5On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song.H7891H1683H1301H1121H42H3117H559 2"Israel's leaders took charge, and the people gladly followed. Praise the LORD!H1288H3068H6544H6546H3478H5971H5068 3"Listen, you kings! Pay attention, you mighty rulers! For I will sing to the LORD. I will make music to the LORD, the God of Israel.H8085H4428H238H7336H7891H3068H2167H3068H430H3478 4"LORD, when you set out from Seir and marched across the fields of Edom, the earth trembled, and the cloudy skies poured down rain.H3068H3318H8165H6805H7704H123H776H7493H8064H5197H5645H5197H4325 5The mountains quaked in the presence of the LORD, the God of Mount Sinai—in the presence of the LORD, the God of Israel.H2022H5140H6440H3068H5514H6440H3068H430H3478 6"In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, and in the days of Jael, people avoided the main roads, and travelers stayed on winding pathways.H3117H8044H1121H6067H3117H3278H734H2308H1980H3212H6128H5410 7There were few people left in the villages of Israel—until Deborah arose as a mother for Israel.H6520H2308H2308H3478H1683H6965H6965H517H3478 8When Israel chose new gods, war erupted at the city gates. Yet not a shield or spear could be seen among forty thousand warriors in Israel!H977H2319H430H3901H8179H4043H7420H7200H705H505H3478 9My heart is with the commanders of Israel, with those who volunteered for war. Praise the LORD!H3820H2710H3478H5068H5971H1288H3068 10"Consider this, you who ride on fine donkeys, you who sit on fancy saddle blankets, and you who walk along the road.H7878H7392H6715H860H3427H4055H1980H1870 11Listen to the village musicians gathered at the watering holes. They recount the righteous victories of the LORD and the victories of his villagers in Israel. Then the people of the LORD marched down to the city gates.H6963H2686H4857H8567H6666H3068H6666H6520H3478H5971H3068H3381H8179 12"Wake up, Deborah, wake up! Wake up, wake up, and sing a song! Arise, Barak! Lead your captives away, son of Abinoam!H5782H5782H1683H5782H5782H1696H7892H6965H1301H7628H7617H1121H42 13"Down from Tabor marched the few against the nobles. The people of the LORD marched down against mighty warriors.H8300H7287H117H5971H3068H7287H1368 14They came down from Ephraim—a land that once belonged to the Amalekites; they followed you, Benjamin, with your troops. From Makir the commanders marched down; from Zebulun came those who carry a commander's staff.H669H8328H6002H310H1144H5971H4353H3381H2710H2074H4900H7626H5608 15The princes of Issachar were with Deborah and Barak. They followed Barak, rushing into the valley. But in the tribe of Reuben there was great indecision.H8269H3485H1683H3485H1301H7971H7272H6010H6390H7205H1419H2711H3820 16Why did you sit at home among the sheepfolds—to hear the shepherds whistle for their flocks? Yes, in the tribe of Reuben there was great indecision.H3427H996H4942H8085H8292H5739H6390H7205H1419H2714H3820 17Gilead remained east of the Jordan. And why did Dan stay home? Asher sat unmoved at the seashore, remaining in his harbors.H1568H7931H5676H3383H1835H1481H591H836H3427H3220H2348H7931H4664 18But Zebulun risked his life, as did Naphtali, on the heights of the battlefield.H2074H5321H5971H2778H5315H4191H4791H7704 19"The kings of Canaan came and fought, at Taanach near Megiddo's springs, but they carried off no silver treasures.H4428H935H3898H3898H4428H3667H8590H4325H4023H3947H1215H3701 20The stars fought from heaven. The stars in their orbits fought against Sisera.H3898H8064H3556H4546H3898H5516 21The Kishon River swept them away—that ancient torrent, the Kishon. March on with courage, my soul!H5158H7028H1640H6917H5158H5158H7028H5315H1869H5797 22Then the horses' hooves hammered the ground, the galloping, galloping of Sisera's mighty steeds.H6119H5483H1986H1726H1726H47 23'Let the people of Meroz be cursed,' said the angel of the LORD.'Let them be utterly cursed, because they did not come to help the LORD—to help the LORD against the mighty warriors.'H779H4789H559H4397H3068H779H779H3427H935H5833H3068H5833H3068H1368 24"Most blessed among women is Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite. May she be blessed above all women who live in tents.H1288H802H3278H802H2268H7017H1288H802H168 25Sisera asked for water, and she gave him milk. In a bowl fit for nobles, she brought him yogurt.H7592H4325H5414H2461H7126H2529H117H5602 26Then with her left hand she reached for a tent peg, and with her right hand for the workman's hammer. She struck Sisera with the hammer, crushing his head. With a shattering blow, she pierced his temples.H7971H3027H3489H3225H6001H1989H1986H5516H4277H7218H4272H2498H7541 27He sank, he fell, he lay still at her feet. And where he sank, there he died.H7272H3766H5307H7901H7272H3766H5307H834H3766H5307H7703 28"From the window Sisera's mother looked out. Through the window she watched for his return, saying, 'Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why don't we hear the sound of chariot wheels?'H517H5516H8259H2474H2980H822H7393H954H935H309H6471H4818 29"Her wise women answer, and she repeats these words to herself.H2450H8282H6030H7725H561 30'They must be dividing the captured plunder—with a woman or two for every man. There will be colorful robes for Sisera, and colorful, embroidered robes for me. Yes, the plunder will include colorful robes embroidered on both sides.'H4672H2505H7998H7218H1397H7356H7361H5516H7998H6648H7998H6648H7553H6648H7553H6677H7998 31"LORD, may all your enemies die like Sisera! But may those who love you rise like the sun in all its power!" Then there was peace in the land for forty years.H341H6H3068H157H8121H3318H1369H776H8252H705H8141
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