Judah found a wife for his son Er. Her name was Tamar. But soon after their marriage, God killed Er due to his wickedness.
So as was the custom, Tamar was given to Judah’s second son, Onan, so that he might pass along Er’s line. But Onan had a problem with that. If he had heirs, he wanted them to be his, not his brother’s, so he made sure that Tamar didn’t get pregnant. This displeased God, so He killed him as well.
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