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1 Chronicles 5:2

2 and though Judah was the strongest of his brothers and a ruler came from him, the rights of the firstborn belonged to Joseph)—

Read 1 Chronicles 5:2 Using Other Translations

For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's:)
though Judah became strong among his brothers and a chief came from him, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph),
The descendants of Judah became the most powerful tribe and provided a ruler for the nation, but the birthright belonged to Joseph.

What does 1 Chronicles 5:2 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Chronicles 5:2

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" F16 it was; yet Judah having the dominion and dignity, that tribe is first genealogized.


F16 Licet, ibid. (Tigurine version)
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