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Judges 5 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Song of Deborah

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:1 - On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:2 - “When the princes in Israel take the lead, when the people willingly offer themselves— praise the LORD!
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:3 - “Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I, even I, will sing to[fn] the LORD; I will praise the LORD, the God of Israel, in song.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:4 - “When you, LORD, went out from Seir, when you marched from the land of Edom, the earth shook, the heavens poured, the clouds poured down water.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:5 - The mountains quaked before the LORD, the One of Sinai, before the LORD, the God of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:6 - “In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned; travelers took to winding paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:7 - Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:8 - God chose new leaders when war came to the city gates, but not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:9 - My heart is with Israel’s princes, with the willing volunteers among the people. Praise the LORD!
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:10 - “You who ride on white donkeys, sitting on your saddle blankets, and you who walk along the road, consider
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:11 - the voice of the singers[fn] at the watering places. They recite the victories of the LORD, the victories of his villagers in Israel. “Then the people of the LORD went down to the city gates.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:12 - ‘Wake up, wake up, Deborah! Wake up, wake up, break out in song! Arise, Barak! Take captive your captives, son of Abinoam.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:13 - “The remnant of the nobles came down; the people of the LORD came down to me against the mighty.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:14 - Some came from Ephraim, whose roots were in Amalek; Benjamin was with the people who followed you. From Makir captains came down, from Zebulun those who bear a commander’s[fn] staff.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:15 - The princes of Issachar were with Deborah; yes, Issachar was with Barak, sent under his command into the valley. In the districts of Reuben there was much searching of heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:16 - Why did you stay among the sheep pens[fn] to hear the whistling for the flocks? In the districts of Reuben there was much searching of heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:17 - Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan. And Dan, why did he linger by the ships? Asher remained on the coast and stayed in his coves.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:18 - The people of Zebulun risked their very lives; so did Naphtali on the terraced fields.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:19 - “Kings came, they fought, the kings of Canaan fought. At Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo, they took no plunder of silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:20 - From the heavens the stars fought, from their courses they fought against Sisera.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:21 - The river Kishon swept them away, the age-old river, the river Kishon. March on, my soul; be strong!
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:22 - Then thundered the horses’ hooves— galloping, galloping go his mighty steeds.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:23 - ‘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.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:24 - “Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, most blessed of tent-dwelling women.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:25 - He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:26 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:27 - At her feet he sank, he fell; there he lay. At her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell—dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:28 - “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?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:29 - The wisest of her ladies answer her; indeed, she keeps saying to herself,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:30 - ‘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?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 5:31 - “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.
NIV Footnotes
Or of
The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
Or the campfires; or the saddlebags

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