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JUDGES ยท Chapter 5

5:1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,
5:2 Praise all of you the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.
5:3 Hear, O all of you kings; give ear, O all of you princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.
5:4 LORD, when you went out of Seir, when you marched out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water.
5:5 The mountains melted from before the LORD, even that Sinai from before the LORD God of Israel.
5:6 In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.
5:7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.
5:8 They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
5:9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless all of you the LORD.
5:10 Speak, all of you that ride on white asses, all of you that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.
5:11 They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the LORD, even the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel: then shall the people of the LORD go down to the gates.
5:12 Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead your captivity captive, you son of Abinoam.
5:13 Then he made him that remains have dominion over the nobles among the people: the LORD made me have dominion over the mighty.
5:14 Out of Ephraim was there a root of them against Amalek; after you, Benjamin, among your people; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer.
5:15 And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts of heart.
5:16 Why abode you among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.
5:17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches.
5:18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeopardized their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.
5:19 The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money.
5:20 They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.
5:21 The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, you have trodden down strength.
5:22 Then were the horse-hoofs broken by the means of the prancings, the prancings of their mighty ones.
5:23 Curse all of you Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse all of you bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.
5:24 Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.
5:25 He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
5:26 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she stroke Sisera, she stroke off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.
5:27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.
5:28 The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?
5:29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself,
5:30 Have they not succeeded? have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours of needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take the spoil?
5:31 So let all of your enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goes forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

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