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3 And the Children of Israel cried unto the LORD: 'for he had nine hundred Chariots of Iron ; and twenty Years he mightily oppressed the Children of Israel,
4 And Deborah a Prophetess, the judged Israel at that time.
5 And she dwelt under the Palm-tree of Deborah, and the Children of Israel came up to her for Judgment.
6 And she sent and called Barak the Son of Abinoam, out of Kadesh-naphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go, and draw toward Mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand Men of the Children of Naphtali, and of the Children of Zebulun?
7 And I will draw unto thee, to the River Kishon, Sisera the Captain of Jabin's Army, with his Chariots, and I will deliver him into thine Hand.
8 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go : but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.
9 And she said, I will surely go with thee : notwithstanding the Journey that thou takest, shall not be for thine Honour; for the LORD shall se!l Sisera into the Hand of a Woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kadesh.
10 And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kadesh, and he went up with ten thousand Men at his Feet : and Deborah went up with him.
12 And they shewed Sisera, that Barak was gone up to Mount Tabor.
13 And Sisera gathered nine hundred Chariots of Iron.
14 And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the Day in which the LORD hath delivered Sisera into thine Hand : is not the Lord gone out before thee? So Barak went down from Mount Tabor, and ten thousand Men after him.
15 And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all bis Chari
rak; so that Sisera lighted down off his Chariot, and Aed away on his Feet.
16 But Barak pursued : and all the Host of Sisera fell upon the Edge of the Sword, and there was not a Man left. 17 Howbeit, Sisera fled away on his Feet to the Tent of
Jael the Wife of Heber the Kenite : for there was a Peace between Jabin the King of Hazor, and the House of Heber the Kenite.
18 And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my Lord, turn in to me, fear not: and when he had turned in unto her, into the Tent, the covered him with a Mantle.
19 And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little Water to drink, for I am thirsty : and the opened a Bottle of Milk, and gave him Drink, and covered him.
20 Again he said unto her, Stand in the Door of the Tent, and it Thall be when any Man doth come and enquire of thee and say, Is there any Man here? that thou shalt fay, No.
21 Then Jael took a Nail of the Tent, and took an Hammer in her Hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the Nail into his Temples, and fastned it into the Ground : (for he was faf asleep and weary) so he died.
22 And hehold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will thew thee the Man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her Tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the Nail was in his Temples.
23 So God subdued on that Day Jabin the King of Ca. naan before the Children of Israel.
24 And the Hand of the Children of Israel prospered, and prevailed against Jabin the King of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin King of Canaan.
CH A P. V.
The Song of Deborah and Barak,
Ver. i T HEN fang Deborah and Barak the Son of Abino
T am, on that Day, saying, . 2 Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the People willingly offered themselves.
3 Hear, Oye Kings, give ear, Oye PRINCES; I, even I will sing unto the LORD, I will fing Praise to the Lord God of Israel.
4 LORD, when thou went- d Psal. Ixviii. 7 O GOD, when thou est out of Seir, when thou
.wentelt forth before thy People ;
moon when thou didt ma.ch through the MARCHEDST out of thé Field wilderness.
of EDOM. the EARTH 8 The EARTH SHOOK, the Hea
VENS also DROPPED at the PRESENCE TREMBLED, and the HEA
of God: even Sinai itself was moVENS DROPPED, the CLOUDS ved at the Presence of God, the God allo DROPPED WATER. of Irael
in The Lord gave the Word, great was the Company of those that published it.
12 Kings of ARMIES did FLEE apace : and she that carried at home divided the Spoil.
14 When the ALMIGHTY scattered Kings in it, it was as white as Snow in Salmon.
se The MOUNTAINS Isa. Ixiv. 3 When thou didit TERMELTED from before the
RIBLE THINGS, which we looked not
for, thou cameft down, the MOUNLORD, even that Sinal from TAINS FLOWED down ar thy PRESENCE. before the Lord God of Israel.
6 In the Days of Shamgar the Son of Anath, in the Days of Jael, the Highways were unoccupied, and the Travellers walked through By-ways.
7 The Inhabitants of the Villages ceased, they ceased in Jsrael, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a Mother in Israel?
8 They chose new Gods; then was War in the Gates : was there a Shield or Spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
9 My Heart is toward the Governours of Israel, that of. fered themselves willingly among the People : Bless ye the LORD.
10 Speak ye that ride on white Afles, ye that fit in JUDGMENT, and walk by the way.
u 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 towards the Inhabitants of his Villages in Israel : then shall the People of the Lord go down to the Gates.
12 Awake, awake, Deborah : awake, awake, utter a Song : arise Barak, and lead thy Captivity Captive, thou Son of Abinoam.
13. Then he made him that remaineth have Dominion over the Nobles among the People : the Lord made me have Dominion over the Mighty.
14 Out of Ephraim was there a Root of them against Amalek ; after thee Benjamin, among thy People: out of Machir came down Governours, and out of Zebulun they that handle the Pen of the Writer. 15 And the Princes of Iffachar were with Deborah : even
4022 Then wethe Pranfines the Angel of ten ehey car
Issachar, and also Barak, he was sent on foot into the Valley : for the Divisions of Reuben there were great Thoughts
of Heart. ... 16 Why' abodest thou among the Sheep-folds, to hear the Bleatings of the Flocks ? for the Divisions of Reuben there were great Searchings of Heart. : 17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan : and why did Dan remain in Ships ? Asher continued on the Sea-fhore, and abode in his Breaches.
18 Zebulan and Naphtali were a People that jeoparded their Lives unto the Death, in the high Places of the Field. - 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.
20 They fought from Heaven, the Stars in their Courses fought against Sisera.
21 The River of Kishon swept them away, that ancient River, the River Kishon : O my Soul, thou hast troden down Strength.
22 Then were the Horse-hoofs broken, by the means of the Pransings, the Pransings of their mighty Ones.
23 Curse ye Meroz (said the Angel of the LORD) curse ye bitterly the Inhabitants thereof : because they came not to the Help of the LORD, to the Help of the LORD against the Mighty.
24 Blessed above Women shall Jael the Wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above Women in the Tent.
25 He asked Water, and she gave him Milk, she brought forth Butter in a lordly Dish.
26 She put her Hand to the Nail, and her Right Hand to the Workman's Hammer : and with the Hammer the smote Sisera, she smote off his Head, when she had pierced, and stricken through his Temples.
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.
28 The Mother of Sisera looked out at a Window, and cried through the Laitess, Why is his Chariot so long in coming ? why tarry the Wheels of his Chariot ?
29 Her wife Ladies answered her, yea, the returned Answer to herself,
30 Have they not sped ? have they not divided the Prey,
the W. put heroidly Did he gave him
to every Man a Damsel or two? to Sisera a Prey of divers Colours, a Prey of divers Colours of Needle-work, of divers Colours of Needle-work on both sides, meet for the Necks of them that take the Spoil.
31 So let all thine Enemies perish, O LORD : but let them that love him, be as the Sun when he goeth forth in his Might. And the Land had Rest forty Years.
CH A P. VI.
i The Israelites for their Sins are oppresed by Midian : 8 A
Prophet rebuketh them : 11 Gideon delivereth them.
Ver. 1 AND the Children of Israel did Evil in the fight of
n the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the Hand of Midian seven Years.
2 And the Hand of Midian prevailed against Israel : and because of the Midianites the Children of Israel made them the Dens which are in the Mountains, and Caves, and strong Holds.
6 And Israel was greatly impoverished, because of the Midianites ; and the Children of Israel cried unto the
8 And the Lord sent a Prophet unto the Children of Ilrael, which said unto them, Thus faith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the House of Bondage.
9 And I delivered you out of the Hand of the Egyptians, and out of the Hand of all that opprefled you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their Land;
10 And I said unto you, I am the Lord your God, fear not the Gods of the Amorites in whose Land ye dwell : but ye have not obeyed my Voice."
11 And there came an Angel of the LORD, and fat under an Oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite : and his Son Gideon threshed Wheat by the Wine-press, to hide it from the Midianites.
12 And the Angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and faid unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty Man of Valour.
13 f And Gideon said un- Heb. xi. 32 What shall I more to him, On my Lord, if the teil of GIDEON, and of Bagac, and to him. Oh my Lord, if the say? for the time would fail me to LORD be with us, why then of Samson, and of JEPHTHAL, of
my vries in the ten their