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Judges 5:1–12

The Song of Deborah and Barak

5 And Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang on that day:

“When long hair hangs loosely in Israel,

when the people willingly offer themselves,

bless Yahweh!

Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes!

I will sing to Yahweh;

I will sing praise to Yahweh,

the God of Israel.

Yahweh, when you went down from Seir,

when you marched from the region of Edom,

the earth trembled, the heavens poured down,

the clouds poured down water.

The mountains trembleda before Yahweh,

this Sinai, at the presence of Yahweh, the God of Israel.

“In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,

in the days of Jael, the caravans had ceased,

the travelers,b they kept to the byways.c

The warriorsd ceased;

they failed to appear in Israel,

until I,e Deborah, arose;

If arose as a mother in Israel.

God chose new leaders,g

then war was at the gates;

a small shield or a spear was not seen

among forty thousand in Israel.

My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel,

those offering themselves willingly among the people;

bless Yahweh!

10 The riders of white female donkeys,

those sitting on saddle blankets,

and those going on the way, talk about it!

11 At the sound of those dividingh the sheep

among the watering places,

there they will recount the righteous deeds of Yahweh,

the righteous deeds for his warriorsi in Israel.

Then the people of Yahweh went down to the gates.

12 “Wake up, wake up, Deborah!

Wake up, wake up, sing a song!

Get up, Barak!

Take captive your captives, O son of Abinoam.

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