New International Version
and though Judah was the strongest of his brothers and a ruler came from him, the rights of the firstborn belonged to Joseph)--
King James Bible
For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's:)
Darby Bible Translation
for Judah prevailed among his brethren, and of him was the prince, but the birthright was Joseph's),
World English Bible
For Judah prevailed above his brothers, and of him came the prince; but the birthright was Joseph's:)
Young's Literal Translation
for Judah hath been mighty over his brother, and for leader above him, and the birthright is to Joseph.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And of him came the chief ruler - This is, by both the Syriac and Arabic, understood of Christ: "From Judah the King Messiah shall proceed." The Chaldee paraphrases the verse thus: "Seeing Judah prevailed over his brethren, so the kingdom was taken from Reuben and given to Judah; and because he was strong, so was his kingdom. Levi also was godly, and did not transgress in the matter of the golden calf; therefore the high priesthood was taken away from the children of Reuben, and on their account from all the first-born, and given to Aaron and his sons. The custody of the sanctuary belonged to the Levites, but the birthright to Joseph." - T.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
the chief ruler. or, the prince. By the chief ruler is meant first David, and after him the Messiah, agreeably to the celebrated prophecy of Jacob (
). The Syriac calls him Christ the king, and the Arabic, Messiah the king.
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"'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'"
Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright."
"Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine.
"Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father's sons will bow down to you.
1 Chronicles 28:4
"Yet the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the tribe of Judah he chose my family, and from my father's sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel.
Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter.
Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter.
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