Judah: Praise, the fourth son of Jacob by Leah. The name originated in Leah's
words of praise to the Lord on account of his birth: "Now will I
praise [Heb. odeh] Jehovah, and she called his name Yehudah"
(Genesis 29:35) It was Judah that interposed in behalf of Joseph, so
that his life was spared
(Genesis 37:26,27) He took a lead in the
affairs of the family, and "prevailed above his brethren"
(Genesis 43:3-10; 44:14,16-34; 46:28; 1 Chronicles 5:2) Soon after the sale of
Joseph to the Ishmaelites, Judah went to reside at Adullam, where he
married a woman of Canaan.
After the death of his wife Shuah, he returned to his father's house,
and there exercised much influence over the patriarch, taking a
principal part in the events which led to the whole family at length
going down into Egypt. We hear nothing more of him till he received
his father's blessing