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Tamar and Judah
Tamar and Judah
The story of Tamar and Judah can be found in the book of Genesis, chapter 38. It is a story of deception, betrayal, and ultimately, redemption.
Tamar was married to Judah's oldest son, Er, but Er died before they could have any children. According to the custom of the time, Tamar was then given to Er's younger brother, Onan, to produce children for Er. But Onan refused to fulfill his duty and was also struck down by God.
Judah then promised Tamar that she could marry his youngest son, Shelah, but he did not keep his promise. Tamar was left childless and without a husband, which was a difficult situation for a woman in that society.
In a bold move, Tamar disguised herself as a prostitute and waited for Judah on the side of the road. Judah slept with her, not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law. Tamar became pregnant as a result of their encounter.
When Judah found out that Tamar was pregnant, he was angry and ordered her to be burned to death for adultery. However, Tamar revealed that Judah was the father of her child by showing him the personal items he had left with her as payment for her services.
Judah realized his mistake and admitted that Tamar was more righteous than he was. Tamar gave birth to twin sons, Perez and Zerah, who became part of the lineage of Jesus Christ.
This story teaches us about the importance of keeping our promises and treating others with fairness and respect. It also shows us that even when we make mistakes, there is always a chance for redemption and forgiveness.