Matthew Bible

Judges 4

Deborah and Barak deliver Israel from Jabin and Sisera.

Judges 4:1 And the chyldren of Israel began agayne to do wickedly in þe sight of the Lorde, when Ahud was dead. Judges 4:2 And the Lorde solde them into þe handes of Iakin Kynge of Canaan, that raygned in Hazor, whose captaynes of warre was Sisara, which dwelt in Haroseth of the gentyles. Judges 4:3 And the chyldren of Israel cryed vnto the Lorde: for he had nyne hundred charettes of yron, he oppressed þe chyldren of Israel wyth power .xx. yeares.

Judges 4:4 And Debora a Prophetysse, the wyfe of Lapidoth iudged Israell the same tyme, Judges 4:5 and dwelt vnder the paulme tree of Debora, betwene Ramath & Bethell, in mount Ephraim. And the chyldren of Israel came to her for iudgement. Judges 4:6 And she sent and called Barak þe sonne of Abinoam, out of Kedes Nephtalim, and sayde vnto hym. The Lorde God of Israel commaundeth the, that thou go and drawe to mounte Thabor, and take wyth the ten thousande men, of the chyldren of Nephtalim and of the chyldren of Zabulon. Judges 4:7 And I wyll brynge vnto þe ryuer Kyson Sisara, the captayne of warre vnto Iabin, wyth hys charettes, and hys people, and wyll delyuer them into thyne handes. Judges 4:8 And Barak sayde vnto her, yf thou wylt go wt me, I wyll go: But & yf thou wilt not go wyth me, then I wyll not go. Judges 4:9 And she answered, I wyll surely go wyth the, but then the prayse shall not be thyne, in the waye whiche thou goest, for the Lorde shall delyuer Sisara into the handes of a woman. And she arose and went wyth Barak to Kedes.

Judges 4:10 And Barak called Zabulon and Nephthalim to Kedes. And he went vp a foote wyth ten thousande men: and Debora went wyth hym. Judges 4:11 But Haber the kenyte was remoued oute of Kin, which was of the chyldren of Hobab the father in lawe of Moyses, and pytched hys tente vntyll he was come to the Ocke of Zaanaim, by Kedes. Judges 4:12 And then it was shewed vnto Sisara how that Barak the sonne of Abinoam was gone vp to mounte Thabor. Judges 4:13 And Sisara called for all hys charettes, euen .ix. hundred charettes of yron, and for all the people that he had, from Haroseth of the gentyles vnto the ryuer of Kyson. Judges 4:14 Then sayde Debora vnto Barak: vp for thys is the daye in whiche the Lord hath delyuered Sisara, into thyne handes: for the Lorde is gone out before the. And so Barak went doune from mount Thabor, and ten thousande men after hym. Judges 4:15 But the Lorde trounsed Sisara and al his charettes and all hys hoste wyth the edge of the swerde, before Barak. And Sisara lyghted doune of hys charet and fled afore. Judges 4:16 But Barak folowed after the charettes and after the hoste euen vnto Haroseth of the Gentiles. And all the hoste of Sisara fell vpon the edge of the swerde, that there was not a man lefte. Judges 4:17 Now be it Sisara fled a fote to the tent of Iael the wyfe of Haber the kenite: for there was peace betwene Iabin the kynge of Hazor, and the housholde of Haber the kenyte.

Jael killeth Sisera.

Judges 4:18 And Iael went oute agaynst Sisara and sayde vnto hym, turne in my Lorde, turne into her into her tente: and she couered him with a mantell. Judges 4:19 And he sayde vnto her, geue me a lyttell water to drincke, for I am thrysty. And she opened a bottel of mylke, & gaue him drincke, and couered hym. Judges 4:20 And he sayde vnto her: stande in the dore of thy tente, & yf anye man come, and aske the, or enquere of the whether there be any man here, saye naye. Judges 4:21 Then Iael Habers wyfe toke a nayle of the tente, and an hamer in her hande, & wente softlye vnto hym, and smote the nayle thorow the temples of his head into the grounde, as he slombered beyng wery. And so he dyed. Judges 4:22 And beholde as Barak folowed after Sisara, Iael came oute agaynste hym, and sayd vnto him: come and I wyll shew the the man whom thou sekest. And when he came into her tente: Beholde, Sisara laye dead & the nayle thorow his temples. Judges 4:23 And so God broughte Iaben the kyng of Canaan into subieccyon that daye, before the chyldren of Israel. Judges 4:24 And the hande of the chyldren of Israel prospered and was sore vpon Iaben the kyng of Canaan, vntyll they had broughte hym to naught.

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