Judges 5:1-7, 24-27, 31

The Song of Deborah

5Then Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying:2 ‘When locks are long in Israel,   when the people offer themselves willingly—   bless the Lord! 3 ‘Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes;   to the Lord I will sing,   I will make melody to the Lord, the God of Israel. 4Lord, when you went out from Seir,   when you marched from the region of Edom,the earth trembled,   and the heavens poured,   the clouds indeed poured water.5 The mountains quaked before the Lord, the One of Sinai,   before the Lord, 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.7 The peasantry prospered in Israel,   they grew fat on plunder,because you arose, Deborah,   arose as a mother in Israel.24 ‘Most blessed of women be Jael,   the wife of Heber the Kenite,   of tent-dwelling women most blessed.25 He asked water and she gave him milk,   she brought him curds in a lordly bowl.26 She 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.27 He sank, he fell,   he lay still at her feet;at her feet he sank, he fell;   where he sank, there he fell dead. 31 ‘So perish all your enemies, O Lord!   But may your friends be like the sun as it rises in its might.’ And the land had rest for forty years.
Judges 4:1-10, 12-16

Deborah and Barak

4The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, after Ehud died.2So the Lord sold them into the hand of King Jabin of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-ha-goiim.3Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord for help; for he had nine hundred chariots of iron, and had oppressed the Israelites cruelly for twenty years. At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel.5She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgement.6She sent and summoned Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, ‘The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you, “Go, take position at Mount Tabor, bringing ten thousand from the tribe of Naphtali and the tribe of Zebulun.7I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the Wadi Kishon with his chariots and his troops; and I will give him into your hand.” 8Barak said to her, ‘If you will go with me, I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.’9And she said, ‘I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.’ Then Deborah got up and went with Barak to Kedesh.10Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and ten thousand warriors went up behind him; and Deborah went up with him. 12 When Sisera was told that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor,13Sisera called out all his chariots, nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the troops who were with him, from Harosheth-ha-goiim to the Wadi Kishon.14Then Deborah said to Barak, ‘Up! For this is the day on which the Lord has given Sisera into your hand. The Lord is indeed going out before you.’ So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand warriors following him.15And the Lord threw Sisera and all his chariots and all his army into a panic before Barak; Sisera got down from his chariot and fled away on foot,16while Barak pursued the chariots and the army to Harosheth-ha-goiim. All the army of Sisera fell by the sword; no one was left.