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Judges 4
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Deborah

4The People of Israel kept right on doing evil in GOD's sight. With Ehud dead,H1121H3478H3254H6213H7451H5869H3068H164H4191 2GOD sold them off to Jabin king of Canaan who ruled from Hazor. Sisera, who lived in Harosheth Haggoyim, was the commander of his army.H3068H4376H3027H2985H4428H3667H4427H2674H8269H6635H5516H3427H2800H1471 3The People of Israel cried out to GOD because he had cruelly oppressed them with his nine hundred iron chariots for twenty years.H1121H3478H6817H3068H8672H3967H7393H1270H6242H8141H2394H3905H1121H3478 4Deborah was a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth. She was judge over Israel at that time.H1683H5031H802H3941H8199H3478H6256 5She held court under Deborah's Palm between Ramah and Bethel in the hills of Ephraim. The People of Israel went to her in matters of justice.H3427H8560H1683H7414H1008H2022H669H1121H3478H5927H4941 6She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, "It has become clear that GOD, the God of Israel, commands you: Go to Mount Tabor and prepare for battle. Take ten companies of soldiers from Naphtali and Zebulun.H7971H7121H1301H1121H42H6943H559H3068H430H3478H6680H3212H4900H2022H8396H3947H6235H505H376H1121H5321H1121H2074 7I'll take care of getting Sisera, the leader of Jabin's army, to the Kishon River with all his chariots and troops. And I'll make sure you win the battle."H4900H5158H7028H5516H8269H2985H6635H7393H1995H5414H3027 8Barak said, "If you go with me, I'll go. But if you don't go with me, I won't go."H1301H559H3212H1980H3212H3212 9She said, "Of course I'll go with you. But understand that with an attitude like that, there'll be no glory in it for you. GOD will use a woman's hand to take care of Sisera." Deborah got ready and went with Barak to Kedesh.H559H1980H3212H657H1870H1980H8597H3068H4376H5516H3027H802H1683H6965H3212H1301H6943 10Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali together at Kedesh. Ten companies of men followed him. And Deborah was with him.H1301H2199H2074H5321H6943H5927H6235H505H376H7272H1683H5927 11It happened that Heber the Kenite had parted company with the other Kenites, the descendants of Hobab, Moses' in-law. He was now living at Zaanannim Oak near Kedesh.H2268H7017H1121H2246H2859H4872H6504H7017H5186H168H436H6815H6943 12They told Sisera that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor.H5046H5516H1301H1121H42H5927H2022H8396 13Sisera immediately called up all his chariots to the Kishon River—nine hundred iron chariots!—along with all his troops who were with him at Harosheth Haggoyim.H5516H2199H7393H8672H3967H7393H1270H5971H2800H1471H5158H7028 14Deborah said to Barak, "Charge! This very day GOD has given you victory over Sisera. Isn't GOD marching before you?" Barak charged down the slopes of Mount Tabor, his ten companies following him.H1683H559H1301H6965H3117H3068H5414H5516H3027H3068H3318H6440H1301H3381H2022H8396H6235H505H376H310 15GOD routed Sisera—all those chariots, all those troops!—before Barak. Sisera jumped out of his chariot and ran.H3068H2000H5516H7393H4264H6310H2719H6440H1301H5516H3381H4818H5127H7272 16Barak chased the chariots and troops all the way to Harosheth Haggoyim. Sisera's entire fighting force was killed—not one man left.H1301H7291H310H7393H4264H2800H1471H4264H5516H5307H6310H2719H259H7604 17Meanwhile Sisera, running for his life, headed for the tent of Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite. Jabin king of Hazor and Heber the Kenite were on good terms with one another.H5516H5127H7272H168H3278H802H2268H7017H7965H2985H4428H2674H1004H2268H7017 18Jael stepped out to meet Sisera and said, "Come in, sir. Stay here with me. Don't be afraid." So he went with her into her tent. She covered him with a blanket.H3278H3318H7125H5516H559H5493H113H5493H3372H5493H168H3680H8063 19He said to her, "Please, a little water. I'm thirsty." She opened a bottle of milk, gave him a drink, and then covered him up again.H559H4592H4325H8248H6770H6605H4997H2461H8248H3680 20He then said, "Stand at the tent flap. If anyone comes by and asks you, 'Is there anyone here?' tell him, 'No, not a soul.'"H559H5975H6607H168H376H935H7592H559H3426H376H3426H559 21Then while he was fast asleep from exhaustion, Jael wife of Heber took a tent peg and hammer, tiptoed toward him, and drove the tent peg through his temple and all the way into the ground. He convulsed and died.H3278H2268H802H3947H3489H168H7760H4718H3027H935H3814H8628H3489H7541H6795H776H7290H5774H4191 22Barak arrived in pursuit of Sisera. Jael went out to greet him. She said, "Come, I'll show you the man you're looking for." He went with her and there he was—Sisera, stretched out, dead, with a tent peg through his neck.H1301H7291H5516H3278H3318H7125H559H3212H7200H376H1245H935H5516H5307H4191H3489H7541 23On that day God subdued Jabin king of Canaan before the People of Israel.H430H3665H3117H2985H4428H3667H6440H1121H3478 24The People of Israel pressed harder and harder on Jabin king of Canaan until there was nothing left of him.H3027H1121H3478H3212H1980H7186H2985H4428H3667H3772H2985H4428H3667


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