5 1THEN SANG Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam on that day, saying, 2For the leaders who took the lead in Israel, for the people who offered themselves willingly, bless the Lord! 3Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes; I will sing to the Lord. I will sing praise to the Lord, the God of Israel. 4Lord, when You went forth out of Seir, when You marched out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled and the heavens also dropped, yes, the clouds dropped water. 5The mountains quaked at the presence of the Lord, yes, yonder Sinai at the presence of the Lord, the God of Israel. 6After the days of Shamgar son of Anath, after the days of Jael [meaning here Ehud] the caravans ceased, travelers walked through byways. 7The villages were unoccupied and rulers ceased in Israel until [C]you arose--you, Deborah, arose--a mother in Israel. 8[Formerly] they chose new gods; then war was in the gates. Was there a shield or spear seen among 40,000 in Israel? 9My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel who offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless the Lord! 10Tell of it--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 shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord, even the righteous acts toward His villagers in Israel. Then the people of the Lord went down to the gates. 12Awake, awake, Deborah! Awake, awake, utter a song! Arise, Barak, and lead away your captives, you son of Abinoam. 13Then down marched the remnant of the nobles, the people of the Lord marched down for Me against the mighty. 14Out of Ephraim they came down whose root is in Amalek, after you, Benjamin, with your kinsmen. Out of Machir came down commanders and lawgivers, and out of Zebulun those who [D]handle the pen or stylus of the writer. 15And the princes of Issachar came with Deborah, and Issachar was faithful to Barak; into the valley they rushed forth at his heels. [But] among the clans of Reuben were great searchings of heart. 16Why [Reuben] did you linger among the sheepfolds listening to the piping for the flocks? Among the clans of Reuben there were great searchings of heart. 17Gilead remained beyond the Jordan, and why did Dan stay with the ships? Asher sat still on the seacoast and remained by his creeks. [These came not forth to battle for God’s people.] 18But Zebulun was a people who endangered their lives to the death; Naphtali did also on the heights of the field. 19The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan at Taanach by the waters of Megiddo. Gain of booty they did not obtain. 20From the heavens the stars fought, from their courses they fought against Sisera. 21The torrent Kishon swept [the foe] away, the onrushing torrent, the torrent Kishon. O my soul, march on with strength! 22Then the horses’ hoofs beat loudly because of the galloping of [fleeing] valiant riders. 23Curse Meroz, said the messenger of the Lord. Curse bitterly its inhabitants, because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty! 24Blessed above women shall Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, be; blessed shall she be above women in the tent. 25[Sisera] asked for water, and she gave [him] milk; she brought him curds in a lordly dish. 26She put her [left] hand to the tent pin, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer. And with the wooden hammer she smote Sisera, she smote his head, yes, she struck and pierced his temple. 27He sank, he fell, he lay still at her feet. At her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell--dead! 28The [E]mother of Sisera looked out at a window and wailed through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why do the hoofbeats of his chariots tarry? 29Her wise ladies answered her, yet she repeated her words to herself, 30Have they not found and been dividing the spoil? A maiden or two for every man, a spoil of dyed garments for Sisera, a spoil of dyed stuffs embroidered, two pieces of dyed work embroidered for my neck as spoil? 31So let all Your enemies perish, O Lord! But let those who love Him be like the sun when it rises in its might. And the land had peace and rest for forty years.
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