Israel: Judah introduced to lead to the royal race of David
At length, in the second
chapter, we find Israel, all of whose sons were more or
less under the care of God who had loved Jacob.
Judah is then introduced
to lead us to the royal race of David, the object also of
the promises according to the election of God.
Besides this, we find a
picture of the prosperity of Judah's family in general,
and that of Caleb's family in particular, who was
faithful to God in his generation. God has preserved the
memorial of it in this place . Thus also the way in which the land was
peopled and its internal history are vividly presented to
 It is well to
remark here, that in all these genealogies, when a family
has been established in a place, the name of the place is
often used for that of the family; that the descendants,
through several generations, are named together as
children of the head of the race (compare chap. 4: 1 with
the commencement of chap 2); and that, without having
been named before, the eminent man of a family is taken
to begin a genealogy anew (chap. 8: 29, 33).