Judah (Joo´duh)

The name of a region in Palestine, of a tribe, and of an individual, who is the eponymous ancestor of the tribe. In Genesis, Judah is introduced as the fourth son born to Jacob and his first wife, Leah (Gen 29:35; Gen 37:26; Gen 43:3; Gen 43:8; Gen 44:14; Gen 44:16; Gen 44:18; Gen 46:28). The tribe of Judah became the state of Judah in the time of David. In Hebron, the capital of Judah, David was anointed king by “the people of Judah” (2Sam 2:4) to rule over what was apparently a loose confederation of southern tribes. In the NT, Judah is ranked at the head of “the sealed” (Rev 7:5) and Jesus’s descent is from Judah, a nonpriestly tribe in (Heb 7:14).

Gen 29:35

35She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord”; therefore she named him Judah; then she ceased bearing.

Gen 37:26

26Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?

Gen 43:3

3But Judah said to him, “The man solemnly warned us, saying, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’

Gen 43:8

8Then Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the boy with me, and let us be on our way, so that we may live and not die—you and we and also our little ones.

Gen 44:14

14Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house while he was still there; and they fell to the ground before him.

Gen 44:16

16And Judah said, “What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? How can we clear ourselves? God has found out the guilt of your servants; here we are then, my ... View more

Gen 44:18

Judah Pleads for Benjamin's Release
18Then Judah stepped up to him and said, “O my lord, let your servant please speak a word in my lord's ears, and do not be a ... View more

Gen 46:28

Jacob Settles in Goshen
28Israel sent Judah ahead to Joseph to lead the way before him into Goshen. When they came to the land of Goshen,

2Sam 2:4

4Then the people of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.
When they told David, “It was the people of Jabesh-gilead who buried ... View more

Rev 7:5

5From the tribe of Judah twelve thousand sealed,
from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand,

Heb 7:14

14For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.

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