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 Judges 4 - 5
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4:1-24 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

1 Then the R71 sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, after Ehud died. 2 And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin R72 king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; and the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-hagoyim. R73 3 The sons of Israel cried to the LORD; for he had nine hundred iron R74 chariots, and he oppressed the sons of Israel severely for twenty years.

4 Now Deborah, a prophetess, F44 the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. 5 She used to sit F45 under the palm R75 tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the sons of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6 Now she sent and summoned Barak R76 the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali, and said to him, "Behold, F46 the LORD, the God of Israel, has commanded, `Go and march to Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand men from the sons of Naphtali and from the sons of Zebulun. 7 `I will draw out to you Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his many F47 troops to the river Kishon, and I R77 will give him into your hand.' " 8 Then Barak said to her, "If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go." 9 She said, "I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the honor shall not be yours on the journey that you are about to take, for R78 the LORD will sell Sisera into the hands of a woman." Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.

10 Barak called Zebulun R79 and Naphtali together to Kedesh, and ten thousand men went up with R80 F48 him; Deborah also went up with him. 11 Now Heber the R81 Kenite had separated himself from the Kenites, from the sons of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had pitched his tent as far away as the oak F49 in Zaanannim, R82 which is near Kedesh. 12 Then they told Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor. 13 Sisera called together all his chariots, nine R83 hundred iron chariots, and all the people who were with him, from Harosheth-hagoyim R84 to the river Kishon. 14 Deborah said to Barak, "Arise! For this is the day in which the LORD has given Sisera into your hands; behold, F50 the R85 LORD has gone out before you." So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him. 15 The R86 LORD routed F51 Sisera and all his chariots and all his army with the edge of the sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from his chariot and fled away on foot. 16 But Barak pursued the chariots and the army as far as Harosheth-hagoyim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; not R87 even one was left.

17 Now 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. 18 Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him, "Turn aside, my master, turn aside to me! Do not be afraid." And he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug. F52 19 He R88 said to her, "Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty." So she opened a bottle F53 of milk and gave him a drink; then she covered him. 20 He said to her, "Stand in the doorway of the tent, and it shall be if anyone comes and inquires of you, and says, `Is there anyone here?' that you shall say, `No.' " 21 But Jael, Heber's wife, took R89 a tent peg and seized F54 a hammer in her hand, and went secretly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went through into the ground; for he was sound asleep and exhausted. So he died. 22 And behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him and said to him, "Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking." And he entered with F55 her, and behold Sisera was lying dead with the tent peg in his temple. 23 So God R90 subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the sons of Israel. 24 The hand of the sons of Israel pressed heavier and heavier upon Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed F56 Jabin the king of Canaan.

5:1-31 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

1 Then R91 Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying, 2 "That R92 the F57 leaders led in Israel, That the R93 people volunteered, Bless the LORD! 3 "Hear, O kings; give ear, O rulers! I--to R94 the LORD, I will sing, I will sing praise to the LORD, the God of Israel. 4 "LORD, when You went out from Seir, When You marched from the field of Edom, The R96 earth quaked, the heavens also dripped, Even the clouds dripped water. 5 "The R97 mountains quaked F58 at the presence of the LORD, This R98 Sinai, at the presence of the LORD, the God of Israel.

6 "In the days of Shamgar R99 the son of Anath, In the days of Jael, R100 the highways were F59 deserted, And travelers went F60 by roundabout F61 ways. 7 "The peasantry ceased, they ceased in Israel, Until I, Deborah, arose, Until I arose, a mother in Israel. 8 "New R101 gods were chosen; Then war was in the gates. Not a shield or a spear was seen Among forty thousand in Israel. 9 "My heart goes out to the R102 commanders of Israel, The volunteers among the people; Bless the LORD! 10 "You R103 who ride on white F62 donkeys, You who sit on rich carpets, And you who travel on the road--sing! F63 11 "At the sound of those who divide flocks among the R104 watering places, There they shall recount the R105 righteous deeds of the LORD, The righteous deeds for His peasantry F64 in Israel. Then the people of the LORD went down to R106 the gates.

12 "Awake, R107 awake, Deborah; Awake, awake, sing F65 a song! Arise, Barak, and take R108 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 in R109 Amalek came down, Following you, Benjamin, with your peoples; From Machir commanders came down, And from Zebulun those who wield the staff of office. F66 15 "And the princes F67 of Issachar were with Deborah; As was Issachar, so was Barak; Into the valley they rushed at R110 his heels; F68 Among the divisions of Reuben There were great resolves of heart. 16 "Why did you sit among the R111 sheepfolds, F69 To hear the piping for the flocks? Among the divisions of Reuben There were great searchings of heart. 17 "Gilead R112 remained F70 across the Jordan; And why did Dan stay in ships? Asher sat at the seashore, And remained F70 by its landings. 18 "Zebulun R113 was a people who despised their lives even to death, And Naphtali also, on the high places of the field. 19 "The R114 kings came and fought; Then fought the kings of Canaan At R115 Taanach near the waters of Megiddo; They R116 took no plunder in silver. 20 "The R117 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. O R118 my soul, march on with strength. 22 "Then R119 the horses' hoofs beat From the dashing, the dashing of his valiant F71 steeds. 23 `Curse Meroz,' said the angel of the LORD, `Utterly curse its inhabitants; Because R120 they did not come to the help of the LORD, To the help of the LORD against the warriors.'

24 "Most R121 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 dead. F72 28 "Out of the window she looked and lamented, The mother of Sisera through the lattice, F73 `Why does his chariot delay in coming? Why do the hoofbeats F74 of his chariots tarry?' 29 "Her wise princesses would answer her, Indeed she repeats her words to herself, 30 `Are R122 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 neck F75 of the spoiler?' 31 "Thus R123 let all Your enemies perish, O LORD; But R124 let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might." And the land was undisturbed for forty years.

F44 Lit woman prophetess
F45 Or live
F46 Or Has not...commanded...?
F47 Lit multitude
F48 Lit at his feet
F49 Or terebinth
F50 Or has not the LORD gone...?
F51 Lit confused
F52 Or blanket
F53 I.e. skin container
F54 Lit placed
F55 Lit to
F56 Lit cut off
F57 Or locks hung loose in
F58 Lit flowed
F59 Lit had ceased
F60 Lit walked
F61 Lit twisted
F62 Or tawny
F63 Or declare it
F64 Or rural dwellers
F65 Or utter
F66 Lit the scribe
F67 So with ancient versions; Heb My princes
F68 Lit feet
F69 Or saddlebags
F70 Or dwelt
F71 Lit mighty ones
F72 Lit devastated
F73 Or window
F74 Lit steps
F75 Lit necks of the spoil


R71 Judges 2:19
R72 Joshua 11:1,10
R73 Judges 4:13,16
R74 Judges 1:19
R75 Genesis 35:8
R76 Hebrews 11:32
R77 Psalms 83:9
R78 Judges 4:21
R79 Judges 5:18
R80 Judges 4:14; 5:15
R81 Judges 1:16
R82 Joshua 19:33
R83 Judges 4:3
R84 Judges 4:2
R85 Deuteronomy 9:3; 2 Samuel 5:24; Psalms 68:7
R86 Deuteronomy 7:23; Joshua 10:10
R87 Exodus 14:28; Psalms 83:9
R88 Judges 5:24-27
R89 Judges 5:26
R90 Nehemiah 9:24; Psalms 18:47
R91 Exodus 15:1
R92 Judges 5:9
R93 Psalms 110:3
R94 Psalms 27:6
R95 Deuteronomy 33:2; Psalms 68:7
R96 Psalms 68:8,9
R97 Exodus 19:18
R98 Psalms 68:8
R99 Judges 3:31
R100 Judges 4:17
R101 Deuteronomy 32:17
R102 Judges 5:2
R103 Judges 10:4; 12:14
R104 Genesis 24:11;
R105 1 Samuel 12:7; Micah 6:5
R106 Judges 5:8
R107 Psalms 57:8
R108 Psalms 68:18; Ephesians 4:8
R109 Judges 12:15
R110 Judges 4:10
R111 Numbers 32:1,2,24,36
R112 Joshua 22:9
R113 Judges 4:6,10
R114 Joshua 11:1-5; Judges 4:13
R115 Judges 1:27
R116 Judges 5:30
R117 Joshua 10:12-14
R118 Exodus 15:2; Psalms 44:5
R119 Job 39:19-25
R120 Judges 5:13
R121 Judges 4:19-21
R122 Exodus 15:9
R123 Psalms 68:2;
R124 Psalms 19:4-6; 89:36,37


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