The Song of Deborah and Barak

1 And Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang on that day:
2 "When long hair hangs loosely in Israel, when the people willingly offer themselves, bless Yahweh!
3 Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes! I will sing to Yahweh; I will sing praise to Yahweh, the God of Israel.
4 Yahweh, when you went down from Seir, when you marched from the region of Edom, the earth trembled, the heavens poured down, the clouds poured down water.
5 The mountains trembled before Yahweh, this Sinai, at the presence of Yahweh, the God of Israel.
6 "In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the caravans had ceased, {the travelers}, {they kept to the byways}.
7 The warriors ceased; they failed to appear in Israel, until I, Deborah, arose; I arose [as] a mother in Israel.
8 God chose new [leaders], then war [was at the] gates; a small shield or a spear was not seen among forty thousand in Israel.
9 My heart [goes out] to the commanders of Israel, those offering themselves willingly among the people; bless Yahweh!
10 The riders of white female donkeys, [those] sitting on saddle blankets, and [those] going on [the] way, talk about it!
11 At the sound of [those] dividing [the sheep] among the watering places, there they will recount the righteous deeds of Yahweh, the righteous deeds for his warriors in Israel. Then the people of Yahweh went down to the gates.
12 "Wake up, wake up, Deborah! Wake up, wake up, sing a song! Get up, Barak! Take captive your captives, O son of Abinoam.
13 Then [the] remnant went down to [the] nobles; the people of Yahweh went down for him against [the] mighty.
14 From Ephraim [is] their root into Amalek, after you, Benjamin, with your family; from Makir [the] commanders went down, and from Zebulun [those] carrying [the] scepter of [the] military commander.
15 And the chiefs in Issachar [were] with Deborah; and Issachar likewise [was with] Barak; into the valley {he was sent to get him from behind}. Among the clans of Reuben [were] great {decisions of the heart}.
16 Why do you sit among the sheepfolds, to hear [the] calling sounds of the herds? For the clans of Reuben, [there were] great searchings of the heart.
17 Gilead has remained beyond the Jordan. Why did Dan dwell as a foreigner [with] ships? Asher sat at [the] coast of [the] waters, and by his coves he has been settling down.
18 Zebulun [is] a people who scorned death, and Naphtali, on the heights of [the] field.
19 "The kings came, they fought; then the kings of Canaan fought; at Taanach by the waters of Megiddo, they got no plunder in silver.
20 The stars fought from heaven; from their courses they fought against Sisera.
21 The wadi torrent of Kishon swept them away, the raging wadi torrent, the wadi torrent of Kishon. March on, my soul, [with] strength!
22 "Then the hooves of the horse beat loudly, because of galloping, galloping of his stallions.
23 'Curse Meroz,' says the angel of Yahweh; 'curse bitterly its inhabitants, because they did not come to the help of Yahweh, to the help of Yahweh against the mighty.'
24 "Most blessed of women is Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite; most blessed is she of women among tent dwellers.
25 He asked for water, [and] she gave milk; in a drinking bowl for nobles, she brought curds.
26 She reached out her hand to the peg, and her right hand for the workman's hammer; and she struck Sisera, crushed his head, and she shattered and pierced his temple.
27 Between her feet he sank, he fell, he lay. Between her feet he sank down, he fell; Where he sank down, there he fell--{dead}.
28 "Through the window she looked down; the mother of Sisera cried out through the lattice, 'Why is his chariot delayed in coming? Why do the hoof beats of his chariot tarry?'
29 The wisest of her ladies answer her; she also answers the question herself:
30 'Are they not finding and dividing the plunder? {A bedmate or two bedmates for every man}; colorful garments for Sisera, plunder of colorful garments, beautifully finished colorful garments, on the neck of the plunderer?'
31 So may all your enemies perish, O Yahweh, but those who love him are like the rising sun at its brightest." And the land had rest for forty years.