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1 That day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song: 1 On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:
2 When they let down their hair in Israel, they let it blow wild in the wind. The people volunteered with abandon, bless God! 2 "When the princes in Israel take the lead, when the people willingly offer themselves-- praise the LORD!
3 Hear O kings! Listen O princes! To God, yes to God, I'll sing, Make music to God, to the God of Israel. 3 "Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I will sing to the LORD, I will sing; I will make music to the LORD, the God of Israel.
4 God, when you left Seir, marched across the fields of Edom, Earth quaked, yes, the skies poured rain, oh, the clouds made rivers. 4 "O LORD, when you went out from Seir, when you marched from the land of Edom, the earth shook, the heavens poured, the clouds poured down water.
5 Mountains leapt before God, the Sinai God, before God, the God of Israel. 5 The mountains quaked before the LORD, the One of Sinai, before the LORD, the God of Israel.
6 In the time of Shamgar son of Anath, and in the time of Jael, Public roads were abandoned, travelers went by backroads. 6 "In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the roads were abandoned; travelers took to winding paths.
7 Warriors became fat and sloppy, no fight left in them. Then you, Deborah, rose up; you got up, a mother in Israel. 7 Village life in Israel ceased, ceased until I, Deborah, arose, arose a mother in Israel.
8 God chose new leaders, who then fought at the gates. And not a shield or spear to be seen among the forty companies of Israel. 8 When they chose new gods, war came to the city gates, and not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel.
9 Lift your hearts high, O Israel, with abandon, volunteering yourselves with the people - bless God! 9 My heart is with Israel's princes, with the willing volunteers among the people. Praise the LORD!
10 You who ride on prize donkeys comfortably mounted on blankets And you who walk down the roads, ponder, attend! 10 "You who ride on white donkeys, sitting on your saddle blankets, and you who walk along the road, consider
11 Gather at the town well and listen to them sing, Chanting the tale of God's victories, his victories accomplished in Israel. Then the people of God went down to the city gates. 11 the voice of the singers at the watering places. They recite the righteous acts of the LORD, the righteous acts of his warriors in Israel. "Then the people of the LORD went down to the city gates.
12 Wake up, wake up, Deborah! Wake up, wake up, sing a song! On your feet, Barak! Take your prisoners, son of Abinoam! 12 'Wake up, wake up, Deborah! Wake up, wake up, break out in song! Arise, O Barak! Take captive your captives, O son of Abinoam.'
13 Then the remnant went down to greet the brave ones. The people of God joined the mighty ones. 13 "Then the men who were left came down to the nobles; the people of the LORD came to me with the mighty.
14 The captains from Ephraim came to the valley, behind you, Benjamin, with your troops. Captains marched down from Makir, from Zebulun high-ranking leaders came down. 14 Some came from Ephraim, whose roots were in Amalek; Benjamin was with the people who followed you. From Makir captains came down, from Zebulun those who bear a commander's staff.
15 Issachar's princes rallied to Deborah, Issachar stood fast with Barak, backing him up on the field of battle. But in Reuben's divisions there was much second-guessing. 15 The princes of Issachar were with Deborah; yes, Issachar was with Barak, rushing after him into the valley. In the districts of Reuben there was much searching of heart.
16 Why all those campfire discussions? Diverted and distracted, Reuben's divisions couldn't make up their minds. 16 Why did you stay among the campfires to hear the whistling for the flocks? In the districts of Reuben there was much searching of heart.
17 Gilead played it safe across the Jordan, and Dan, why did he go off sailing? Asher kept his distance on the seacoast, safe and secure in his harbors. 17 Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan. And Dan, why did he linger by the ships? Asher remained on the coast and stayed in his coves.
18 But Zebulun risked life and limb, defied death, as did Naphtali on the battle heights. 18 The people of Zebulun risked their very lives; so did Naphtali on the heights of the field.
19 The kings came, they fought, the kings of Canaan fought. At Taanach they fought, at Megiddo's brook, but they took no silver, no plunder. 19 "Kings came, they fought; the kings of Canaan fought at Taanach by the waters of Megiddo, but they carried off no silver, no plunder.
20 The stars in the sky joined the fight, from their courses they fought against Sisera. 20 From the heavens the stars fought, from their courses they fought against Sisera.
21 The torrent Kishon swept them away, the torrent attacked them, the torrent Kishon. Oh, you'll stomp on the necks of the strong! 21 The river Kishon swept them away, the age-old river, the river Kishon. March on, my soul; be strong!
22 Then the hoofs of the horses pounded, charging, stampeding stallions. 22 Then thundered the horses' hoofs-- galloping, galloping go his mighty steeds.
23 "Curse Meroz," says God's angel. "Curse, double curse, its people, Because they didn't come when God needed them, didn't rally to God's side with valiant fighters." 23 'Curse Meroz,' said the angel of the LORD. 'Curse its people bitterly, because they did not come to help the LORD, to help the LORD against the mighty.'
24 Most blessed of all women is Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite, most blessed of homemaking women. 24 "Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, most blessed of tent-dwelling women.
25 He asked for water, she brought milk; In a handsome bowl, she offered cream. 25 He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk.
26 She grabbed a tent peg in her left hand, with her right hand she seized a hammer. She hammered Sisera, she smashed his head, she drove a hole through his head. 26 Her hand reached for the tent peg, her right hand for the workman's hammer. She struck Sisera, she crushed his head, she shattered and pierced his temple.
27 He slumped at her feet. He fell. He sprawled. He slumped at her feet. He fell. Slumped. Fallen. Dead. 27 At her feet he sank, he fell; there he lay. At her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell--dead.
28 Sisera's mother waited at the window, a weary, anxious watch. "What's keeping his chariot? What delays his chariot's rumble?" 28 "Through the window peered Sisera's mother; behind the lattice she cried out, 'Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why is the clatter of his chariots delayed?'
29 The wisest of her ladies-in-waiting answers with calm, reassuring words, 29 The wisest of her ladies answer her; indeed, she keeps saying to herself,
30 "Don't you think they're busy at plunder, dividing up the loot? A girl, maybe two girls, for each man, And for Sisera a bright silk shirt, a prize, fancy silk shirt! And a colorful scarf - make it two scarves - to grace the neck of the plunderer." 30 'Are they not finding and dividing the spoils: a girl or two for each man, colorful garments as plunder for Sisera, colorful garments embroidered, highly embroidered garments for my neck-- all this as plunder?'
31 Thus may all God's enemies perish, while his lovers be like the unclouded sun. The land was quiet for forty years. 31 "So may all your enemies perish, O LORD! But may they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength." Then the land had peace forty years.