Bible: Judges 3:!5
3:1 These were the nations the
3:5 The Israelites lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 3:6 They took the Canaanites’ daughters as wives and gave their daughters to the Canaanites; 6 they worshiped 7 their gods as well.
Othniel: A Model Leader
3:7 The Israelites did evil in the
Deceit, Assassination, and Deliverance
3:12 The Israelites again did evil in the
3:15 When the Israelites cried out for help to the
3:18 After Ehud brought the tribute payment, he dismissed the people who had carried it. 27 3:19 But he went back 28 once he reached 29 the carved images 30 at Gilgal. He said to Eglon, 31 “I have a secret message for you, O king.” Eglon 32 said, “Be quiet!” 33 All his attendants left. 3:20 When Ehud approached him, he was sitting in his well-ventilated 34 upper room all by himself. Ehud said, “I have a message from God 35 for you.” When Eglon rose up from his seat, 36 3:21 Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled the sword from his right thigh, and drove it into Eglon’s 37 belly. 3:22 The handle went in after the blade, and the fat closed around the blade, for Ehud 38 did not pull the sword out of his belly. 39 3:23 As Ehud went out into the vestibule, 40 he closed the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.
3:24 When Ehud had left, Eglon’s 41 servants came and saw the locked doors of the upper room. They said, “He must be relieving himself 42 in the well-ventilated inner room.” 43 3:25 They waited so long they were embarrassed, but he still did not open the doors of the upper room. Finally they took the key and opened the doors. 44 Right before their eyes was their master, sprawled out dead on the floor! 45 3:26 Now Ehud had escaped while they were delaying. When he passed the carved images, he escaped to Seirah.
3:27 When he reached Seirah, 46 he blew a trumpet 47 in the Ephraimite hill country. The Israelites went down with him from the hill country, with Ehud in the lead. 48 3:28 He said to them, “Follow me, for the
Celebrating the Victory in Song
5:1 On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this victory song: 56
5:2 “When the leaders took the lead 57 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 59 to the
when you marched from Edom’s plains,
the earth shook, the heavens poured down,
the clouds poured down rain. 61
5:6 In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,
travelers 66 had to go on winding side roads.
they were scarce in Israel,
until you 69 arose, Deborah,
until you arose as a motherly protector 70 in Israel.
5:8 God chose new leaders, 71
then fighters appeared in the city gates; 72
but, I swear, not a shield or spear could be found, 73
among forty military units 74 in Israel.
5:9 My heart went out 75 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, 76
you who walk on the road, pay attention!
there they tell of 79 the Lord’s victorious deeds,
the victorious deeds of his warriors 80 in Israel.
5:12 Wake up, wake up, Deborah!
Wake up, wake up, sing a song!
Get up, Barak!
Capture your prisoners of war, 81 son of Abinoam!
5:14 They came from Ephraim, who uprooted Amalek, 87
they follow 88 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. 93
5:16 Why do you remain among the sheepfolds, 96
As for the clans of Reuben – there was intense searching of heart.
5:17 Gilead stayed put 99 beyond the Jordan River.
As for Dan – why did he seek temporary employment in the shipyards? 100
Asher remained 101 on the seacoast,
5:18 The men of Zebulun were not concerned about their lives; 104
Naphtali charged on to the battlefields. 105
5:19 Kings came, they fought;
the kings of Canaan fought,
at Taanach by the waters of Megiddo, 106
but 107 they took no silver as plunder.
from their paths in the heavens 110 they fought against Sisera.
5:21 The Kishon River carried them off;
the river confronted them 111 – the Kishon River.
Step on the necks of the strong! 112
the stallions galloped madly. 115
because they did not come to help in the
to help in the
5:24 The most rewarded 122 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, 123
she served him curds.
5:26 Her left 124 hand reached for the tent peg,
her right hand for the workmen’s hammer.
She “hammered” 125 Sisera,
she shattered his skull, 126
she smashed his head, 127
she drove the tent peg through his temple. 128
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! 131
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 132 delayed?’
5:29 The wisest of her ladies 133 answer;
indeed she even thinks to herself,
5:30 ‘No doubt they are gathering and dividing the plunder 134 –
a girl or two for each man to rape! 135
Sisera is grabbing up colorful cloth, 136
he is grabbing up colorful embroidered cloth, 137
two pieces of colorful embroidered cloth,
for the neck of the plunderer!’ 138
5:31 May all your enemies perish like this, O
But may those who love you shine
like the rising sun at its brightest!” 139
And the land had rest for forty years.