Judges 4

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The Book of Judges

Chapter 5

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Then sang4 Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,2

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Praise16 ye the LORD for the avenging2 6546 of Israel, when the people willingly offered99 themselves.

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Hear,3 O ye kings; give ear,54 O ye princes;6 I, [even] I, will sing4 unto the LORD; I will sing17 [praise] to the LORD God of Israel.

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LORD, when thou wentest out2 of Seir, when thou marchedst2 out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled,1 and the heavens dropped,1 the clouds also dropped1 water.

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The mountains melted1 from before the LORD, [even] that Sinai from before the LORD God of Israel.

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In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied,1 and the travellers6 5410 walked4 through byways. 6128

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[The inhabitants of] the villages ceased,1 they ceased1 in Israel, until that I Deborah arose,1 that I arose1 a mother in Israel.

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They chose4 new gods; then [was] war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen11 among forty thousand in Israel?

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My heart [is] toward the governors6 of Israel, that offered themselves willingly102 among the people. Bless16 ye the LORD.

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Speak,3 ye that ride6 on white asses, ye that sit6 in judgment, and walk6 by the way.

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[They that are delivered] from the noise of archers18 in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse17 the righteous acts of the LORD, [even] the righteous acts [toward the inhabitants] of his villages in Israel: then shall the people of the LORD go down1 to the gates.

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Awake,3 awake,3 Deborah: awake,3 awake,3 utter16 a song: arise,3 Barak, and lead thy captivity captive,3 thou son of Abinoam.

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Then he made him that remaineth have dominion17 over the nobles among the people: the LORD made me have dominion17 over the mighty.

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Out of Ephraim [was there] a root of them against Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of Machir came down1 governors,26 and out of Zebulun they that handle6 the pen of the writer.6

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And the princes of Issachar [were] with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent27 on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Reuben [there were] great thoughts of heart.

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Why abodest1 thou among the sheepfolds, to hear2 the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben [there were] great searchings of heart.

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Gilead abode1 beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain4 in ships? Asher continued1 on the sea shore, and abode4 in his breaches.

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Zebulun and Naphtali [were] a people [that] jeoparded14 their lives unto the death2 in the high places of the field.

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The kings came1 [and] fought,8 then fought8 the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took1 no gain of money.

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They fought8 from heaven; the stars in their courses fought8 against Sisera.

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The river of Kishon swept them away,1 that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down4 strength.

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Then were the horsehoofs 5483 broken1 by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones.

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Curse3 ye Meroz, said1 the angel of the LORD, curse3 ye bitterly2 the inhabitants6 thereof; because they came1 not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.

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Blessed29 above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed29 shall she be above women in the tent.

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He asked1 water, [and] she gave1 [him] milk; she brought forth52 butter in a lordly dish.

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She put4 her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote1 Sisera, she smote off1 his head, when she had pierced1 and stricken through1 his temples.

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At her feet he bowed,1 he fell,1 he lay down:1 at her feet he bowed,1 he fell:1 where he bowed,1 there he fell down1 dead.7

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The mother of Sisera looked8 out at a window, and cried17 through the lattice, Why is his chariot [so] long14 in coming?2 why tarry14 the wheels of his chariots?

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Her wise ladies answered4 her, yea, she returned55 answer to herself,

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Have they not sped?4 have they [not] divided17 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?

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So let all thine enemies6 perish,4 O LORD: but [let] them that love6 him [be] as the sun when he goeth forth2 in his might. And the land had rest4 forty years.

Judges 6