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Matthew's Bible 1537



38:1And it fortuned at that tyme that Iudas went from his brethren & gat him to a man called Hira of Odollam,
38:2& there he sawe the daughter of a man called Sua & Canaanyte: And he toke her and went in vnto her.
38:3And she conceyued & bare a sonne and called hys name Er.
38:4And she conceyued agayne and bare a sonne & called him Onan.
38:5And she conceyued the thyrde tyme & bare a sonne, whom she called Sela: and he was at Chesyb when she bare him.
38:6And Iudas gaue Er hys Eldest sonne a wyfe whose name was Thamar.
38:7But thys Er Iudas eldest sonne was wicked in the syght of the Lord, wherfore the Lorde slewe him.
38:8Than sayde Iudas vnto Onan: goo into thy brothers wyfe & marye her, and styrre vp seed vnto thy brother.
38:9And when Onan perceyued that the seed should not be hys: therfore when he went in to hys brothers wyfe, he spylled it on the ground, because he wolde not geue seed vnto his brother.
38:10And the thyng whych he dyd, dyspleased the Lorde, wherfore he slewe hym also.
38:11Than sayde Iudas to Thamar hys daughter in lawe: remayne a wydow at thy fathers house, tyll Sela my sonne be growne: for he feared lest he should haue dyed also, as hys brethren dyd. Thus went Thamar & dwelt in hyr fathers house.
38:12And in processe of tyme, the daughter of Sua Iudas wyfe dyed. Than Iudas when he had left mornynge, went vnto hys shepe sherers to Thymnath with his frende Hira of Odollam.
38:13And one told Thamar sayinge: beholde, thy father in lawe goth vp to Thymnathe, to shere hys shepe.
38:14And she pute hyr wyddows garments of from her & couered her wyth a clooke, & dysguysed her self: And sat her downe at the enterynge of Enaim which is by the heye waye syde to Thymnath, for because she sawe that Sela was growne, and she was not geuen vnto hym to wyfe.
38:15When Iuda sawe her, he thought it had bene an whoore, because she had couered her face.
38:16And turned to her vnto the waye and sayde, come I praye the, let me lye wyth the, for he knewe not that it was his daughter in lawe. And she sayd what wylt thou geue me for to lye wt me?
38:17Than sayde he, I wyl sende the a kydd from the flocke. She answered, Than geue me a pledge tyl thou send it.
38:18Than sayde he, what pledge shall I geue the? And she sayde: thy sygnet, thy bracelet, and thy staffe that is in thy hande. And he gaue it her & lay by her, & she was whith childe by him.
38:19And she gather vp & went & put her mantell from her, and put on her wydowes rayment agayn.
38:20And Iudas sent the kydd by his neybure of Odollam, for to fetch out his pledge agayn from the wyfes hande. But he found her not.
38:21Than asked he the men of the same place sayinge: where is the whoore that sat at Enaim in the waye? And they sayde: there was no whoore here.
38:22And he came to Iuda agayne sayinge: I can not fynde her, & also the men of the place sayd: that there was no whoore there.
38:23And Iuda sayde: let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: for I sent the kydd and thou couldest not fynde her.
38:24And it came to passe that after .iij. monethes, one tolde Iuda sayinge: Thamar thy daughter in lawe hath played the whoore, & wyth playinge the whoore is become greate wt chylde.
38:25And Iuda sayde: brynge her forth & let her be brente. And when they brought her forth, she sent to her father in law saying: by the man vnto whome these thynges pertayne, am I wyth chylde. And sayd also: loke whose are thys seall, bracelet, and staffe.
38:26And Iuda knewe them saying: she is more ryghtwes than I, because I gaue her not to Sela my sonne. But he lay with her nomore.
38:27When tyme was come that she shulde be delyuered, beholde there was two twynnes in her wombe.
38:28And as she traueled, the one put out hys hande and the mydwyfe toke & bound a redde threde aboute it sayinge: thys wyll come oute fyrste.
38:29But he plucked hys hande backe agayne, and hys brother came out. And she sayd: wherfore hast thou rent a rent vpon the? and called hym Pharez.
38:30And afterwarde came oute his brother that had the rede threde about his hande, whyche was, called Zarah.
Matthew's Bible 1537

Matthew's Bible 1537

The Matthew Bible, also known as Matthew's Version, was first published in 1537 by John Rogers, under the pseudonym "Thomas Matthew". It combined the New Testament of William Tyndale, and as much of the Old Testament as he had been able to translate before being captured and put to death, with the translations of Myles Coverdale as to the balance of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, except the Apocryphal Prayer of Manasses. It is thus a vital link in the main sequence of English Bible translations.