Deborah,1 a prophetess,2 the wife of Lappidoth, was leadinga Israel at that time.
She held court3 under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah4 and Bethel5 in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided.
She sent for Barak son of Abinoam6 from Kedesh7 in Naphtali and said to him, "The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you: 'Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali8 and Zebulun9 and lead the way to Mount Tabor.107
I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin's11 army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River12 and give him into your hands.13' "
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,14