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Judges 5:18

18 The people of Zebulun risked their very lives; so did Naphtali on the terraced fields.

Read Judges 5:18 Using Other Translations

Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.
Zebulun is a people who risked their lives to the death; Naphtali, too, on the heights of the field.
But Zebulun risked his life, as did Naphtali, on the heights of the battlefield.

What does Judges 5:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Judges 5:18

Zebulun and Naphtali were a people
These two tribes were chiefly concerned in this war; out of them were the 10,000 men that followed Barak, who willingly offered themselves, and were the most active and vigorous:

[that] jeoparded themselves unto the death;
exposed them to the utmost danger, fearless of death itself: or reproached F11 their lives; were careless of them, valued them not; they were not dear to them, but were ready to part with them freely, in the cause of liberty in which they were engaged:

in the high places of the field;
on the top of Mount Tabor, where they were mustered, and from whence they beheld the vast host of Sisera surrounding them; and yet, with an undaunted bravery and courage, descended the hill to fight with them. The Vulgate Latin version reads, "in the country of Merome"; in the plains and fields of it, near which were the waters of Merom, where Joshua fought Jabin, a former king of Canaan, and supposed by some to be the same with Kishon here, ( Joshua 11:5 ) ( Psalms 83:9 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F11 (Prx) "probris affecit", Pagninus; so the Targum.
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