Judges

Judges 5 ©

The song of Deborah and Barak.

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THEN asang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,

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bPraise ye the LORD for the cavenging of Israel, when the people dwillingly offered themselves.

d v.9. Ps. 110.3.
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Hear, eO ye kings; give ear, O ye fprinces; gI, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.

f De. 32.1,3.
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LORD, hwhen thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, ithe earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water.

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The jmountains 1melted from before the LORD, even that Sinai from before the LORD God of Israel.

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In the days of kShamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the 2travellers walked through 3byways.

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The inhabitants of lthe villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mmother in Israel.

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They nchose new gods; then was war in the gates: was othere a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

n ch. 2.12; 17; 18. De. 32.16,21.
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My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that poffered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the LORD.

p v.2.
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4Speak, ye qthat ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.

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They that are delivered from rthe noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they *rehearse the righteous acts of the LORD, even the 5righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel: then shall the people of the LORD sgo down to the gates.

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Awake, tawake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and ulead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.

t Ps. 57.8; 103.1,2; 108.2.
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Then vhe made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people: the LORD made me have dominion over the mighty.

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wOut of Ephraim was there a root of them against xAmalek; yafter thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of zMachir came down agovernors, and out of Zebulun they that 6handle the pen of the writer.

x ch. 3.13.
y ch. 4.10,14.
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And the bprinces of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and also cBarak: he was sent on 7foot into the valley. For 8the divisions of Reuben there were great 9thoughts of heart.

c ch. 4.14.
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Why abodest thou damong the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? 10For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.

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eGilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did fDan remain in ships? gAsher continued on the sea 11shore, and abode in his 12breaches.

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hZebulun and Naphtali were a people ithat 13*jeoparded their lives unto the death in jthe high places of the field.

h ch. 4.10.
j ch. 4.6,12,14.
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The kkings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in lTaanach by the waters of mMegiddo; nthey took no gain of money.

l Jos. 12.21; 17.11. Zec. 12.11. ch. 1.27.
n ch. 4.15,16.
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They ofought from heaven; the stars in their 14courses fought against Sisera.

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The priver of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. qO my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.

q v.13.
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Then rwere the horsehoofs broken by the means of the 15pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones.

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Curse ye Meroz, said the sangel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they tcame not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.

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uBlessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.

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vHe asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.

v ch. 4.19,20.
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She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer 16she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.

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17At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down 18dead.

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The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?

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Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned 19answer to herself,

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wHave they not sped? have they not divided the *prey; to 20every 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?

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So xlet all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them ythat love him be as the sun zwhen he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest aforty years.

z Ps. 19.4,5.