Deborah and Barak’s Song

Judges 5:1-31 KJV

Deborah and Barak’s Song

Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,

[2] Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.

[3] Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord ; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.

[4] Lord , when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water.

[5] The mountains melted from before the Lord , even that Sinai from before the Lord God of Israel.

[6] In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.

[7] The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

[8] They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

[9] My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the Lord .

[10] Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.

[11] They that are delivered 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 the inhabitants of his villages in Israel: then shall the people of the Lord go down to the gates.

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[12] Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.

[13] Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people: the Lord made me have dominion over the mighty.

Israel’s Triumphs Recalled

[14] Out of Ephraim was there a root of them against Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer.

[15] And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts of heart.

[16] Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.

[17] Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches.

[18] Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.

[19] The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money.

[20] They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.

[21] The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.

[22] Then were the horsehoofs broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones.

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[23] Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord , curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord , to the help of the Lord against the mighty.

Jael Shall Be Blessed

[24] Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.

[25] He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.

[26] She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.

[27] At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.

[28] The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?

[29] Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself,

[30] Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours of needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take the spoil?

[31] So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

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