Judges 5 (Today's New International Version)

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The Song of Deborah

1 On that day Deborah1 and Barak son of Abinoam2 sang this song:3 2 "When the princes in Israel take the lead, when the people willingly offer4 themselves-- praise the LORD!5 3 "Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I, even I, will sing toa the LORD;6 I will praise the LORD, the God of Israel, in song.7 4 "When you, LORD, went out8 from Seir,9 when you marched from the land of Edom, the earth shook,10 the heavens poured, the clouds poured down water.11 5 The mountains quaked12 before the LORD, the One of Sinai, before the LORD, the God of Israel. 6 "In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,13 in the days of Jael,14 the highways15 were abandoned; travelers took to winding paths.16 7 Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah,17 arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel. 8 God chose new leaders18 when war came to the city gates,19 but not a shield or spear20 was seen among forty thousand in Israel. 9 My heart is with Israel's princes, with the willing volunteers21 among the people. Praise the LORD! 10 "You who ride on white donkeys,22 sitting on your saddle blankets, and you who walk along the road, consider 11 the voice of the singersb at the watering places. They recite the victories23 of the LORD, the victories of his villagers in Israel. "Then the people of the LORD went down to the city gates.24 12 'Wake up,25 wake up, Deborah!26 Wake up, wake up, break out in song! Arise, Barak!27 Take captive your captives,28 son of Abinoam.' 13 "The remnant of the nobles came down; the people of the LORD came down to me against the mighty. 14 Some came from Ephraim,29 whose roots were in Amalek;30 Benjamin31 was with the people who followed you. From Makir32 captains came down, from Zebulun those who bear a commander'sc staff. 15 The princes of Issachar33 were with Deborah;34 yes, Issachar was with Barak,35 sent under his command into the valley. In the districts of Reuben there was much searching of heart. 16 Why did you stay among the sheep pensd36 to hear the whistling for the flocks?37 In the districts of Reuben there was much searching of heart. 17 Gilead38 stayed beyond the Jordan. And Dan, why did he linger by the ships? Asher39 remained on the coast40 and stayed in his coves. 18 The people of Zebulun41 risked their very lives; so did Naphtali42 on the terraced fields.43 19 "Kings came44, they fought, the kings of Canaan fought. At Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo,45 they took no plunder of silver.46 20 From the heavens47 the stars fought, from their courses they fought against Sisera. 21 The river Kishon48 swept them away, the age-old river, the river Kishon. March on, my soul; be strong!49 22 Then thundered the horses' hooves-- galloping, galloping go his mighty steeds.50 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 women51 be Jael,52 the wife of Heber the Kenite,53 most blessed of tent-dwelling women. 25 He asked for water, and she gave him milk;54 in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk. 26 Her hand reached for the tent peg, her right hand for the laborer's hammer. She struck Sisera, she crushed his head, she shattered and pierced his temple.55 27 At her feet he sank, he fell; there he lay. At her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell--dead56. 28 "Through the window57 peered Sisera's mother; behind the lattice she cried out,58 'Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why is the clatter of his chariots delayed?' 29 The wisest of her ladies answer her; indeed, she keeps saying to herself, 30 'Are they not finding and dividing the spoils:59 a woman or two for each man, colorful garments as plunder for Sisera, colorful garments embroidered, highly embroidered garments60 for my neck-- all this as plunder?61' 31 "So may all your enemies perish,62 LORD! But may all who love you be like the sun63 when it rises in its strength."64 Then the land had peace65 forty years.
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