Yehudah heard the “blessings” received by his brothers and was afraid that he, too, would be scolded. So he stepped back.
“Yehudah, come closer. You have nothing to fear,” Yaakov assured him. “I am so proud of you. Your descendants will become great kings such as King Dovid and King Shlomo. Indeed, even King Mashiach will come from your line. You are strong like a lion – the king of the jungle – and you have proven yourself to be a fearless leader. Yes, it took great courage on your part to stand up to the ruler of Egypt and offer yourself as a slave instead of your brother, Binyamin.”