Judges 4

CHAPTER 4

Deborah and Barak Judge Israel

And [4proceeded 1the 2sons 3of Israel] to act wickedly before the  lord; and Ehud died. And [2delivered 3them 1the  lord] into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; and the ruler of his force was Sisera, and he dwelt in Harosheth of the nations. And [4cried out 1the 2sons 3of Israel] to the  lord, because nine hundred chariots of iron were his. And he afflicted Israel by might for twenty years. And Deborah, a woman prophetess, wife of Lapidoth -- she judged Israel in that time. And she sat down under the palm of Deborah, between Rama and between Beth-el, in mount Ephraim; and [4ascended 5to 6her 1the 2sons 3of Israel] there to be judged. And Deborah sent and called Barak son of Abinoam from out of Kedesh Naphtali. And she said to him, Did not [4give charge 1the  lord 2God 3of Israel] to you, that, You shall go forth unto mount Tabor, and you shall take with yourself ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali, and of the sons of Zebulun? And I shall bring to you at the rushing stream Kishon Sisera ruler of the force of Jabin, and his chariots, and his multitude; and I will deliver him into your hand. And [2said 3to 4her 1Barak], If you should go with me, I will go; and if you should not go, will I not go. And [2said 3to 4him 1Deborah], In going I will go with you. Except know that [3will not be 1the 2honor] yours in the way which you go; for by the hand of a woman the  lord will deliver up Sisera. And Deborah rose up and went with Barak from out of Kedesh. 10 And Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh. And ascended by his feet ten thousand men; and Deborah ascended with him. 11 And the near ones of the Kenite were separated from Kena, from the sons of Hobab father-in-law of Moses. And he pitched his tent by Oak of the ones Resting, which is next to Kedesh. 12 And it was announced to Sisera that [4ascended 1Barak 2son 3of Abinoam] unto mount Tabor. 13 And Sisera called all his chariots -- nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people with him, from Harosheth of the nations unto the rushing stream Kishon. 14 And Deborah said to Barak, Rise up! for this is the day in which the  lord delivers Sisera into your hand. Behold is not the  lord gone in front of you? And Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men behind him. 15 And the  lord startled Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his camp, by the mouth of the broadsword before Barak. And Sisera came down from on top of his chariot, and he fled by his feet. 16 And Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the camp unto Oak of the Nations. And [4fell 1all 2the camp 3of Sisera] by the mouth of the broadsword; there was not left behind even one. 17 And Sisera withdrew by his feet to the tent of Jael wife of Heber the Kenite; for there was peace between Jabin king of Hazor and between the house of Heber the Kenite. 18 And Jael came forth for a meeting with Sisera, and she said to him, Turn aside, O my master, turn aside to me, do not fear! And he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with her hide covering. 19 And Sisera said to her, Give a drink please to me, a little water! for I am thirsty. And she opened the leather bag of the milk, and she gave him to drink, and she covered his person. 20 And he said to her, Stand in the door of the tent! And it will be if a man should come to you, and should ask you, and should say to you, Is [2here 1a man]? That you shall say, There is not.

Jael Kills Sisera

21 And [4took 1Jael 2the wife 3of Heber] the peg of the tent, and put the hammer in her hand, and she entered to him tranquilly, and she hammered in the peg into his cheek, and thrust it through into the ground. And he being startled was enveloped in darkness and died. 22 And, behold, Barak was pursuing Sisera. And Jael came forth for meeting him, and she said to him, Come, and I will show to you the man whom you seek. And he entered with her. And behold, there was Sisera having fallen dead, and the peg in his temple. 23 And [2abased 1God] in that day Jabin king of Canaan in front of the sons of Israel. 24 And [5went forth 1the hand 2of the 3sons 4of Israel] going, and hardening against Jabin king of Canaan, until of which time they utterly destroyed him.
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