Judges 5:24-31

24 “Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, most blessed of tent-dwelling women.
25 He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk.
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 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 “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 answer her; indeed, she keeps saying to herself,
30 ‘Are they not finding and dividing the spoils: a woman 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 “So may all your enemies perish, LORD! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.” Then the land had peace forty years.

Judges 5:24 in Other Translations

KJV
24 Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.
ESV
24 "Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, of tent-dwelling women most blessed.
NLT
24 “Most blessed among women is Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite. May she be blessed above all women who live in tents.
MSG
24 Most blessed of all women is Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite, most blessed of homemaking women.
CSB
24 Jael is most blessed of women, the wife of Heber the Kenite; she is most blessed among tent-dwelling women.

Judges 5:24-31 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JUDGES 5

This chapter contains a song of praise on account of the victories obtained over Jabin, and his kingdom; after an exhortation to praise is given, and kings excited to attend to it, the majestic appearance of God at Seir, on Sinai, is observed, to raise in the mind a divine veneration of him, Jud 5:1-5; then the miserable state and condition Israel was in before these victories, and therefore had the more reason to be thankful, Jud 5:6-8; the governors, and judges, and the people that were delivered, together with Deborah and Barak, are stirred up to rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord, and bless his name, Jud 5:9-13; and those who willingly engaged in the war are praised, and such who were negligent reproved, and some even cursed, Jud 5:14-23; but Jael, Heber's wife, is particularly commended for her exploit in slaying Sisera, Jud 5:24-27; and the mother of Sisera, and her ladies, are represented as wondering at his long delay, and as assured of his having got the victory, Jud 5:28-30; and the song is concluded with a prayer for the destruction, of the enemies of the Lord, and for the happiness and glory of them that love him, Jud 5:31.

Judges 5:24-31 In-Context

22 Then thundered the horses’ hooves— galloping, galloping go his mighty steeds.
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 women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, most blessed of tent-dwelling women.
25 He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk.
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 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 “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 answer her; indeed, she keeps saying to herself,
30 ‘Are they not finding and dividing the spoils: a woman 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 “So may all your enemies perish, LORD! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.” Then the land had peace forty years.

Cross References 15

  • 1. Luke 1:42
  • 2. S Judges 4:17
  • 3. S Genesis 15:19
  • 4. S Genesis 18:8; Judges 4:19
  • 5. Judges 4:21
  • 6. Judges 4:22
  • 7. S Joshua 2:15
  • 8. Proverbs 7:6
  • 9. Exodus 15:9; 1 Samuel 30:24; Psalms 68:12
  • 10. Psalms 45:14; Ezekiel 16:10
  • 11. ver 19; 2 Samuel 1:24
  • 12. S Numbers 10:35
  • 13. 2 Samuel 23:4; Job 37:21; Psalms 19:4; Psalms 89:36; Isaiah 18:4
  • 14. 2 Samuel 18:32
  • 15. S Judges 3:11
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