4 Again the Israelites did evilr in the eyes of the Lord,s now that Ehudt was dead. 2 So the Lord sold themu into the hands of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor.v Sisera,w the commander of his army, was based in Harosheth Haggoyim. 3 Because he had nine hundred chariots fitted with ironx and had cruelly oppressedy the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the Lord for help.
4 Now Deborah,z a prophet,a the wife of Lappidoth, was leadinga Israel at that time. 5 She held courtb under the Palm of Deborah between Ramahc and Betheld in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. 6 She sent for Barak son of Abinoame from Kedeshf in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtalig and Zebulunh and lead them up to Mount Tabor.i 7 I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’sj army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon Riverk and give him into your hands.l’ ”