5 Then asang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,
2 Praise ye the Lord for the bavenging of Israel,
cWhen the people willingly offered themselves.
3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye dprinces;
I, even I, will sing unto the Lord;
I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.
4 Lord, eWhen thou wentest out of Seir,
fWhen thou marchedst out of the field of Edom,
gThe earth trembled, and the heavens dropped,
The clouds also dropped water.
5 hThe mountains †melted from before the Lord,
Even that iSinai from before the Lord God of Israel.
6 In the days of jShamgar the son of Anath,
In the days of kJael, lthe highways were unoccupied,
And the †travellers walked through †byways.
7 The inhabitants of the mvillages ceased, they ceased in Israel,
Until that I Deborah arose,
That I arose a mother in Israel.
8 They nchose new gods;
Then was war in the gates:
oWas there a shield or spear seen
Among forty thousand in Israel?
9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel,
That poffered themselves willingly among the people.
Bless ye the Lord.
10 ||Speak, ye qthat ride on white asses,
rYe that sit in judgment,
And walk by the way.
11 They that are delivered from the noise of archers in sthe places of drawing water,
There shall they rehearse the †righteous acts of the Lord,
Even the †righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his mvillages in Israel:
Then shall the people of the Lord go down to the gates.
12 tAwake, awake, Deborah:
Awake, awake, utter a song:
And ulead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.
13 Then he made him that remaineth xhave dominion over the nobles among the people:
The Lord made me have dominion over the mighty.
14 Out of yEphraim was there a root of them against zAmalek;
After thee, Benjamin, among thy people;
Out of aMachir came down bgovernors,
And out of Zebulun they that †handle the pen of the writer.
15 And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah;
Even Issachar, and also cBarak:
He was sent on †foot into the valley.
||For the divisions of Reuben there were great †thoughts of heart.
16 Why abodest thou among the dsheepfolds,
To hear the ebleatings of fthe flocks?
||For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.
17 gGilead abode beyond Jordan:
And why did hDan remain in ships?
iAsher continued on the sea ||shore,
And abode in his ||breaches.
18 jZebulun and Naphtali were a people that †jeoparded their lives unto the death
In the high places of the field.
Then fought the kings of Canaan
In kTaanach by the waters of lMegiddo;
mThey took no gain of money.
The stars in their †courses fought against Sisera.
21 The nriver of Kishon swept them away,
That ancient river, the river Kishon.
O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.
22 Then were the horsehoofs broken by the means of the ||pransings,
The pransings of their omighty ones.
23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord,
Curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof;
pBecause they came not qto the help of the Lord,
To the help of the Lord against the mighty.
24 Blessed above women shall rJael the wife of Heber the Kenite be,
Blessed shall she be above women in the tent.
25 sHe asked water, and she gave him milk;
She brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
26 tShe put her hand to the nail,
And her right hand to the workmen’s hammer;
And †with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head,
When she had pierced and stricken through his temples.
27 †At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down:
†At her feet he bowed, he fell:
Where he bowed, there he fell down †dead.
28 The mother of Sisera ulooked out at a window,
And cried wthrough the lattice,
Why is his chariot so xlong in coming?
Why tarry the wheels of his chariots?
29 Her wise ladies answered her,
Yea, she returned †answer to herself,
30 Have they not sped? have they not ydivided the prey;
†To every man a damsel or two;
To Sisera a prey of divers colours,
A prey of divers colours of needlework,
Of divers colours of needlework on both sides,
Meet for the necks of them that take the spoil?
31 zSo let all thine enemies perish, O Lord:
But let them that love him be aas the sun bwhen he goeth forth in his might.
And cthe land had rest forty years.
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