Judah was fourthborn of the sons of Jacob. He was born to Leah and Jacob. Judah means “Praise”. He was so named by his mother who expressed that with his birth, she would now praise the Lord.
Points to ponder:
Leah yearned to be loved by her husband as is evident in the naming of her previous sons. Now with the birth of her fourth son, she recognized that it was not here husband but the Lord God whom she should be grateful for.
Who are you trying to please? Who are you seeking the praises from? Who are you praising? Praise the Lord God and no one else. Seek not the praises of men, but seek the Lord God and praise him for he is praiseworthy.
Genesis 29:35 (KJV)
35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the Lord: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.