Judges 51Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying,
2"Because the leaders took the lead in Israel,
because the people offered themselves willingly,
be blessed, Lord!
3"Hear, you kings!
Give ear, you princes!
I, even I, will sing to the Lord.
I will sing praise to the Lord, the God of Israel.
4" Lord, when you went forth out of Seir,
when you marched out of the field of Edom,
the earth trembled, the sky also dropped.
Yes, the clouds dropped water.
5The mountains quaked at the presence of the Lord,
even Sinai, at the presence of the Lord, the God of Israel.
6"In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath,
in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied.
The travelers walked through byways.
7The rulers ceased in Israel.
They ceased until I, Deborah, arose;
Until I arose a mother in Israel.
8They chose new gods.
Then war was in the gates.
Was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
9My heart is toward the leaders of Israel,
who offered themselves willingly among the people.
Bless the Lord!
10"Speak, you who ride on white donkeys,
you who sit on rich carpets,
and you who walk by the way.
11Far from the noise of archers, in the places of drawing water,
there they will rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord,
the righteous acts of his rule in Israel.
"Then the people of the Lord went down to the gates.
12'Awake, awake, Deborah!
Awake, awake, utter a song!
Arise, Barak, and lead away your captives, you son of Abinoam.'
13"Then a remnant of the nobles and the people came down.
The Lord came down for me against the warriors.
14Those whose root is in Amalek came out of Ephraim,
after you, Benjamin, among your peoples; out of Machir leaders came down, and out of Zebulun those that handle the staff of office.
15And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah.
As was Issachar, so was Barak.
They rushed into the valley at his feet.
By the watercourses of Reuben,
there were great resolves of heart.
16Why did you sit among the sheepfolds,
to hear the whistling for the flocks?
At the watercourses of Reuben
There were great searchings of heart.
17Gilead lived beyond the Jordan.
Why did Dan remain in ships?
Asher sat still at the haven of the sea,
and lived by his harbors.
18Zebulun was a people that risked their lives even to death;
Naphtali also, on the high places of the field.
19The kings came and fought,
then the kings of Canaan fought at Taanach by the waters of Megiddo.
They took no plunder of silver.
20From the sky the stars fought.
From their courses, they fought against Sisera.
21The river Kishon swept them away,
that ancient river, the river Kishon.
My soul, march on with strength.
22Then the horse hoofs stamped because of the prancings,
the prancings of their strong ones.
23Curse Meroz, said the angel of the Lord.
Curse bitterly its inhabitants,
because they did not come to help the Lord,
to help the Lord against the mighty.
24Jael shall be blessed above women,
the wife of Heber the Kenite;
blessed shall she be above women in the tent.
25He asked for water.
She gave him milk.
She brought him butter in a princely bowl.
26She put her hand to the tent peg,
and her right hand to the workmen's hammer.
With the hammer she struck Sisera.
She struck through his head.
Yes, she pierced and struck through his temple.
27At her feet he collapsed, he fell, he lay.
At her feet he collapsed, he fell.
Where he collapsed, there he fell down dead.
28Through the window she looked out, and cried:
Sisera's mother looked through the lattice.
Why is his chariot so long in coming?
Why are the hoofbeats of his chariots delayed?
29Her wise ladies answered her;
indeed, she answers herself,
30'Have they not found, have they not divided the spoil?
A lady, two ladies to every man;
to Sisera a spoil of dyed garments,
A spoil of dyed garments embroidered,
Of dyed garments embroidered on both sides, for the neck of the plunderer?'
31"So let all your enemies perish, Lord,
but let those who love him be as the sun when it rises forth in its strength."
And the land had rest forty years.
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