Bible: Judges 4-5
Deborah Summons Barak
4:1 The Israelites again did evil in the
4:4 Now Deborah, a prophetess, 8 wife of Lappidoth, was 9 leading 10 Israel at that time. 4:5 She would sit 11 under the Date Palm Tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel 12 in the Ephraimite hill country. The Israelites would come up to her to have their disputes settled. 13
4:6 She summoned 14 Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali. She said to him, “Is it not true that the
4:12 When Sisera heard 22 that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor, 4:13 he 23 ordered 24 all his chariotry – nine hundred chariots with iron-rimmed wheels – and all the troops he had with him to go from Harosheth-Haggoyim to the River Kishon. 4:14 Deborah said to Barak, “Spring into action, 25 for this is the day the
4:17 Now Sisera ran away on foot to the tent of Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite, for King Jabin of Hazor 33 and the family of Heber the Kenite had made a peace treaty. 34 4:18 Jael came out to welcome Sisera. She said to him, “Stop and rest, 35 my lord. Stop and rest with me. Don’t be afraid.” So Sisera 36 stopped to rest in her tent, and she put a blanket over him. 4:19 He said to her, “Give me a little water to drink, because I’m thirsty.” She opened a goatskin container of milk and gave him some milk to drink. Then she covered him up again. 4:20 He said to her, “Stand watch at the entrance to the tent. If anyone comes along and asks you, ‘Is there a man here?’ say ‘No.’” 4:21 Then Jael wife of Heber took a tent peg in one hand and a hammer in the other. 37 She crept up on him, drove the tent peg through his temple into the ground 38 while he was asleep from exhaustion, 39 and he died. 4:22 Now Barak was chasing Sisera. Jael went out to welcome him. She said to him, “Come here and I will show you the man you are searching for.” He went with her into the tent, 40 and there he saw Sisera sprawled out dead 41 with the tent peg in his temple.
Celebrating the Victory in Song
5:1 On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this victory song: 45
5:2 “When the leaders took the lead 46 in Israel,
When the people answered the call to war –
5:3 Hear, O kings!
Pay attention, O rulers!
I will sing to the
I will sing 48 to the
when you marched from Edom’s plains,
the earth shook, the heavens poured down,
the clouds poured down rain. 50
5:6 In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,
travelers 55 had to go on winding side roads.
they were scarce in Israel,
until you 58 arose, Deborah,
until you arose as a motherly protector 59 in Israel.
5:8 God chose new leaders, 60
then fighters appeared in the city gates; 61
but, I swear, not a shield or spear could be found, 62
among forty military units 63 in Israel.
5:9 My heart went out 64 to Israel’s leaders,
to the people who answered the call to war.
5:10 You who ride on light-colored female donkeys,
who sit on saddle blankets, 65
you who walk on the road, pay attention!
there they tell of 68 the Lord’s victorious deeds,
the victorious deeds of his warriors 69 in Israel.
5:12 Wake up, wake up, Deborah!
Wake up, wake up, sing a song!
Get up, Barak!
Capture your prisoners of war, 70 son of Abinoam!
5:14 They came from Ephraim, who uprooted Amalek, 76
they follow 77 after you, Benjamin, with your soldiers.
From Makir leaders came down,
5:15 Issachar’s leaders were with Deborah,
into the valley they were sent under Barak’s command. 82
5:16 Why do you remain among the sheepfolds, 85
As for the clans of Reuben – there was intense searching of heart.
5:17 Gilead stayed put 88 beyond the Jordan River.
As for Dan – why did he seek temporary employment in the shipyards? 89
Asher remained 90 on the seacoast,
5:18 The men of Zebulun were not concerned about their lives; 93
Naphtali charged on to the battlefields. 94
5:19 Kings came, they fought;
the kings of Canaan fought,
at Taanach by the waters of Megiddo, 95
but 96 they took no silver as plunder.
from their paths in the heavens 99 they fought against Sisera.
5:21 The Kishon River carried them off;
the river confronted them 100 – the Kishon River.
Step on the necks of the strong! 101
the stallions galloped madly. 104
because they did not come to help in the
to help in the
5:24 The most rewarded 111 of women should be Jael,
the wife of Heber the Kenite!
She should be the most rewarded of women who live in tents.
5:25 He asked for water,
and she gave him milk;
in a bowl fit for a king, 112
she served him curds.
5:26 Her left 113 hand reached for the tent peg,
her right hand for the workmen’s hammer.
She “hammered” 114 Sisera,
she shattered his skull, 115
she smashed his head, 116
she drove the tent peg through his temple. 117
5:27 Between her feet he collapsed,
between her feet he collapsed and fell limp,
in the spot where he collapsed,
there he fell limp – violently murdered! 120
5:28 Through the window she looked;
Sisera’s mother cried out through the lattice:
‘Why is his chariot so slow to return?
Why are the hoofbeats of his chariot-horses 121 delayed?’
5:29 The wisest of her ladies 122 answer;
indeed she even thinks to herself,
5:30 ‘No doubt they are gathering and dividing the plunder 123 –
a girl or two for each man to rape! 124
Sisera is grabbing up colorful cloth, 125
he is grabbing up colorful embroidered cloth, 126
two pieces of colorful embroidered cloth,
for the neck of the plunderer!’ 127
5:31 May all your enemies perish like this, O
But may those who love you shine
like the rising sun at its brightest!” 128
And the land had rest for forty years.