So the LORD sold them1 into the hands of Jabin, a king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor.2 The commander of his army was Sisera,3 who lived in Harosheth Haggoyim.
Because he had nine hundred iron chariots4 and had cruelly oppressed5 the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the LORD for help.
Deborah,6 a prophetess,7 the wife of Lappidoth, was leadinga Israel at that time.
She held court8 under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah9 and Bethel10 in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided.
She sent for Barak son of Abinoam11 from Kedesh12 in Naphtali and said to him, "The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you: 'Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali13 and Zebulun14 and lead the way to Mount Tabor.157
I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin's16 army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River17 and give him into your hands.18' "
Barak said to her, "If you go with me, I will go; but if you don't go with me, I won't go."
"Very well," Deborah said, "I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this,b the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will hand Sisera over to a woman." So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh,1910
where he summoned20 Zebulun and Naphtali. Ten thousand men followed him, and Deborah also went with him.
Now Heber the Kenite had left the other Kenites,21 the descendants of Hobab,22 Moses' brother-in-law,c and pitched his tent by the great tree23 in Zaanannim24 near Kedesh.
When they told Sisera that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor,2513
Sisera gathered together his nine hundred iron chariots26 and all the men with him, from Harosheth Haggoyim to the Kishon River.27