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The Song of Deborah.  Jdg.5.1-31

1Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day:

2"That the leaders took the lead in Israel, that the people offered themselves willingly, bless Yahweh!

3"Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes;
to Yahweh I will sing, I will make melody to Yahweh,
the God of Israel.

4"LORD, when you went forth from Seir,
when you marched from the region of Edom,
the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped,
yea, the clouds dropped water.
5The mountains quaked before Yahweh,
yon Sinai before Yahweh, the God of Israel.

6"In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath,
in the days of Jael, caravans ceased
and travellers kept to the byways.
7The peasantry ceased in Israel,
they ceased until you arose,
Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel.
8When new gods were chosen,
then war was in the gates.
Was shield or spear to be seen
among forty thousand in Israel?
9My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel who offered themselves willingly among the people.
Bless Yahweh.

10"Tell of it, you who ride on tawny asses,
you who sit on rich carpets
and you who walk by the way.
11To the sound of musicians at the watering places, there they repeat
the triumphs of Yahweh, the triumphs of his peasantry in Israel. "Then down to the gates marched
the people of Yahweh.

12"Awake, awake, Deborah!
Awake, awake, utter a song!
Arise, Barak, lead away your captives,
O son of Abinoam.
13Then down marched the remnant of the noble; the people of Yahweh
marched down for him against the mighty. 14From Ephraim they set out thither into the valley,
following you, Benjamin, with your kinsmen;
from Machir marched down the commanders,
and from Zebulun those who bear the marshal's staff;
15the princes of Issachar came with Deborah, and Issachar faithful to Barak; into the valley they rushed forth at his heels. Among the clans of Reuben
there were great searchings of heart. 16Why did you tarry among the sheepfolds, to hear the piping for the flocks? Among the clans of Reuben
there were great searchings of heart. 17Gilead 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.
18Zebulun is a people that jeoparded their lives to the death;
Naphtali too, on the heights of the field.

19"The kings came, they fought;
then fought the kings of Canaan,
at Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo;
they got no spoils of silver.
20From heaven fought the stars,
from their courses they fought against Sisera.
21The 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 Yahweh,
curse bitterly its inhabitants,
because they came not to the help of Yahweh,
to the help of Yahweh against the mighty.

24"Most blessed of women be Jael,
the wife of Heber the Kenite,
of tent-dwelling women most blessed.
25He asked water and she gave him milk,
she brought him curds in a lordly bowl.
26She put her hand to the tent peg
and her right hand to the workmen's mallet;
she struck Sisera a blow,
she crushed his head,
she shattered and pierced his temple.
27He 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 Sisera gazed through the lattice:
'Why is his chariot so long in coming?
Why tarry the hoofbeats of his chariots?
29Her 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 Sisera,
spoil of dyed stuffs embroidered,
two pieces of dyed work embroidered for my neck as spoil?

31"So perish all your enemies, O Yahweh! But your friends be like the sun as he rises in his might."

And the land had rest for forty years.
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