The song of Deborah and Barak.
Judges 5:1 Then sang Deborah, and Barak the son of Abinoam, on that day, saying, Judges 5:2 Praise ye the LORD, for the auenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselues. Judges 5:3 Heare, O ye kings, giue eare, O ye Princes: I, [euen] I will sing vnto the LORD, I wil sing [praise] to the LORD God of Israel. Judges 5:4 LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heauens dropped, the clouds also dropped water. Judges 5:5 The mountaines melted from before the LORD, [euen] that Sinai, from before the LORD God of Israel. Judges 5:6 In the dayes of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the dayes of Iael, the high wayes were vnoccupied, and the traueilers walked thorow by-wayes. Judges 5:7 [The inhabitants] of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, vntill that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel. Judges 5:8 They chose new gods; then was warre in the gates: was there a shield or speare seene among fourtie thousand in Israel? Judges 5:9 My heart is toward the gouernours of Israel, that offered themselues willingly among the people: Blesse ye the LORD. Judges 5:10 Speake yee that ride on white asses, yee that sit in Iudgement, and walke by the way. Judges 5:11 [They that are deliuered] from the noise of Archers in the places of drawing water; there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the LORD, [euen] the righteous acts [towards the inhabitants] of his villages in Israel: then shall the people of the LORD goe downe to the gates. Judges 5:12 Awake, awake Deborah: awake, awake, vtter a song: arise Barak, and leade thy captiuitie captiue, thou sonne of Abinoam. Judges 5:13 Then hee made him that remaineth, haue dominion ouer the Nobles among the people: the LORD made me haue dominion ouer the mightie. Judges 5:14 Out of Ephraim was there a roote of them against Amalek, after thee Beniamin, among thy people: Out of Machir came downe gouernours, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer. Judges 5:15 And the princes of Issachar [were] with Deborah: euen Issachar, and also Barak, he was sent on foot into the valley: for the diuisions of Reuben, [there were] great thoughts of heart. Judges 5:16 Why abodest thou among the sheepefolds, to heare the bleatings of the flocks? [for] the diuisions of Reuben [there were] great searchings of heart. Judges 5:17 Gilead abode beyond Iordan: and why did Dan remaine in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches. Judges 5:18 Zebulun and Naphtali [were] a people that ieoparded their liues vnto the death, in the high places of the field. Judges 5:19 The kings came [and] fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo, they tooke no gaine of money. Judges 5:20 They fought from heauen, the starres in their courses fought against Sisera. Judges 5:21 The riuer of Kishon swept them away, that ancient riuer, the riuer Kishon: O my soule, thou hast troden downe strength. Judges 5:22 Then were the horse hoofes broken, by the meanes of the pransings, the pransings of their mightie ones. Judges 5:23 Curse ye Meroz (said the Angel of the LORD) curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof: because they came not to the helpe of the LORD, to the helpe of the LORD against the mighty. Judges 5:24 Blessed aboue women shal Iael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be aboue women in the tent. Judges 5:25 He asked water, [and] she gaue him milke, shee brought foorth butter in a lordly dish. Judges 5:26 Shee put her hand to the naile, and her right hand to the workemens hammer: and with the hammer shee smote Sisera, shee smote off his head, when she had pearsed & striken through his temples. Judges 5:27 At her feete he bowed, he fell, he lay downe: at her feet he bowed, he fell; where he bowed, there he fel down dead. Judges 5:28 The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattesse, Why is his charet so long in comming? Why tarie the wheeles of his charets? Judges 5:29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea she returned answere to her selfe, Judges 5:30 Haue they not sped? haue they [not] diuided the pray to euery man a damosell or two? To Sisera a pray of diuers colours, a pray of diuers colours, of needle worke, of diuers colours of needle worke on both sides, meet for the necks of [them that take] the spoile? Judges 5:31 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but [let] them that loue him, [be] as the Sunne when he goeth foorth in his might. And the land had rest fourtie yeeres.