(The song of Deborah and Barak)
Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying:
That the leaders took the lead in Israel,
That the people have willingly offered themselves,
Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes!
I will sing; I, to Jehovah.
I will sing praise to Jehovah
The God of Israel.
Jehovah, when You went forth from Seir,
When You marched from the field of Edom,
The earth trembled, the heavens also dripped,
Indeed the clouds dripped water.
The mountains quaked at the presence of Jehovah,
Sinai there, at the presence of Jehovah the God of Israel.
In the days of aShamgar
the son of Anath,
In the days of Jael, the highways were not used;
And travelers went
On the roundabout paths.
The villages ceased to act;
They ceased in Israel;
, Deborah, rose up;
Until I rose up as a mother in Israel.
They chose new gods;
Then there was war in their gates.
Was a shield or a spear seen
Among forty thousand in Israel?
My heart is with the commanders of Israel,
Those who offered themselves willingly among the people.
Tell of it, you who ride on white donkeys,
You who sit on rich carpets,
And you who go upon the way.
Louder than the voice of those who distribute water among the watering
There they recount the righteous deeds of Jehovah,
His righteous acts toward His villages in Israel.
Then the people of Jehovah went down to the gates.
! Awake, Deborah!
Awake! Awake, speak forth a song!
And lead bcaptive
your captives, son of Abinoam.
Then a remnant of the nobles went down;
The people of Jehovah went adown
with me against the mighty:
From Ephraim, those who took root in Amalek;
Following you, Benjamin, with your peoples;
From Machir commanders came down,
And from Zebulun those who wielded the staff of him who marshals.
And the princes in Issachar were with Deborah;
And Issachar was true to Barak;
Into the valley they were sent behind him.
Among the divisions of Reuben
There were great resolutions in heart.
Why did you sit among the sheepfolds
Listening to the pipings for the flocks?
In the divisions of Reuben
There were great searchings of heart.
Gilead stayed across the Jordan.
And as for Dan, why did he remain with the ships?
Asher sat at the shore of the sea
And stayed at his landings.
was a people that despised their own lives even unto death;
And Naphtali, on the heights of the field.
The kings came; they fought.
At that time the kings of Canaan fought
In Taanach by the waters of Megiddo;
They took no gain of silver.
From heaven the stars fought;
From their courses they fought with Sisera.
The river Kishon swept them away,
The ancient river, the river Kishon.
March on, O my soul, with strength!
At that time the horse hooves stamped
With the prancing, the prancing of their mighty steeds.
Curse Meroz, says the aAngel
Bitterly curse its inhabitants.
For they bdid
not come to the aid of Jehovah,
To the aid of Jehovah against the mighty.
among women shall bJael
The wife of Heber the Kenite;
Blessed among the women in the tent shall she be.
He asked for water; she gave him amilk
In a bowl for nobles she presented him with cream.
She put her hand to the atent
And her right hand to the workman’s hammer;
Then she struck Sisera; she smashed his head;
Indeed she shattered and pierced his temples.
At her feet he bowed; he fell; he lay down.
At her feet he bowed; he fell.
Where he bowed, there he fell, destroyed.
Through the window one looks forth and cries shrilly;
The mother of Sisera, through the lattice:
Why is his chariot so long in coming?
Why do the tracks of his chariots delay?
The wisest of her ladies answer her,
And she herself returns an answer to herself:
Have they not found and divided the spoil?
A girl, two girls, to 1each
The spoil of dyed garments to Sisera,
The spoil of embroidered, dyed garments;
A dyed embroidery, two embroideries,
For the neck of the spoiler.
May all Your enemies so aperish
, O Jehovah.
But may those who love Him be like the bsun
When it rises in its cmight
And the land had drest