Judah

Judah — Praised

The entrance of the candidate was symbolized by the tribe of Judah, because they were the first to cross the Jordan and enter the promised land, coming out of the darkness and servitude of the wilderness, as it were, into the light and liberty of Canaan. Judah was the fourth son of Jacob, and the fourth point of the ancient English lectures. The device on the banner of his tribe was a lion. — ( Genesis 49:8-12 )


Biblical Reference

Genesis 49: 8-12

8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee.
9 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:
12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.


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