1 Chronicles 5:2
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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)--

New Living Translation
The descendants of Judah became the most powerful tribe and provided a ruler for the nation, but the birthright belonged to Joseph.

English Standard Version
though Judah became strong among his brothers and a chief came from him, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph),

New American Standard Bible
Though Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came the leader, yet the birthright 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:)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Although Judah became strong among his brothers and a ruler came from him, the birthright was given to Joseph.

International Standard Version
Even though Judah became prominent among his relatives—that is, the Commander-in-chief will be his descendant—nevertheless the right of the firstborn went to Joseph.)

NET Bible
Though Judah was the strongest among his brothers and a leader descended from him, the right of the firstborn belonged to Joseph.)

New Heart English Bible
For Judah prevailed above his brothers, and of him came the prince; but the birthright was Joseph's:)

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even though Judah was more prominent than his brothers and the prince was to come from him, Joseph received the rights as firstborn.)

JPS Tanakh 1917
For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came he that is the prince; but the birthright was Joseph's--

New American Standard 1977
Though Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came the leader, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph),

Jubilee Bible 2000
For Judah prevailed above his brethren and was their prince, but the birthright was Joseph's:)

King James 2000 Bible
For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and from him came the prince; but the birthright was Joseph's:)

American King James Version
For Judah prevailed above his brothers, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's:)

American Standard Version
For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the prince; but the birthright was Joseph's:)

Douay-Rheims Bible
But of the race of Juda, who was the strongest among his brethren, came the princes: but the first birthright was accounted to Joseph.)

Darby Bible Translation
for Judah prevailed among his brethren, and of him was the prince, but the birthright was Joseph's),

English Revised Version
For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the prince; but the birthright was Joseph's:)

Webster's Bible Translation
For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birth-right 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.
Study Bible
Descendants of Reuben
1Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel; so that he is not enrolled in the genealogy according to the birthright. 2Though Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came the leader, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph), 3the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel were Hanoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi.…
Cross References
Matthew 2:6
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 be the shepherd of My people Israel.'"

Genesis 25:31
But Jacob said, "First sell me your birthright."

Genesis 48:5
"Now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are.

Genesis 49:8
"Judah, your brothers shall praise you; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father's sons shall bow down to you.

1 Chronicles 28:4
"Yet, the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever. For He has chosen Judah to be a leader; and in the house of Judah, my father's house, and among the sons of my father He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel.

Psalm 60:7
"Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet of My head; Judah is My scepter.

Psalm 108:8
"Gilead is Mine, Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet of My head; Judah is My scepter.

Micah 5:2
"But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity."
Treasury of Scripture

For Judah prevailed above his brothers, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's:)

Judah.

Genesis 35:23 The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, …

Genesis 49:8-10 Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise: your hand shall …

Numbers 2:3 And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the …

Numbers 7:12 And he that offered his offering the first day was Nahshon the son …

Joshua 14:6 Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the …

Judges 1:2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the …

Psalm 60:7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength …

Psalm 108:8 Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of …

Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands …

Matthew 2:6 And you Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, are not the least among the …

Hebrews 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe …

Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders said to me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the …

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 (

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

1 Samuel 16:1,10,12 And the LORD said to Samuel, How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing …

2 Samuel 8:15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and …

Psalm 78:68-71 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved…

Jeremiah 23:5,6 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will raise to David …

Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands …

Matthew 2:6 And you Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, are not the least among the …

Hebrews 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe …

birthright was.

Genesis 49:26 The blessings of your father have prevailed above the blessings of …

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed …

(2) For Judah prevailed above his brethren.--Literally, was mighty among his brethren. Comp. Jacob's blessing (Genesis 49:8-10): "Judah, thou--thy brethren shall praise thee, Thy hand shall be on the neck of thy foes, Thy father's sons shall bow before thee. Sceptre shall not depart from Judah, Nor doom-staff from between his feet," &c. (See also Judges 1:1-2, where Judah is divinely commissioned to lead the attack upon the Canaanites.) At the census of Moses, Judah greatly outnumbered any other single tribe (Numbers 1:27).

And of him came the chief ruler.--"And from him (one was to become) prince." Literally, and for a prince--out of him. (Comp. Micah 5:1.) LXX., ??? ????????? ?? ?????. David is meant, as in 1Samuel 13:14. We may also remember the word of the apostolic writer: "It is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah" (Hebrews 7:4). The prophecy concerning the royal dignity of Judah is only thus exhausted of its meaning.

But the birthright was Joseph's, who actually received the "double portion" in the two tribal domains of Ephraim and Manasseh.

For Judah prevailed above his brethren,.... That is, the tribe of Judah prevailed above the rest in number, in valour, and courage, and in dignity; wherefore the genealogy is not reckoned according to birthright, but dignity and dominion; hence this genealogical account began with Judah:

because of him came the chief ruler; David and the kings of Judah, his successors; and above all, from him the Prince Messiah was to spring, and did, according to Genesis 49:10 so both the Syriac and Arabic versions read,"out of Judah should go forth the King Messiah:"

but the birthright was Joseph's or "though" (p) it was; yet Judah having the dominion and dignity, that tribe is first genealogized.

(p) Licet, ibid. (Tigurine version) 5:1-26 Genealogies. - This chapter gives some account of the two tribes and a half seated on the east side of Jordan. They were made captives by the king of Assyria, because they had forsaken the Lord. Only two things are here recorded concerning these tribes. 1. They all shared in a victory. Happy is that people who live in harmony together, who assist each other against the common enemies of their souls, trusting in the Lord, and calling upon him. 2. They shared in captivity. They would have the best land, not considering that it lay most exposed. The desire of earthly objects draws to a distance from God's ordinances, and prepares men for destruction.
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