Judges 5:1–5; Judges 5:19–31

The Song of Deborah and Barak

vThen sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day:

That the leaders took the lead in Israel,

that wthe people offered themselves willingly,

bless the Lord!

Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes;

to the Lord I will sing;

I will make melody to the Lord, the God of Israel.

Lord, xwhen you went out from Seir,

when you marched from the region of Edom,

ythe earth trembled

and the heavens dropped,

yes, the clouds dropped water.

The mountains zquaked before the Lord,

aeven Sinai before the Lord,1 the God of Israel.


19  The kings came, they fought;

then fought the kings of Canaan,

at uTaanach, by the waters of vMegiddo;

wthey got no spoils of silver.

20  xFrom heaven the stars fought,

from their courses they fought against Sisera.

21  yThe torrent Kishon swept them away,

the ancient torrent, the torrent Kishon.

March on, my soul, with might!

22  Then loud beat the horses’ hoofs

with the galloping, galloping of his steeds.

23  Curse Meroz, says the angel of the Lord,

curse its inhabitants thoroughly,

zbecause they did not come to the help of the Lord,

to the help of the Lord against the mighty.

24  Most blessed of women be aJael,

the wife of Heber the Kenite,

of tent-dwelling women most blessed.

25  bHe asked for water and she gave him milk;

she brought him curds in a noble’s bowl.

26  cShe sent her hand to the tent peg

and her right hand to the workmen’s mallet;

she struck Sisera;

she crushed his head;

she shattered and pierced his temple.

27  Between her feet

he sank, he fell, he lay still;

between her feet

he sank, he fell;

where he sank,

there he felldead.

28  dOut of the window she peered,

the mother of Sisera wailed through ethe lattice:

Why is his chariot so long in coming?

Why tarry the hoofbeats of his chariots?

29  Her wisest princesses answer,

indeed, she answers herself,

30  Have they not found and fdivided the spoil?

A womb or two for every man;

spoil of dyed materials for Sisera,

spoil of dyed materials embroidered,

two pieces of dyed work embroidered for the neck as spoil?

31  gSo may all your enemies perish, O Lord!

But your friends be hlike the sun ias he rises in his might.

jAnd the land had rest for forty years.