Deborah’s Song
1On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang:
2When the leaders lead5:2 Or the locks of hair are loose in Israel,
when the people volunteer,
blessed be the Lord.
3Listen, kings! Pay attention, princes!
I will sing to the Lord;
I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.
4 Lord, when you came from Seir,5:4 Gn 14:6; 36:8–9; Dt 2:1
when you marched from the fields of Edom,
the earth trembled,5:4 2Sm 22:8; Ps 18:7; Is 13:13; Ezk 38:20
the skies poured5:4 Jb 29:22; Ps 68:8; Pr 5:3; Jl 3:18 rain,
and the clouds poured water.
5The mountains melted before the Lord,
even Sinai,5:5 Or Lord, this one of Sinai before the Lord, the God of Israel.5:5 Ex 5:1; Dt 6:4; Ps 41:13

6In the days of Shamgar5:6 Jdg 3:31 son of Anath,
in the days of Jael,5:6 Jdg 4:17–22
the main roads were deserted
because travelers kept to the side roads.
7Villages were deserted,5:7 Hb obscure
they were deserted in Israel,
until I,5:7 Or you Deborah, arose,
a mother in Israel.
8Israel chose new gods,
then there was war in the city gates.
Not a shield or spear was seen
among forty thousand in Israel.
9My heart is with the leaders of Israel,
with the volunteers of the people.
Blessed be the Lord!
10You who ride on white5:10 Hb obscure donkeys,
who sit on saddle blankets,
and who travel on the road, give praise!
11Let them tell the righteous acts5:11 1Sm 12:7; Ps 103:6; Is 45:24; Mc 6:5 of the Lord,
the righteous deeds of his villagers in Israel,
with the voices of the singers at the watering places.5:11 Hb obscure
Then the Lord’s people went down to the city gates.
12“Awake! Awake, Deborah!
Awake! Awake, sing a song!
Arise, Barak,
and take your prisoners,
son of Abinoam!”
13Then the survivors5:13 Nm 21:35; Dt 2:34; Is 1:9 came down to the nobles;5:13 Jdg 5:25; 2Ch 23:20; Neh 3:5; 10:29; Ps 16:3; Jr 14:3; Nah 2:5; 3:18
the Lord’s people came down to me5:13 LXX reads down for him against the warriors.
14Those with their roots in Amalek5:14 LXX reads in the valley came from Ephraim;
Benjamin came with your people after you.
The leaders came down from Machir,5:14 Gn 50:23; Nm 26:29; 32:39–40; Jos 17:1; 2Sm 9:4–5
and those who carry a marshal’s staff came from Zebulun.
15The princes of Issachar were with Deborah;
Issachar was with Barak;
they were under his leadership5:15 Lit they set out as his feet5:15 Jdg 4:10 in the valley.
There was great searching5:15 Some Hb mss, Syr read There were great resolves of heart
among the clans of Reuben.
16Why did you sit among the sheep pens5:16 Or the campfires
listening to the playing of pipes for the flocks?
There was great searching of heart
among the clans of Reuben.
17Gilead5:17 Gn 31:25; Nm 32:40; Jdg 10:17–11:11 remained beyond the Jordan.
Dan, why did you linger at the ships?
Asher remained at the seashore
and stayed in his harbors.
18The people of Zebulun defied death,
Naphtali also, on the heights of the battlefield.

19Kings came and fought.
Then the kings of Canaan fought
at Taanach by the Waters of Megiddo,
but they did not plunder the silver.
20The stars fought from the heavens;
the stars fought with Sisera from their paths.
21The river Kishon swept them away,5:20–21 Jdg 4:15
the ancient river, the river Kishon.
March on, my soul, in strength!
22The horses’ hooves then hammered —
the galloping, galloping of his5:22 = Sisera’s stallions.
23“Curse Meroz,” says the angel of the Lord,
“Bitterly curse her inhabitants,
for they did not come to help the Lord,
to help the Lord with the warriors.”

24Most blessed of women is Jael,
the wife of Heber the Kenite;
she is most blessed among tent-dwelling women.
25He asked for water; she gave him milk.
She brought him cream5:25 Gn 18:8; Dt 32:14; 2Sm 17:29; Jb 20:17; 29:6; Pr 30:3; Is 7:15,22 in a majestic bowl.
26She reached for a tent peg,
her right hand, for a workman’s hammer.
Then she hammered Sisera —
she crushed his head;
she shattered and pierced his temple.
27He collapsed, he fell, he lay down between her feet;
he collapsed, he fell between her feet;
where he collapsed, there he fell — dead.

28Sisera’s mother looked through the window;
she peered through the lattice, crying out:
“Why is his chariot so long in coming?
Why don’t I hear the hoofbeats of his horses?” 5:28 Lit Why have the hoofbeats of his chariots delayed
29Her wisest princesses answer her;
she even answers herself:
30“Are they not finding and dividing the spoil —
a girl or two5:30 Lit a womb or two wombs for each warrior,
the spoil of colored garments for Sisera,
the spoil of an embroidered garment or two for my neck?” 5:30 Hb obscure

31 Lord, may all your enemies perish as Sisera did.5:31 Lit perish in this way
But may those who love him
be like the rising of the sun in its strength.
And the land had peace for forty years.