were [some] days in the prison.

40:5 And they both had a dream in one night; and the vision of the dream of the chief cupbearer and chief baker, who belonged to the king of Egypt, who were in the prison, was this.

40:6 Joseph went in to them in the morning, and saw them, and they had been troubled.

40:7 And he asked the eunuchs of Pharao who were with im in the prison with his master, saying, Why is it that your countenances are sad to-day?

40:8 And they said to him, We have seen a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said to them, Is not the interpretation of them through god? tell [them] than to me.

40:9 And the chief cupbearer related his dream to Joseph, and said, I my dream a vine was before me.

40:10 And in the vine [were] three stems; and it budding shot forth blossoms; the clusters of grapes were ripe.

40:11 And the cup of Pharao was in my hand; and I took the bunch of grapes, and squeezed it into the cup, and gave the cup into Pharao’s hand.

40:12 And Joseph said to him, This is the interpretation of it. The three stems are three days.

40:13 Yet three days and Pharao shall remember thy office, and he shall restore thee to thy place of chief cupbearer, and thou shalt give the cup of Pharao into his hand, according to thy former high place, as thou wast wont to be cupbearer.

40:14 But remember me of thyself, when it shall be well with thee, and thou shalt deal mercifully with me, and thou shalt make mention of me to Pharao, and thou shalt bring me forth out of this dungeon.

40:15 For surely I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews, and here I have done nothing, but they have cast me into this pit.

40:16 And the chief baker saw that he interpreted aright; and he said to Joseph, I also saw a dream, and methought I took up on my head three baskets of mealy food.

40:17 And in the upper basket there was the work of the baker of every kind which Pharao eats; and the fowls of the air ate them out of the basket that was on my head.

40:18 And Joseph answered and said to him, This is the interpretation of it; The three baskets are three days.

40:19 Yet three days, and Pharao shall take away thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree, and the birds of the sky shall eat thy flesh from off thee.

40:20 And it came to pass on the third day that it was Pharao’s birth-day, and he made a banquet for all his servants, and he remembered the office of the cupbearer and the office of the baker in the midst of his servants.

40:21 And he restored the chief cupbearer to his office, and he gave the cup into Pharao’s hand.

40:22 And he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph, interpreted to them.

40:23 Yet did not the chief cupbearer remember Joseph, but forgot him.

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