Judges 5

The Song of Deborah and Barak

a Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying, b “That
Or locks hung loose in
the leaders led in Israel,
That d the people volunteered,
Bless the  Lord!
Hear, O kings; give ear, O rulers!
e I— to the  Lord, I will sing,
I will sing praise to the  Lord, the God of Israel.
f  Lord, when You went out from Seir,
When You marched from the field of Edom,
g The earth quaked, the heavens also dripped,
Even the clouds dripped water.
h The mountains
Lit flowed
quaked at the presence of the  Lord,
j This Sinai, at the presence of the  Lord, the God of Israel.

In the days of k Shamgar the son of Anath,
In the days of l Jael, the highways
Lit had ceased
were deserted,
And travelers
Lit walked
went by
Lit twisted
roundabout ways.
The peasantry ceased, they ceased in Israel,
Until I, Deborah, arose,
Until I arose, a mother in Israel.
p New gods were chosen;
Then war was in the gates.
Not a shield or a spear was seen
Among forty thousand in Israel.
My heart goes out to q the commanders of Israel,
The volunteers among the people;
Bless the  Lord!
10  r You who ride on
Or tawny
white donkeys,
You who sit on rich carpets,
And you who travel on the road
Or declare it
sing!
11 At the sound of those who divide flocks among u the watering places,
There they shall recount v the righteous deeds of the  Lord,
The righteous deeds for His
Or rural dwellers
peasantry in Israel.
Then the people of the  Lord went down x to the gates.

12  y Awake, awake, Deborah;
Awake, awake
Or utter
sing a song!
Arise, Barak, and aa take away your captives, O son of Abinoam.
13 Then survivors came down to the nobles;
The people of the  Lord came down to me as warriors.
14 From Ephraim those whose root is ab in Amalek came down,
Following you, Benjamin, with your peoples;
From Machir commanders came down,
And from Zebulun those who wield the staff of
Lit the scribe
office.
15 “And the
So with ancient versions; Heb My princes
princes of Issachar were with Deborah;
As was Issachar, so was Barak;
Into the valley they rushed ae at his
Lit feet
heels;
Among the divisions of Reuben
There were great resolves of heart.
16 Why did you sit among ag the
Or saddlebags
sheepfolds,
To hear the piping for the flocks?
Among the divisions of Reuben
There were great searchings of heart.
17  ai Gilead
Or dwelt
remained across the Jordan;
And why did Dan stay in ships?
Asher sat at the seashore,
And
Or dwelt
remained by its landings.
18  al Zebulun was a people who despised their lives even to death,
And Naphtali also, on the high places of the field.

19  am The kings came and fought;
Then fought the kings of Canaan
an At Taanach near the waters of Megiddo;
ao They took no plunder in silver.
20  ap The stars fought from heaven,
From their courses they fought against Sisera.
21 The torrent of Kishon swept them away,
The ancient torrent, the torrent Kishon.
aq O my soul, march on with strength.
22  ar Then the horses’ hoofs beat
From the dashing, the dashing of his
Lit mighty ones
valiant steeds.
23 Curse Meroz,’ said the angel of the  Lord,
Utterly curse its inhabitants;
at Because they did not come to the help of the  Lord,
To the help of the  Lord against the warriors.’

24  au Most blessed of women is Jael,
The wife of Heber the Kenite;
Most blessed is she of women in the tent.
25 He asked for water and she gave him milk;
In a magnificent bowl she brought him curds.
26 She reached out her hand for the tent peg,
And her right hand for the workmen’s hammer.
Then she struck Sisera, she smashed his head;
And she shattered and pierced his temple.
27 Between her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay;
Between her feet he bowed, he fell;
Where he bowed, there he fell
Lit devastated
dead.

28 Out of the window she looked and lamented,
The mother of Sisera through the
Or window
lattice,
Why does his chariot delay in coming?
Why do the
Lit steps
hoofbeats of his chariots tarry?’
29 Her wise princesses would answer her,
Indeed she repeats her words to herself,
30 ay Are they not finding, are they not dividing the spoil?
A maiden, two maidens for every warrior;
To Sisera a spoil of dyed work,
A spoil of dyed work embroidered,
Dyed work of double embroidery on the
Lit necks of the spoil
neck of the spoiler?’
31  ba Thus let all Your enemies perish, O  Lord;
bb But let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might.”
And the land was undisturbed for forty years.

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