The song of Deborah and Barak.
Judges 5:1 Then sang Deborah, and Barak the sonne of Abinoam the same day, saying, Judges 5:2 Praise ye the Lord for the auenging of Israel, and for the people that offred themselues willingly. Judges 5:3 Heare, ye Kings, hearken ye princes: I, euen I will sing vnto the Lord: I will sing praise vnto the Lord God of Israel. Judges 5:4 Lorde, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou departedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heauens rained, the cloudes also dropped water. Judges 5:5 The mountaines melted before the Lord, as did that Sinai before the Lord God of Israel. Judges 5:6 In the dayes of Shamgar the sonne of Anath, in the dayes of Iael the hie wayes were vnoccupied, and the trauelers walked through by wayes. Judges 5:7 The townes were not inhabited: they decayed, I say, in Israel, vntill I Deborah came vp, which rose vp a mother in Israel. Judges 5:8 They chose new gods: then was warre in the gates. Was there a shielde or speare seene among fourtie thousand of Israel? Judges 5:9 Mine heart is set on the gouernours of Israel, and on them that are willing among the people: praise ye the Lord. Judges 5:10 Speake ye that ride on white asses, yee that dwel by Middin, & that walke by the way. Judges 5:11 For the noyse of the archers appaised among the drawers of water: there shal they rehearse the righteousnesse of the Lorde, his righteousnesse of his townes in Israel: then did the people of the Lord goe downe to the gates. Judges 5:12 Vp Deborah, vp, arise, and sing a song: arise Barak, and leade thy captiuitie captiue, thou sonne of Abinoam. Judges 5:13 For they that remaine, haue dominio ouer the mightie of the people: the Lorde hath giuen me dominion ouer the strong. Judges 5:14 Of Ephraim their roote arose against Amalek: & after thee, Beniamin shall fight against thy people, O Amalek: of Machir came rulers, & of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer. Judges 5:15 And the Princes of Issachar were with Deborah, and Issachar, and also Barak: he was set on his feete in the valley: for the diuisions of Reuben were great thoughts of heart. Judges 5:16 Why abodest thou among the sheepefolds, to heare the bleatings of the flockes? for the diuisions of Reuben were great thoughts of heart. Judges 5:17 Gilead abode beyonde Iorden: and why doeth Dan remayne in shippes? Asher sate on the sea shoare, and taryed in his decayed places. Judges 5:18 But the people of Zebulun and Naphtali haue ieopard their liues vnto the death in the hie 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 receiued no gaine of money. Judges 5:20 They fought from heauen, euen the starres in their courses fought against Sisera. Judges 5:21 The Riuer Kishon swepe them away, that ancient riuer the riuer Kishon. O my soule, thou hast marched valiantly. Judges 5:22 Then were the horsehooues broken with the oft beating together of their mightie men. Judges 5:23 Curse ye Meroz: (sayd the Angel of the Lorde) curse the inhabitantes thereof, because they came not to helpe the Lorde, to helpe the Lord against the mighty. Judges 5:24 Iael the wife of Heber the Kenite shall be blessed aboue other women: blessed shall she be aboue women dwelling in tentes. Judges 5:25 He asked water, and shee gaue him milke: she brought forth butter in a lordly dish. Judges 5:26 She put her hand to the naile, & her right hand to the workemans hammer: with the hammer smote she Sisera: she smote off his head, after she had wounded, and pearsed his temples. Judges 5:27 He bowed him downe at her feete, he fell downe, and lay still: at her feete hee bowed him downe, and fell: and when he had sunke downe, he lay there dead. Judges 5:28 The mother of Sisera looked out at a windowe, and cryed thorowe the lattesse, Why is his charet so long a comming? why tary the wheeles of his charets? Judges 5:29 Her wise ladies answered her, Yea. Shee answered her selfe with her owne wordes, Judges 5:30 Haue they not gotten, and they deuide the spoyle? euery man hath a mayde or two. Sisera hath a praye of diuers coloured garmentes, a pray of sundry colours made of needle worke: of diuers colours of needle worke on both sides, for the chiefe of the spoyle. Judges 5:31 So let all thine enemies perish, O Lorde: but they that loue him, shall be as the Sunne when he riseth in his might, and the lande had rest fourtie yeres.