Deborah and Barak
4And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord after Ehud died. 2And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-hagoyim. 3Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, for he had 900 chariots of iron and he oppressed the people of Israel cruelly for twenty years.
4Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. 5She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6She sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali and said to him, "Has not the Lord, the God of Israel, commanded you, 'Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking 10,000 from the people of Naphtali and the people of Zebulun. 7And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin's army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops, and I will give him into your hand'?" 8Barak said to her, "If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go." 9And she said, "I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman." Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh. 10And Barak called out Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh. And 10,000 men went up at his heels, and Deborah went up with him.
11Now Heber the Kenite had separated from the Kenites, the descendants of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had pitched his tent as far away as the oak in Zaanannim, which is near Kedesh.
12When Sisera was told that Barak the son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor, 13Sisera called out all his chariots, 900 chariots of iron, and all the men who were with him, from Harosheth-hagoyim to the river Kishon. 14And Deborah said to Barak, "Up! For this is the day in which the Lord has given Sisera into your hand. Does not the Lord go out before you?" So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with 10,000 men following him. 15And the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army before Barak by the edge of the sword. And Sisera got down from his chariot and fled away on foot. 16And Barak pursued the chariots and the army to Harosheth-hagoyim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; not a man was left.
17But Sisera fled away on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. 18And Jael came out to meet Sisera and said to him, "Turn aside, my lord; turn aside to me; do not be afraid." So he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug. 19And he said to her, "Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty." So she opened a skin of milk and gave him a drink and covered him. 20And he said to her, "Stand at the opening of the tent, and if any man comes and asks you, 'Is anyone here?' say, 'No.'" 21But Jael the wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand. Then she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground while he was lying fast asleep from weariness. So he died. 22And behold, as Barak was pursuing Sisera, Jael went out to meet him and said to him, "Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking." So he went in to her tent, and there lay Sisera dead, with the tent peg in his temple.
23So on that day God subdued Jabin the king of Canaan before the people of Israel. 24And the hand of the people of Israel pressed harder and harder against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.
The Song of Deborah and Barak
5Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day:
2"That the leaders took the lead in Israel,that the people offered themselves willingly,bless the Lord!
3"Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes;to the Lord I will sing;I will make melody to the Lord, the God of Israel.
4"Lord, when you went out from Seir,when you marched from the region of Edom,the earth trembledand the heavens dropped,yes, the clouds dropped water. 5The mountains quaked before the Lord,even Sinai before the Lord, the God of Israel.
6"In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath,in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned,and travelers kept to the byways. 7The villagers ceased in Israel;they ceased to be until I arose;I, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel. 8When new gods were chosen,then war was in the gates.Was shield or spear to be seenamong forty thousand in Israel? 9My heart goes out to the commanders of Israelwho offered themselves willingly among the people.Bless the Lord.
10"Tell of it, you who ride on white donkeys,you who sit on rich carpetsThe meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain; it may connote saddle blanketsand you who walk by the way. 11To the sound of musiciansOr archers; the meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain at the watering places,there they repeat the righteous triumphs of the Lord,the righteous triumphs of his villagers in Israel.
"Then down to the gates marched the people of the Lord.
12"Awake, awake, Deborah!Awake, awake, break out in a song!Arise, Barak, lead away your captives,O son of Abinoam. 13Then down marched the remnant of the noble;the people of the Lord marched down for me against the mighty. 14From Ephraim their root they marched down into the valley,Septuagint; Hebrew in Amalekfollowing you, Benjamin, with your kinsmen;from Machir marched down the commanders,and from Zebulun those who bear the lieutenant'sHebrew commander's staff; 15the princes of Issachar came with Deborah,and Issachar faithful to Barak;into the valley they rushed at his heels.Among the clans of Reubenthere were great searchings of heart. 16Why did you sit still among the sheepfolds,to hear the whistling for the flocks?Among the clans of Reubenthere were great searchings of heart. 17Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan;and Dan, why did he stay with the ships?Asher sat still at the coast of the sea,staying by his landings. 18Zebulun is a people who risked their lives to the death;Naphtali, too, on the heights of the field.
19"The kings came, they fought;then fought the kings of Canaan,at Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo;they got no spoils of silver. 20From heaven the stars fought,from their courses they fought against Sisera. 21The torrent Kishon swept them away,the ancient torrent, the torrent Kishon.March on, my soul, with might!
22"Then loud beat the horses' hoofswith the galloping, galloping of his steeds.
23"Curse Meroz, says the angel of the Lord,curse its inhabitants thoroughly,because they did not come to the help of the Lord,to the help of the Lord against the mighty.
24"Most blessed of women be Jael,the wife of Heber the Kenite,of tent-dwelling women most blessed. 25He asked water and she gave him milk;she brought him curds in a noble's bowl. 26She sent her hand to the tent pegand her right hand to the workmen's mallet;she struck Sisera;she crushed his head;she shattered and pierced his temple. 27Between her feethe sank, he fell, he lay still;between her feethe sank, he fell;where he sank,there he fell--dead.
28"Out of the window she peered,the mother of Sisera wailed through the lattice:'Why is his chariot so long in coming?Why tarry the hoofbeats of his chariots?' 29Her wisest princesses answer,indeed, she answers herself, 30'Have they not found and divided the spoil?--A womb or two for every man;spoil of dyed materials for Sisera,spoil of dyed materials embroidered,two pieces of dyed work embroidered for the neck as spoil?'
31"So may all your enemies perish, O Lord!But your friends be like the sun as he rises in his might."
And the land had rest for forty years.
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