NASB — Judges 4 — KJV

Deborah and Barak Deliver from Canaanites

1 Then athe sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, after Ehud died. 2 And the LORD sold them into the hand of aJabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; and the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in bHarosheth-hagoyim. 3 The sons of Israel cried to the LORD; for he had nine hundred airon chariots, and he oppressed the sons of Israel severely for twenty years.

[1] aJg 2:19
[2] aJsh 11:1, 10 bJg 4:13, 16
[3] aJg 1:19

4 ¶ Now Deborah, a Iprophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. 5 She used to Isit under the apalm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the sons of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6 Now she sent and summoned aBarak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali, and said to him, “IBehold, the LORD, the God of Israel, has commanded, ‘Go and march to Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand men from the sons of Naphtali and from the sons of Zebulun. 7 I will draw out to you Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his Imany [troops] to the river Kishon, and aI will give him into your hand.’” 8 Then Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” 9 She said, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the honor shall not be yours on the journey that you are about to take, afor the LORD will sell Sisera into the hands of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh. 10 Barak called aZebulun and Naphtali together to Kedesh, and ten thousand men went up Ibwith him; Deborah also went up with him.

[4] ILit woman prophetess
[5] IOr live aGn 35:8
[6] IOr Has not...commanded...? aHe 11:32
[7] ILit multitude aPs 83:9
[9] aJg 4:21
[10] ILit at his feet aJg 5:18 bJg 4:14; 5:15

11 ¶ Now Heber athe Kenite had separated himself from the Kenites, from the sons of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had pitched his tent as far away as the Ioak in bZaanannim, which is near Kedesh.

[11] IOr terebinth aJg 1:16 bJsh 19:33

12 ¶ Then they told Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor. 13 Sisera called together all his chariots, anine hundred iron chariots, and all the people who [were] with him, from bHarosheth-hagoyim to the river Kishon. 14 Deborah said to Barak, “Arise! For this is the day in which the LORD has given Sisera into your hands; Ibehold, athe LORD has gone out before you.” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him. 15 aThe LORD Irouted Sisera and all [his] chariots and all [his] army with the edge of the sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from [his] chariot and fled away on foot. 16 But Barak pursued the chariots and the army as far as Harosheth-hagoyim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; anot even one was left.

[13] aJg 4:3 bJg 4:2
[14] IOr has not the LORD gone...? aDt 9:3; 2S 5:24; Ps 68:7
[15] ILit confused aDt 7:23; Jsh 10:10
[16] aEx 14:28; Ps 83:9

17 ¶ Now Sisera fled away on foot to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite, for [there was] peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. 18 Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him, “Turn aside, my master, turn aside to me! Do not be afraid.” And he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a Irug. 19 aHe said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a Ibottle of milk and gave him a drink; then she covered him. 20 He said to her, “Stand in the doorway of the tent, and it shall be if anyone comes and inquires of you, and says, ‘Is there anyone here?’ that you shall say, ‘No.’” 21 But Jael, Heber’s wife, atook a tent peg and Iseized a hammer in her hand, and went secretly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went through into the ground; for he was sound asleep and exhausted. So he died. 22 And behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him and said to him, “Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking.” And he entered Iwith her, and behold Sisera was lying dead with the tent peg in his temple.

[18] IOr blanket
[19] II.e. skin container aJg 5:24-27
[21] ILit placed aJg 5:26
[22] ILit to

23 ¶ So aGod subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the sons of Israel. 24 The hand of the sons of Israel pressed heavier and heavier upon Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had Idestroyed Jabin the king of Canaan.

[23] aNe 9:24; Ps 18:47
[24] ILit cut off


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Deborah and Barak deliver Israel from Jabin and Sisera.

1 ¶ And the children of Israel again¬ did¬ evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead.¬ 2 And the LORD sold¬ them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned¬ in Hazor; the captain of whose host [was] Sisera, which dwelt¬ in Harosheth of the Gentiles. 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.

[1] Lv 26:23; Jg 2:11, 19; 3:7, 12; 6:1; 10:6; Ne 9:23; Ps 106:43; Jr 5:3.
[2] Jsh 11:1, 10; 19:36; Jg 2:14; 4:13, 16; 10:7; 1S 12:9; Ps 83:9; Is 50:1; Mt 18:25.
[3] Dt 28:29, 33, 47; Jsh 17:16; Jg 1:19; 3:9, 15; 5:8; 10:16; 1S 7:8; Ps 50:15; 78:34; 106:42; Jr 2:27.

4 ¶ And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged¬ Israel at that time. 5 And she dwelt¬ under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up¬ to her for judgment. 6 And she sent¬ and called¬ Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, 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 his multitude; 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 sell¬ Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose,¬ and went¬ with Barak to Kedesh.

[4] Ex 15:20; 2K 22:14; Ne 6:14; Jol 2:28; Mi 6:4; Lk 2:36; Ac 21:9; 1Co 11:5; Ga 3:28.
[5] Gn 35:8; Ex 18:13, 16, 19, 26; Dt 17:8; Jsh 16:2; 18:22, 25; 1S 1:1, 19; 6:16; 25:1; 2S 15:2; Jr 31:15.
[6] Jsh 1:9; 19:32, 37; 21:32; Jg 4:10; 5:1, 14; 8:18; 1S 10:3; Ps 7:6; 89:12; Is 13:2; Jr 46:18; Ho 5:1; Ac 13:47; He 11:32.
[7] Ex 14:4; 21:13; Jsh 8:7; 10:8; 11:6, 20; Jg 4:14; 5:21; 1S 24:10, 18; 1K 18:40; Ps 83:9; Ezk 38:10; Jol 3:11.
[8] Ex 4:10; Mt 14:30.
[9] Jg 2:14; 4:17; 5:24; 9:54; 1S 2:30; 2S 20:21; 2Ch 26:18.

10 ¶ And Barak called¬ Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up¬ with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up¬ with him. 11 Now Heber the Kenite, [which was] of the children of Hobab the father in law¬ of Moses, had severed¬ himself from the Kenites, and pitched¬ his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which [is] by Kedesh. 12 And they shewed¬ Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up¬ to mount Tabor. 13 And Sisera gathered together¬ all his chariots, [even] nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that [were] with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon. 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 [his] chariots, and all [his] host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down¬ off [his] chariot, and fled away¬ on his feet. 16 But Barak pursued¬ after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: 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] peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.

[10] Ex 11:8; Jg 4:6; 5:15, 18; 1S 25:27; 1K 20:11.
[11] Ex 2:18; 3:1; 18:1; Nu 10:29; 24:21; Jsh 19:33, 37; Jg 1:16; 4:6.
[12] Jsh 19:12, 34; Jg 4:6; Ps 89:12; Jr 46:18.
[13] Jg 4:2, 7.
[14] Gn 19:14; 44:4; Dt 9:3; Jsh 7:13; Jg 4:8; 19:28; 1S 9:26; 2S 5:24; Ps 68:7; Is 52:12; Mi 2:13.
[15] Jsh 10:10; Jg 5:20; 2K 7:6; 2Ch 13:15; Ps 83:9; He 11:32.
[16] Lv 26:7; Jsh 10:19; 11:8; Ps 104:35; Is 43:17; Ro 2:12; Jm 2:13.
[17] Jg 5:6, 24; Jb 12:19; 18:7; 40:11; Ps 37:35; 69:22; 107:40; Pv 29:23; Is 57:21; Am 5:19.

Jael killeth Sisera.

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, she 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 she 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 shall be, when any man doth come¬ and enquire¬ of thee, and say,¬ Is there¬ any man here? that thou shalt say,¬ No. 21 Then Jael Heber's wife 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 fastened¬ it into the ground: for he was fast asleep¬ and weary.¬ So he died.¬ 22 And, behold, as Barak pursued¬ Sisera, Jael came out¬ to meet¬ him, and said¬ unto him, Come,¬ and I will shew¬ 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 Canaan 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.

[18] 2K 6:19.
[19] Gn 24:43; Jg 5:25; 1K 17:10; Is 41:17; Jn 4:7.
[20] Jsh 2:3; 2S 17:20.
[21] Ex 35:18; Jg 3:21, 31; 5:26, 27; 15:15; 1S 17:43, 49; Ps 3:7; 1Co 1:19, 27.
[22] 2S 17:3, 10.
[23] 1Ch 22:18; Ne 9:24; Ps 18:39, 47; 47:3; 81:14; 1Co 15:28; He 11:33.
[24] 1S 3:12.


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