Genesis 38-40 Darby’s Translation

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Judah and Tamar

38 1  And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a man of Adullam whose name was Hirah. 2  And Judah saw there the daughter of a Canaanitish man whose name was Shua; and he took her, and went in to her. 3  And she conceived and bore a son; and he called his name Er. 4  And she again conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Onan. 5  And again she bore a son, and she called his name Shelah; and he was at Chezib when she bore him. 6  And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7  And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of Jehovah, and Jehovah slew him. 8  Then Judah said to Onan, Go in to thy brother's wife, and fulfil to her the brother-in-law's duty, and raise up seed to thy brother. 9  But when Onan knew that the seed should not be his own, it came to pass when he went in to his brother's wife, that he spilled [it] on the ground, in order to give no seed to his brother. 10  And the thing which he did was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and he slew him also. 11  And Judah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law, Remain a widow in thy father's house, until Shelah my son is grown; for he said, Lest he die also, as his brethren. And Tamar went and remained in her father's house.

12  And as the days were multiplied, Judah's wife, the daughter of Shua, died. And Judah was comforted, and he went up to his sheep-shearers, to Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. 13  And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep. 14  And she put the garments of her widowhood off from her, and covered herself with a veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in the entry of Enaim, which is on the way to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given to him as wife. 15  And Judah saw her, and took her for a harlot; because she had covered her face. 16  And he turned aside to her by the way, and said, Come, I pray thee, let me go in to thee; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in to me? 17  And he said, I will send [thee] a kid of the goats from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give [me] a pledge, until thou send it? 18  And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy lace, and thy staff which is in thy hand. And he gave [it] her, and went in to her; and she conceived by him. 19  And she arose and went away; and she laid by her veil from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood. 20  And Judah sent the kid of the goats by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive the pledge from the woman's hand; but he found her not. 21  And he asked the men of her place, saying, Where is the prostitute that was at Enaim, by the way-side? And they said, There was no prostitute here. 22  And he returned to Judah, and said, I have not found her; and also the men of the place said, No prostitute has been here. 23  Then Judah said, Let her take [it] for herself, lest we be put to shame. Behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

24  And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter-in-law has committed fornication, and behold, she is also with child by fornication. And Judah said, Bring her forth, that she may be burned. 25  When she was brought forth, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, By the man to whom these [belong] am I with child; and she said, Acknowledge, I pray thee, whose are this signet, and this lace, and this staff. 26  And Judah acknowledged [them], and said, She is more righteous than I, because I have not given her to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more. 27  And it came to pass at the time of her delivery, that behold, twins were in her womb. 28  And it came to pass when she brought forth, that one stretched out [his] hand, and the midwife took it and bound round his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first. 29  And it came to pass as he drew back his hand, that behold, his brother came out; and she said, How hast thou broken forth! on thee be the breach! And they called his name Pherez. 30  And afterwards came out his brother, round whose hand was the scarlet thread; and they called his name Zerah.

Joseph and Potiphar's Wife

39 1  And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, a chamberlain of Pharaoh, the captain of the life-guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hand of the Ishmaelites who had brought him down thither. 2  And Jehovah was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3  And his master saw that Jehovah was with him, and that Jehovah made all that he did to prosper in his hand. 4  And Joseph found favour in his eyes, and attended on him; and he set him over his house, and all that he had he gave into his hand. 5  And it came to pass from the time he had set him over his house and all that he had, that Jehovah blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of Jehovah was on all that he had in the house and in the field. 6  And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand, and took cognizance of nothing with him, save the bread that he ate. And Joseph was of a beautiful form and of a beautiful countenance.

7  And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph, and said, Lie with me! 8  But he refused, and said to his master's wife, Behold, my master takes cognizance of nothing with me: what is in the house, and all that he has, he has given into my hand. 9  There is none greater in this house than I; neither has he withheld anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife; and how should I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? 10  And it came to pass as she spoke to Joseph day by day and he hearkened not to her, to lie with her [and] to be with her, 11  that on a certain day he went into the house to do his business, and there was none of the men of the house there in the house. 12  Then she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me! But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran out.

13  And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled forth, 14  that she called to the men of her house, and spoke to them, saying, See, he has brought in a Hebrew man to us, to mock us: he came in to me, to lie with me; and I cried with a loud voice; 15  and it came to pass when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went out. 16  And she laid his garment by her until his lord came home. 17  And she spoke to him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew bondman that thou hast brought to us came in to me to mock me; 18  and it came to pass as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled forth.

19  And it came to pass when his lord heard the words of his wife which she spoke to him, saying, After this manner did thy bondman to me, that his wrath was kindled. 20  And Joseph's lord took him and put him into the tower-house, [the] place where the king's prisoners were confined; and he was there in the tower-house. 21  And Jehovah was with Joseph, and extended mercy to him, and gave him favour in the eyes of the chief of the tower-house. 22  And the chief of the tower-house committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the tower-house; and whatever they had to do there he did. 23  The chief of the tower-house looked not to anything under his hand, because Jehovah was with him; and what he did, Jehovah made it prosper.

Joseph Interprets the Prisoners' Dreams

40 1  And it came to pass after these things, [that] the cup-bearer of the king of Egypt and the baker offended their lord the king of Egypt. 2  And Pharaoh was wroth with his two chamberlains—with the chief of the cup-bearers and with the chief of the bakers; 3  and he put them in custody into the house of the captain of the life-guard, into the tower-house, into the place where Joseph was imprisoned. 4  And the captain of the life-guard appointed Joseph to them, that he should attend on them. And they were [several] days in custody.

5  And they dreamed a dream, both of them in one night, each his dream, each according to the interpretation of his dream, the cup-bearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were imprisoned in the tower-house. 6  And Joseph came in to them in the morning, and looked on them, and behold, they were sad. 7  And he asked Pharaoh's chamberlains that were with him in custody in his lord's house, saying, Why are your faces [so] sad to-day? 8  And they said to him, We have dreamt a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said to them, [Do] not interpretations [belong] to God? tell me [your dreams], I pray you. 9  Then the chief of the cup-bearers told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; 10  and in the vine were three branches; and it was as though it budded: its blossoms shot forth, its clusters ripened into grapes. 11  And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand. 12  And Joseph said to him, This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days. 13  In yet three days will Pharaoh lift up thy head and restore thee to thy place, and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his cup-bearer. 14  Only bear a remembrance with thee of me when it goes well with thee, and deal kindly, I pray thee, with me, and make mention of me to Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house; 15  for indeed I was stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon. 16  And when the chief of the bakers saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, I also was in my dream, and behold, three baskets of white bread were on my head. 17  And in the uppermost basket there were all manner of victuals for Pharaoh that the baker makes, and the birds ate them out of the basket upon my head. 18  And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation of it: the three baskets are three days. 19  In yet three days will Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and hang thee on a tree; and the birds will eat thy flesh from off thee.

20  And it came to pass the third day—Pharaoh's birthday—that he made a feast to all his bondmen. And he lifted up the head of the chief of the cup-bearers, and the head of the chief of the bakers among his bondmen. 21  And he restored the chief of the cup-bearers to his office of cup-bearer again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand. 22  And he hanged the chief of the bakers, as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23  But the chief of the cup-bearers did not remember Joseph, and forgot him.

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