When we hear the word judge, we mostly think of judicial, legal verdicts and immanent penalty. Although this is certainly the case, the Bible has a more general broader estimation of judges.
In life we are all judges. We make regular judgements concerning the friends we choose, the right partners we marry or go in business with, the judication process of appointing new staff, forming political opinions, the purchases or investments me make, the beliefs we base our life on. Life is a series of judgements, decisions, conclusions based either on facts, or gut-feeling, group-pressure, impulse, emotion or research. We all seek the truth! We all seek the right judgement of our life. (Gen 16:5; 18:25) Most of all, in relational conflict we deeply desire someone who could judge and reconcile the feud.