YOḆELIM 41 (Jubilee 41)

1 And in the forty-fifth Yoḇĕl, in the second week, in the second year, Yahuḏah took for his first-born Ĕr, a wife from the daughters of Aram, named Tamar.

2 But he hated, and did not lie with her, because his mother was of the daughters of Kena’an, and he wished to take a wife of the clan of his mother, but Yahuḏah, his father, would not permit him.

3 And this Ĕr, the first-born of Yahuḏah, was wicked, and 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 slew him.

4 And Yahuḏah said to Onan, his brother, “Go in to your brother’s wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her, and raise up seed for your brother.”

5 And Onan knew that the seed would not be his, his brother’s only, and he went into the house of his brother’s wife, and spilled the seed on the ground, and he was wicked in the eyes of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, and He slew him.

6 And Yahuḏah said to Tamar, his daughter-in-law, “Remain in your father’s house as a widow till Shĕlah my son is grown, and I shall give you to him as a wife.”

7 And he grew up, but Bedsu’ĕl, the wife of Yahuḏah, did not permit her son Shĕlah to marry. And Bedsu’ĕl, the wife of Yahuḏah, died in the fifth year of this week.

8 And in the sixth year Yahuḏah went up to shear his sheep at Timnah. And they told Tamar, “See your father-in-law goes up to Timnah to shear his sheep.”

9 And she put off her widow’s clothes, and put on a veil, and adorned herself, and sat in the gate bordering the way to Timnah.

10 And as Yahuḏah was going along, he found her, and thought her to be a whore, and he said to her, “Let me come in unto you.” And she said to him, “Come in.” And he went in.

11 And she said to him, “Give me my hire.” And he said to her, “I have naught in my hand except my seal that is on my finger, and my cord, and my staff which is in my hand.”

12 And she said to him, “Give them to me until you send me my hire.” And he said to her, “I shall send to you a young goat.” And he gave them to her, and she conceived by him.

13 And Yahuḏah went to his sheep, and she went to her father’s house.

14 And Yahuḏah sent a young goat by the hand of his shepherd, an Aḏullamite, but he did not find her, and he asked the people of the place saying, “Where is the whore who was here?” And they said to him, “There is no whore here with us.”

15 And he returned and informed him, and said to him that he had not found her. “I asked the people of the place, and they said to me, ‘There is no whore here.’ ” And he said, “Let her keep them lest we become a cause of mockery.”

16 And when she had completed three months, it was revealed that she was with child, and they told Yahuḏah, saying, “See Tamar, your daughter-in-law, is with child by whoring.”

17 And Yahuḏah went to the house of her father, and said to her father and her brothers, “Bring her out, and let them burn her, for she has wrought uncleanness in Yisra’ĕl!”

18 And it came to be when they brought her out to burn her that she sent to her father-in-law the seal and the cord, and the staff, saying, “Examine whose are these, for by him I am with child.”

19 And Yahuḏah acknowledged, and said, “Tamar is more righteous than I am. And therefore let them not burn her.”

20 And for that reason she was not given to Shĕlah, and he did not approach her again.

21 And after that she bore two sons, Perets and Zeraḥ, in the seventh year of this second week.

22 And after that the seven years of fruitfulness were accomplished, of which Yosĕph spoke to Pharaoh.

23 And Yahuḏah acknowledged that the deed which he had done was evil, for he had lain with his daughter-in-law, and he reckoned it hateful in his eyes, and he acknowledged that he had transgressed and gone astray; for he had uncovered the skirt of his son. And he began to lament and to plead before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 because of his transgression.

24 And we told him in a dream that it was forgiven him because he pleaded earnestly, and lamented, and did not commit it again.

25 And he received forgiveness because he turned from his sin and from his ignorance, for he transgressed greatly before Elohim; and every one that does so; every one who lies with his mother-in-law, let them burn him with fire that he may burn therein, for there is uncleanness and pollution upon them; with fire let them burn them.

26 And you shall command the children of Yisra’ĕl that there be no uncleanness among them, for everyone who lies with his daughter-in law or with his mother-in-law has wrought uncleanness. Let them burn the man who has lain with her with fire, and also the woman, and He shall turn away wrath and punishment from Yisra’ĕl.

27 And to Yahuḏah we said that his two sons had not lain with her, and for this reason his seed was established for a second generation, and would not be rooted out.

28 For in singleness of eye he had gone and sought for punishment, namely, according to the right-ruling of Aḇraham, which he had commanded his sons, Yahuḏah had sought to burn her with fire.