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. 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? 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. 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: His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
Judah would be praised and respected by his brothers because of his victories over his enemies. He is likened to a lion that goes forth to capture prey and then receives a well deserved rest that no one dares to disturb. He inherited the birthright with regard to government. His rulership would continue till the Messiah comes and then, in Him, it would remain forever.