|1||Then sang Deb'orah and Barak the son of Abin'o-am on that day:||The Song of Deborah.|
|2||"That the leaders took the lead in Israel, that the people offered themselves willingly, |
bless the LORD!
|3||"Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes; |
to the LORD I will sing,
I will make melody to the LORD,
the God of Israel.
|4||"LORD, when thou didst go forth from Se'ir, |
when thou didst march from the region of Edom,
the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped,
yea, the clouds dropped water.
|5||The mountains quaked before the LORD, |
yon Sinai before the LORD, the God of Israel.
|6||"In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath, |
in the days of Ja'el, caravans ceased
and travelers kept to the byways.
|7||The peasantry ceased in Israel, |
they ceased until you arose,
Deb'orah, arose as a mother in Israel.
|8||When new gods were chosen, |
then war was in the gates.
Was shield or spear to be seen
among forty thousand in Israel?
|9||My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel who offered themselves willingly among the people. |
Bless the LORD.
|10||"Tell of it, you who ride on tawny asses, |
you who sit on rich carpets
and you who walk by the way.
|11||To the sound of musicians at the watering places, |
there they repeat the triumphs of the LORD,
the triumphs of his peasantry in Israel.
"Then down to the gates marched the people of the LORD.
|12||"Awake, awake, Deb'orah! |
Awake, awake, utter a song!
Arise, Barak, lead away your captives,
O son of Abin'o-am.
|13||Then down marched the remnant of the noble; |
the people of the LORD marched down for him against the mighty.
|14||From E'phraim they set out thither into the valley, |
following you, Benjamin, with your kinsmen;
from Machir marched down the commanders,
and from Zeb'ulun those who bear the marshal's staff;
|15||the princes of Is'sachar came with Deb'orah, |
and Is'sachar faithful to Barak;
into the valley they rushed forth at his heels.
Among the clans of Reuben
there were great searchings of heart.
|16||Why did you tarry among the sheepfolds, |
to hear the piping for the flocks?
Among the clans of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.
|17||Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan; |
and Dan, why did he abide with the ships?
Asher sat still at the coast of the sea,
settling down by his landings.
|18||Zeb'ulun is a people that jeoparded their lives to the death; |
Naph'tali too, on the heights of the field.
|19||"The kings came, they fought; |
then fought the kings of Canaan,
at Ta'anach, by the waters of Megid'do;
they got no spoils of silver.
|20||From heaven fought the stars, |
from their courses they fought against Sis'era.
|21||The torrent Kishon swept them away, |
the onrushing 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 bitterly its inhabitants,
because they came not to the help of the LORD,
to the help of the LORD against the mighty.
|24||"Most blessed of women be Ja'el, |
the wife of Heber the Ken'ite,
of tent-dwelling women most blessed.
|25||He asked water and she gave him milk, |
she brought him curds in a lordly bowl.
|26||She put her hand to the tent peg |
and her right hand to the workmen's mallet;
she struck Sis'era a blow,
she crushed his head,
she shattered and pierced his temple.
|27||He sank, he fell, he lay still at her feet; |
at her feet he sank, he fell;
where he sank, there he fell dead.
|28||"Out of the window she peered, |
the mother of Sis'era gazed through the lattice:
'Why is his chariot so long in coming?
Why tarry the hoofbeats of his chariots?'
|29||Her wisest ladies make answer, |
nay, she gives answer to herself,
|30||'Are they not finding and dividing the spoil? - |
A maiden or two for every man;
spoil of dyed stuffs for Sis'era,
spoil of dyed stuffs embroidered,
two pieces of dyed work embroidered for my neck as spoil?'
|31||"So perish all thine enemies, O LORD! |
But thy friends be like the sun as he rises in his might." And the land had rest for forty years.
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