The tribes Benjamin & Judah

In this post we will explore these tribes. Click the link below for a pdf on The rastfarian beliefs on the tribe of benjamin


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Below is a summary of the tribe of Benjamin in the bible.

Tribe of Benjamin


Question: “What should we learn from the tribe of Benjamin?”

Answer: In Genesis 49 the patriarch Jacob, sensing his impending death, gathers his sons to his bedside to bless them. Each son became the progenitor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Benjamin, as the youngest, receives his father’s blessing last: “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil” (Genesis 49:27). The warlike nature of the small tribe of Benjamin became well known, as exhibited in their swordsmen (Judges 20:15–161 Chronicles 8:4012:22 Chronicles 14:817:17) and in their ungodly defense of their extreme wickedness in Gibeah (Judges 19—20).

Benjamin’s blessing has three parts. Compared to a wolf, his blessing has two time frames, morning and evening; it has two actions, devouring and dividing; and two outcomes, prey and spoil. This sets up a type of “before and after” experience for Benjamin and his offspring.

Scripture shows that at least four great people came from Benjamin’s tribe, even though it was the smallest of the twelve tribes (1 Samuel 9:21). First, Ehud, a great warrior who delivered Israel from Moab (Judges 3:12–30). Next, Saul becomes the first king of Israel (1 Samuel 9:15–27). In later Jewish history, many Jews lived in Persia, God used Mordecai and Esther, from the tribe of Benjamin, to deliver the Jews from death (Esther 2:5–7). Finally, in the New Testament the apostle Paul affirms he, too, came from Benjamin. “I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin” (Romans 11:1). Paul repeats this affirmation in Philippians 3:4–5.

Yet Benjamin’s tribe had its dark side. Their warlike nature came out not only in defense of their country but also in depravity within their country. In Judges 19—21 Benjamin takes up an offence against the other eleven tribes of Israel, and civil war ensues. This period had the reputation of everyone doing what was right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25). What led to the civil war was the horrific abuse and death of an unnamed Levite’s concubine (Judges 19:10–28). The eleven tribes turned against the tribe of Benjamin and nearly annihilated them because of their refusal to give up the perpetrators (Judges 20:1—21:25). Eventually, the tribes restored Benjamin’s tribe, greatly diminished due to the war, and the country reunited.

In Jewish culture the day begins at evening. Here begins the “after” for Benjamin. Benjamin’s prophecy ends in the evening, the beginning of a new day, in which he will “divide the spoil.” This has two aspects. First, through the apostle Paul, who testifies, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15). In the apostle Paul Benjamin’s tribe had a citizen who served God mightily, as he says of himself, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith“ (2 Timothy 4:7).

But Benjamin’s “dividing of the spoil” has another fulfillment yet future. In Revelation 7:8, during the tribulation period, 12,000 men from Benjamin, along with 12,000 from each of the other tribes of Israel, will reach the world’s population with the gospel. The result will be a multitude of the saved “that no man could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands” (Revelation 7:9). The second dividing of the spoil for Benjamin comes in the millennial kingdom when they will have a place in the land of Israel, along with a gate that has their name on it in the city of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 48:32). They, along with the other tribes of Israel, will find the ultimate dividing of the spoils in the New Jerusalem as each gate has a name of one of the tribes, Benjamin included (Revelation 21:12–13). What a glorious finish! What grace is this!

Benjamin has great truths to teach. First, God doesn’t see as men see, for God looks on the heart. God saw a warrior inside of Benjamin. Outwardly, others saw him as the youngest son and his tribe as the smallest tribe. But God saw more, a man who would both devour and divide. The second lesson for us lies in the two Sauls who came from the tribe of Benjamin. King Saul, the epitome of the sin nature and its war against God, and Saul/Paul whose nature was changed by God from a murderous Pharisee to the apostle of grace. Paul is the example of what God does for those who come to Christ in faith.

Extract below from

Those that were numbered of them, evenof the tribe of Benjaminwere thirty and five thousand and four hundred.


Then the tribe of Benjamin: and the captain of the sons of Benjaminshall be Abidan the son of Gideoni.


and Abidan son of Gideoni was over the division of thetribe of Benjamin.

Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu.


The tribe of Benjamin, listed according to their families, included: From Bela, the family of the descendants of Bela; from Ashbel, the family of the descendants of Ashbel; from Ahiram, the family of the descendants of Ahiram;

Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chislon.


And the allotment of the tribe of Benjamin came up according to their families, and the border of their allotment fell between the descendants of Judah and the descendants of Joseph.

The Jordan forms its border on the eastern side. This [is] the inheritance of the tribe of Benjamin, its borders that surrounds [them], according to their families.


Now the cities of the tribe of Benjamin according to [their] families were: Jericho, Beth-hoglah, Emek-keziz,


Zelah, Haeleph, the Jebusite [city] — “that is, Jerusalem — “Gibeah, and Kiriath-[jearim]; fourteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the tribe of Benjamin according to their families.


And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites: and the children of Aaron the priest, which wereof the Levites, had by lot out of the tribe ofJudah, and out of the tribe of Simeon, and out of thetribe of Benjamin, thirteen cities.

And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with her suburbs, Geba with her suburbs,


Then the Israelites cried out to Jehovah. So he sent someone to free them. This was Ehud, a left-handed man, who was the son of Gera, from the tribe of Benjamin. The people of Israel sent Ehud to King Eglon of Moab with gifts for him.

They came from Ephraim to the valley. They were behind the tribe of Benjamin and its people. The commanders came down from Machir. The officers came down from Zebulun.

They passed by Jebus and continued on their way. It was sunset when they came to Gibeah in the territoryof the tribe of Benjamin.

An old man came by at the end of a day’s work on the farm. He was originally from the mountains ofEphraim, but he was now living in Gibeah. (The other people there were from the tribe of Benjamin.)

And the tribeof Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, What wickedness is this that is done among you?


But the Israeli army not counting the tribe of Benjaminnumbered 400,000 expert swordsmen, all of them battle-hardened soldiers.

and the army of Israel went out to fight the tribe of Benjamin, assembling in battle array against them at Gibeah.

and the tribe of Benjamin went to war against them from Gibeah during that second day, and 18,000 soldiers from the Israelis all of them expert swordsmen fell to the ground.

That’s how 18,000 men from the tribe of Benjamin fell in battle, all of whom were valiant soldiers.

To sum up, the soldiers from the tribe of Benjaminwho died that day totaled 25,000 men, all of them expert swordsmen and valiant soldiers.

They said: Jehovah God of Israel, why has this happened? Why is the tribe of Benjamin about to disappear from Israel?

But the Israelis were mourning for their relatives in thetribe of Benjamin. They announced, “One tribe has been eliminated from Israel today!

So the survivors of the tribe of Benjamin returned at that time, and the Israelis gave them the women whom they had kept alive from the raid on Jabesh-gilead. Even so, there weren’t enough for them.

The people felt sorry for the tribe of Benjaminbecause the LORD had broken one of the tribeofIsrael.

So the leaders said: There are no more women in thetribe of Benjamin. What shall we do to provide wives for the men who are left?

They continued, “Let’s make sure that there’s an inheritance for the survivors of the tribe of Benjamin, so that a tribe won’t be blotted out from Israel.

But we can’t give them wives from our own daughters, since we’ve taken this vow: “May the LORD curse anyone who gives his daughter as a wife to the tribe of Benjamin!'”

If their fathers or brothers come complaining to us, we’ll tell them “Be generous! Give them to us voluntarily, because we didn’t take anyone to be a wife for the men of the tribe of Benjamin as a result of the battle. And you haven’t incurred guilt by giving your daughters to them.'”

A man from the tribe of Benjamin ran all the way from the battlefield to Shiloh and arrived there the same day. To show his grief he had torn his clothes and put dirt on his head.

There was a wealthy and influential man named Kish. He was from the tribe of Benjamin. He was the son ofAbiel and grandson of Zeror. He belonged to the family of Becorath, a part of the clan of Aphiah.

And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, ofthe smallest of the tribeof Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?


And when Samuel had caused all the tribeof Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.


When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found.


Twelve of Ishbosheth’s men from the tribe of Benjamin got up to fight twelve of David’s men.

Meanwhile, other soldiers of David had killed 360 ofAbner’s men from the tribe of Benjamin.

Abner also addressed the tribe of Benjamin. Furthermore, with David’s permission, Abner said anything that seemed like it would be good for Israel and for the entire tribe of Benjamin.

And Saul’s son had two men, captains of bands, one named Baanah and the other Rechab, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the tribe of Benjamin; (for Beeroth was at one time taken to be part of Benjamin:


Shimei son of Gera from the tribe of Benjamin and the town of Bahurim, hurried down with the people ofJudah to meet King David.

Right about then, Bichri’s son Sheba, an ungodly man from the tribe of Benjamin, sounded a battle trumpet and announced: We’ve never been a part of David! We’ll never gain anything from Jesse’s son! It’s every man to his tent, Israel!

And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the houseof Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.


And out of the tribe of Benjamin; Geba with her suburbs, and Alemeth with her suburbs, and Anathoth with her suburbs. All their cities throughout their families were thirteen cities.


And they gave by lot out of the tribe of Judah, out ofthe tribe of Simeon, and out of the tribe of Benjaminthese cities that are mentioned by name.

All of them were expert archers who could shoot arrows or sling stones with their left hand as well as their right. They were all relatives of Saul from thetribe of Benjamin.

The tribe of Benjamin, relatives of Saul numbered 3,000, of whom most had remained allied to what remained of Saul’s dynasty.

Abiezer, a member of the tribe of Benjamin from Anathoth, was in charge of the ninth unit during the ninth month. In his unit there were twenty-four thousand.

for the half of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo, son ofZechariah for the tribe of Benjamin-Jaasiel, son ofAbner

In Susa the capital there was a Jewish man from thetribe of Benjamin, Jair’s son Mordecai, who was a descendant of Kish’s son Shimei the descendant ofBenjamin.

The following is a record of what Jeremiah son ofHilkiah prophesied. He was one of the priests who lived at Anathoth in the territory of the tribe of Benjamin.

Now it happened just as the Lord had said! My cousin Hanamel came to me in the courtyard of the guardhouse. He said to me, ‘Buy my field which is at Anathoth in the territory of the tribe of Benjamin. Buy it for yourself since you are entitled as my closest relative to take possession of it for yourself.’ When this happened, I recognized that the Lord had indeed spoken to me.

O Israel, you have [willfully] sinned from the days ofGibeah [when you all but wiped out the tribe of Benjamin]! There [Israel] stood [then, only] that the battle against the sons of unrighteousness might not overtake and turn against them at Gibeah [but now the kingdom of the ten tribes and the name of Ephraim shall be utterly blotted out].

And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.


I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, ofthe tribe of Benjamin.


Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, ofthe tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;


Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand.Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand.Of the tribe of Benjaminwere sealed twelve thousand.


Non-Exact Match

The genealogies of Benjamin‘s descendants were recorded individually, according to their tribes and ancestral houses, as were the names of all the men 20 years and above who could serve in the army.

The boundary extended from there, and turning about on the western side southward from the mountain that lies to the south opposite Beth-horon, it ended at Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim), a city of the tribeof Judah. This formed the western side [of Benjamin‘s territory].

The Ammonites crossed the Jordan to fight the tribesof Judah, Benjamin, and Ephraim. Israel was greatly distressed.

And we will take ten men of an hundred throughout all the tribeof Israel, and an hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victual for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeahof Benjamin, according to all the folly that they have wrought in Israel.

Give this message to Rehoboam and to all the peopleof the tribeof Judah and Benjamin:

Some from the tribeof Judah, Benjamin, and Ephraim and Manasseh settled in Jerusalem.

Because Joab disapproved of the king’s command, he did not take any census of the tribeof Levi andBenjamin.

And when Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled of the house of Judah and Benjamin180,000 chosen warriors to fight against [the ten rebellious tribeof] Israel to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.

Then he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, as well as those from [the tribeof] Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who had settled among them, for they had defected to him from Israel in great numbers when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.

They came to the chief priest Hilkiah and gave him the money that had been brought into God’s Temple. It was the money that the Levite doorkeepers had collected from the tribeof Manasseh and Ephraim, from all who were left in Israel, from everyone in thetribeof Judah and Benjamin, and from the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

The heads of the clans of the tribeof Judah andBenjamin, the priests and Levites, and everyone else whose heart God had moved got ready to go and rebuild Jehovah’s Temple in Jerusalem.

As for the rest of the tribes, from the east side unto the west side, Benjaminshall have a portion.

elated Words




Judah, one of the 12 tribes of Israel, descended from Judah, who was the fourth son born to Jacob and his first wife, Leah. It is disputed whether the name Judah was originally that of the tribe or the territory it occupied and which was transposed from which.

Question: “What should we learn from the tribe of Judah?”
Each of the twelve sons of Israel received a blessing from their father, Jacob, just before Jacob’s death. The twelve sons were the progenitors of the twelve tribes of Israel, and the blessing contained prophetic information about the future of each tribe. In the case of the tribe of Judah, Jacob prophesied, “Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you. You are a lion’s cub, O Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him? The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his. He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes. His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk” (Genesis 49:8–12).

Each part of Jacob’s prophecy for the tribe of Judah reveals something about the people of that tribe, their history, and the spiritual application we can draw from it. In verse 8, Jacob prophesies that Judah’s brothers would praise him. Judah’s name signifies praise and was given him by his mother, her heart being filled with praises to God for him (Genesis 29:35). The strength and power of the tribe is also foretold in verse 8. Verse 9 uses the imagery of both a lion and the lion’s cub to portray the tribe of Judah. Judah was comparable to a young lion for his strength, courage, and vitality and to a mature lion in that the line of Judah contained those of national prominence and kingship, including David and Solomon.

The scepter not departing from Judah until “he comes to whom it belongs” is a Messianic prophecy. The name “Shiloh” appears in this verse in several translations, a word that refers to the Messiah. Commentators differ on the exact meaning of this somewhat obscure passage, but all agree that He who comes to obtain the obedience of the nations can be none other than Christ. The rest of the passage, verses 11–12, refers to the great abundance of riches that would belong to the tribe of Judah. So wealthy and blessed would they be that they would be able to tie a donkey to the choicest grapevine and allow him to eat his fill, an indication of the abundance that would belong to Judah.

The second application of verses 11–12, and the one that pertains to Christians today, is the abundance of spiritual riches available to us in Christ, the great quantity of spiritual blessings flowing from the love of God, which come to us through Christ, which are comparable to wine and milk. The riches include His word and His statutes and Christ Himself, the Bread of Life. These may also be applied to Christ and to His human nature, which was like a garment dipped in blood through His sufferings and death. Isaiah 63:1–3 contains this same imagery. It can also refer to His church and His people whose garments are washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:13–14).


Genesis 49:9-10

“Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up He couches, he lies down as a lion, And as a lion, who dares rouse him up? “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

Revelation 5:5

and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”

Revelation 5:2-4

And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it;

2 Samuel 7:12-16

“When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. “I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men, read more.

Isaiah 11:1-10

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear; read more.

Matthew 1:1

The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Revelation 11:15-19

Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. read more.


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