English Revised Version

Judges 5

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 For that the leaders took the lead in Israel, for that the people offered themselves willingly, bless ye the LORD. Judges 5:3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, [even] I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD, the God of Israel. Judges 5:4 LORD, when thou wentest forth out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, the heavens also dropped, yea, the clouds dropped water. Judges 5:5 The mountains flowed down at the presence of the LORD, even yon Sinai at the presence of the LORD, the God of Israel. Judges 5:6 In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways. Judges 5:7 The rulers ceased in Israel, they ceased, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel. Judges 5:8 They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel? Judges 5:9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people: bless ye the LORD. Judges 5:10 Tell [of it], ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit on rich carpets, and ye that walk by the way. Judges 5:11 Far 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 of his rule in Israel. Then the people of the LORD went down to the gates. Judges 5:12 Awake, awake, Deborah; awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. Judges 5:13 Then came down a remnant of the nobles [and] the people; the LORD came down for me against the mighty. Judges 5:14 Out of Ephraim [came down] they whose root is in Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy peoples; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the marshal's staff. Judges 5:15 And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; as was Issachar, so was Barak; into the valley they rushed forth at his feet. By the watercourses of Reuben there were great resolves of heart. Judges 5:16 Why satest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the pipings for the flocks? At the watercourses of Reuben there were great searchings of heart. Judges 5:17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and Dan, why did he remain in ships? Asher sat still at the haven of the sea, and abode by his creeks. Judges 5:18 Zebulun was a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death, and Naphtali, upon 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 Meggido: they took no gain of money. Judges 5:20 They fought from heaven, the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. Judges 5:21 The river Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, march on with strength. Judges 5:22 Then did the horsehoofs stamp by reason of the pransings, the pransings of their strong 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 help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty. Judges 5:24 Blessed above women shall Jael be, the wife of Heber the Kenite, blessed shall she be above women in the tent. Judges 5:25 He asked water, [and] she gave him milk; she brought him butter in a lordly dish. Judges 5:26 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 through his head, yea, she pierced and struck through his temples. Judges 5:27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead. Judges 5:28 Through the window she looked forth, and cried, the mother of Sisera [cried] through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots? Judges 5:29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself, Judges 5:30 Have they not found, have they not divided the spoil? a damsel, two damsels to every man; to Sisera a spoil of divers colours, a spoil of divers colours of embroidery, of divers colours of embroidery on both sides, on the necks of the spoil? Judges 5:31 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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