Judges 5

The Song of Deborah and Barak

1 aThen sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day:

2 “That the leaders took the lead in Israel,
that bthe 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, cwhen you went out from Seir,
when you marched from the region of Edom,
dthe earth trembled
and the heavens dropped,
yes, the clouds dropped water.
5The mountains equaked before the  Lord,
feven Sinai before the  Lord, the God of Israel.
6 “In the days of gShamgar, son of Anath,
in the days of hJael, ithe 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.
8 jWhen new gods were chosen,
then war was in the gates.
kWas shield or spear to be seen
among forty thousand in Israel?
9My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel
who loffered themselves willingly among the people.
Bless the  Lord.
10 “Tell of it, myou who ride on white donkeys,
you who sit on rich carpets
The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain; it may connote saddle blankets

and you who walk by the way.
11To the sound of musicians
Or 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 pAwake, awake, Deborah!
Awake, awake, break out in a song!
Arise, Barak, qlead 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 rEphraim their root sthey marched down into the valley
Septuagint; Hebrew in Amalek

following you, Benjamin, with your kinsmen;
from uMachir marched down the commanders,
and from Zebulun those who bear the lieutenant’s
Hebrew commander’s
staff;
15the princes of Issachar came with Deborah,
and Issachar faithful to wBarak;
into the valley they rushed at his heels.
Among the clans of Reuben
there were great searchings of heart.
16Why did you sit still xamong the sheepfolds,
to hear the whistling for the flocks?
Among the clans of Reuben
there were great searchings of heart.
17 yGilead stayed beyond the Jordan;
zand Dan, why did he stay with the ships?
aaAsher sat still abat the coast of the sea,
staying by his landings.
18 acZebulun is a people who risked their lives to the death;
adNaphtali, too, on the heights of the field.
19 “The kings came, they fought;
then fought the kings of Canaan,
at aeTaanach, by the waters of afMegiddo;
agthey got no spoils of silver.
20 ahFrom heaven the stars fought,
from their courses they fought against Sisera.
21 aiThe torrent Kishon swept them away,
the ancient torrent, the torrent Kishon.
March on, my soul, with might!
22 Then loud beat the horseshoofs
with the galloping, galloping of his steeds.
23 Curse Meroz, says the angel of the  Lord,
curse its inhabitants thoroughly,
ajbecause 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 akJael,
the wife of Heber the Kenite,
of tent-dwelling women most blessed.
25 alHe asked for water and she gave him milk;
she brought him curds in a noble’s bowl.
26 amShe sent her hand to the tent peg
and her right hand to the workmen’s mallet;
she struck Sisera;
she crushed his head;
she shattered and pierced his temple.
27Between her feet
he sank, he fell, he lay still;
between her feet
he sank, he fell;
where he sank,
there he felldead.
28 anOut of the window she peered,
the mother of Sisera wailed through aothe 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 apdivided 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 aqSo may all your enemies perish, O  Lord!
But your friends be arlike the sun asas he rises in his might.”

atAnd the land had rest for forty years.

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