Bible: Judges 5:1-31
Celebrating the Victory in Song
5:1 On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this victory song: 1
5:2 “When the leaders took the lead 2 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 4 to the
when you marched from Edom’s plains,
the earth shook, the heavens poured down,
the clouds poured down rain. 6
5:6 In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,
travelers 11 had to go on winding side roads.
they were scarce in Israel,
until you 14 arose, Deborah,
until you arose as a motherly protector 15 in Israel.
5:8 God chose new leaders, 16
then fighters appeared in the city gates; 17
but, I swear, not a shield or spear could be found, 18
among forty military units 19 in Israel.
5:9 My heart went out 20 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, 21
you who walk on the road, pay attention!
there they tell of 24 the Lord’s victorious deeds,
the victorious deeds of his warriors 25 in Israel.
5:12 Wake up, wake up, Deborah!
Wake up, wake up, sing a song!
Get up, Barak!
Capture your prisoners of war, 26 son of Abinoam!
5:14 They came from Ephraim, who uprooted Amalek, 32
they follow 33 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. 38
5:16 Why do you remain among the sheepfolds, 41
As for the clans of Reuben – there was intense searching of heart.
5:17 Gilead stayed put 44 beyond the Jordan River.
As for Dan – why did he seek temporary employment in the shipyards? 45
Asher remained 46 on the seacoast,
5:18 The men of Zebulun were not concerned about their lives; 49
Naphtali charged on to the battlefields. 50
5:19 Kings came, they fought;
the kings of Canaan fought,
at Taanach by the waters of Megiddo, 51
but 52 they took no silver as plunder.
from their paths in the heavens 55 they fought against Sisera.
5:21 The Kishon River carried them off;
the river confronted them 56 – the Kishon River.
Step on the necks of the strong! 57
the stallions galloped madly. 60
because they did not come to help in the
to help in the
5:24 The most rewarded 67 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, 68
she served him curds.
5:26 Her left 69 hand reached for the tent peg,
her right hand for the workmen’s hammer.
She “hammered” 70 Sisera,
she shattered his skull, 71
she smashed his head, 72
she drove the tent peg through his temple. 73
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! 76
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 77 delayed?’
5:29 The wisest of her ladies 78 answer;
indeed she even thinks to herself,
5:30 ‘No doubt they are gathering and dividing the plunder 79 –
a girl or two for each man to rape! 80
Sisera is grabbing up colorful cloth, 81
he is grabbing up colorful embroidered cloth, 82
two pieces of colorful embroidered cloth,
for the neck of the plunderer!’ 83
5:31 May all your enemies perish like this, O
But may those who love you shine
like the rising sun at its brightest!” 84
And the land had rest for forty years.