After Ehud1 died, the Israelites once again did evil2 in the eyes of the LORD.32
So the LORD sold them4 into the hands of Jabin, a king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor.5 The commander of his army was Sisera,6 who lived in Harosheth Haggoyim.
Because he had nine hundred iron chariots7 and had cruelly oppressed8 the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the LORD for help.
Deborah,9 a prophetess,10 the wife of Lappidoth, was leadinga Israel at that time.
She held court11 under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah12 and Bethel13 in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided.