The descendants of Judah
1 The sons of Israel were: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, 2 Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad and Asher.
2:2Israel was the name that God gave to Jacob. Jacob's 12 sons became the ancestors of the 12 tribes of Israel.
3 Judah's sons were: Er, Onan and Shelah. Their mother was Bath-shua, who was a woman from Canaan. Judah's firstborn son Er did things that the Lord saw were evil. So, the Lord killed him.
2:3When we write Lord like this, it is a special name for God. Sometimes people write it as ‘Yahweh’, or as ‘Jehovah’. It is his own name that he told Moses. See Exodus 3:14. It means ‘I am who I am’. This shows that God has always been there and he always will be there.
4 Judah had sex with Er's widow, Tamar. She gave birth to two sons for Judah, Perez and Zerah. Judah was the father of five sons.
5 Perez's sons were: Hezron and Hamul.
6 Zerah's five sons were: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol and Dara.
7 Carmi's son was Achar. Achar caused a lot of trouble for Israel. He took for himself things that belonged to God.
8 Ethan's son was Azariah.
9 Hezron's sons were: Jerahmeel, Ram and Caleb.
2:9Caleb or Chelubai.