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.
She sent for Barak son of Abinoam14 from Kedesh15 in Naphtali and said to him, "The LORD, the God of Israel, commands you: 'Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali16 and Zebulun17 and lead the way to Mount Tabor.187
I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin's19 army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River20 and give him into your hands.21' "
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,2210
where he summoned23 Zebulun and Naphtali. Ten thousand men followed him, and Deborah also went with him.
Now Heber the Kenite had left the other Kenites,24 the descendants of Hobab,25 Moses' brother-in-law,c and pitched his tent by the great tree26 in Zaanannim27 near Kedesh.