1 Now the sons of Issachar were, Tola, and Puah, Jashub, and Shimron, four.

Issachar - yissoshkharn

The 9th‭ ‬son born to Jacob,‭ ‬the 5th by his wife Leah‭ (‬Gen‭ ‬30:17‭-‬18‭)‬.

Leah gave birth to‭ ‬Issachar after trading mandrakes (love plants Song 7: 13) for a night with Jacob‭; ‬Gen‭ ‬30:14‭-‬18‭)‬.‭ ‬Like‭ ‬the names for her preceding four‭ ‬sons,‭ ‬the explanation Leah gives for‭ ‬the name‭ ‬Issachar reflects her anquished relationship with Jacob.‭ ‬Leah's interpretation plays on‭ ‬the Hebrew word meaning‭ "‬to hire‭".

And Leah said,‭ ‬God hath given me my hire,‭ ‬because I have given my maiden to my husband:‭ ‬and she called his name‭ ‬Issachar - Gen 30: 18.

Jacob's blessing to Issachar appears to indicate he was a sturdy, hard laboring man in the field being. The recompense of fruitfulness of the fertile land of his inheritance encouraged him in his toil.

Issachar is a strong ass Couching down between two burdens:And he saw that rest was good, And the land that it was pleasant; And bowed his shoulder to bear,And became a servant unto tribute. Gen 49: 28, 14,15.

And‭ ‬the fourth lot came out to‭ ‬Issachar,‭ ‬for‭ ‬the children‭ ‬of‭ ‬Issachar according to their families

The allotment of land being Issachar's inheritance in the land of Canann comprised

..sixteen cities with their villages - Jsh 19: 17-23.


During‭ ‬the period‭ ‬of‭ ‬the judges,‭ ‬Issachar took part in Deborah and Barak's victory over Sisera‭ (‬Judg‭ ‬5:15‭)‬.‭ ‬Later,‭ ‬Tola,‭ ‬a son‭ ‬of‭ ‬Issachar,‭ ‬served as a judge‭ (‬Judg‭ ‬10:1‭-‬2‭)‬.

During the divided kingdom, two kings of Israel, Baasha and his son Elah, neither of them any good, came from Issachar (1 Kgs 15:27-16:14). Baasha reigned a turbulent 24 years warring with Judah and causing Israel to sin after the manner of Jeroboam. Therefore Yahweh pronounced the sentence...

I will take away the posterity of Baasha,‭ ‬and the posterity of his house‭; ‬and will make thy house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.‭

Issachar was among‭ ‬the northern tribes in‭ ‬the divided kingdom taken captive when‭ ‬the northern kingdom fell.‭

‭In the foundations of the holy city (Rev 21: 20) Issachar the 9th tribe (Rev 7: 7) is represented "for glory and for beauty" by the precious topaz stone.