- At that time Deborah and Barak, the son of Abinoam, made this song, saying:
- Because of the flowing hair of the fighters in Israel, because the people gave themselves freely, give praise to the Lord.
- Give attention, O kings;
give ear, O rulers;
I, even I, will make a song to the Lord;
I will make melody to the Lord, the God of Israel.
- Lord, when you went out from Seir, moving like an army from the field of Edom, the earth was shaking and the heavens were troubled, and the clouds were dropping water.
- The mountains were shaking before the Lord, before the Lord, the God of Israel.
- In the days of Shamgar, the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were not used, and travellers went by side roads.
- Country towns were no more in Israel, *** were no more, till you, Deborah, came up, till you came up as a mother in Israel.
- They had no one to make arms, there were no more armed men in the towns;
was there a body-cover or a spear to be seen among forty thousand in Israel?
- Come, you rulers of Israel, you who gave yourselves freely among the people: give praise to the Lord.
- Let them give thought to it, who go on white asses, and those who are walking on the road.
- Give ear to the women laughing by the water-springs;
there they will give again the story of the upright acts of the Lord, all the upright acts of his arm in Israel.
give a song: Up!
Barak, and take prisoner those who took you prisoner, O son of Abinoam.
- Then the chiefs went down to the doors;
the Lord's people went down among the strong ones.
- Out of Ephraim they came down into the valley;
after you, Benjamin, among your tribesmen;
from Machir came down the captains, and from Zebulun those in whose hand is the ruler's rod.
- Your chiefs, Issachar, were with Deborah;
and Naphtali was true to Barak;
into the valley they went rushing out at his feet.
In Reuben there were divisions, and great searchings of heart.
- Why did you keep quiet among the sheep, hearing nothing but the watchers piping to the flocks?
- Gilead was living over Jordan;
and Dan was waiting in his ships;
Asher kept in his place by the sea's edge, living by his inlets.
- It was the people of Zebulun who put their lives in danger, even to death, with Naphtali on the high places of the field.
- The kings came on to the fight, the kings of Canaan were warring;
in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo: they took no profit in money.
- The stars from heaven were fighting;
from their highways they were fighting against Sisera.
- The river Kishon took them violently away, stopping their flight, the river Kishon.
Give praise, O my soul, to the strength of the Lord!
- Then loudly the feet of the horses were sounding with the stamping, the stamping of their war-horses.
- A curse, a curse on Meroz!
said the angel of the Lord.
A bitter curse on her townspeople!
Because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord among the strong ones.
- Blessings be on Jael, more than on all women!
Blessings greater than on any in the tents!
- His request was for water, she gave him milk;
she put butter before him on a fair plate.
- She put out her hand to the tent-pin, and her right hand to the workman's hammer;
and she gave Sisera a blow, crushing his head, wounding and driving through his brow.
- Bent at her feet he went down, he was stretched out;
bent at her feet he went down;
where he was bent down, there he went down in death.
- Looking out from the window she gave a cry, the mother of Sisera was crying out through the window, Why is his carriage so long in coming?
When will the noise of his wheels be sounding?
- Her wise women gave answer to her, yes, she made answer again to herself,
- Are they not getting, are they not parting the goods among them: a young girl or two to every man;
and to Sisera robes of coloured needlework, worked in fair colours on this side and on that, for the neck of the queen?
- So may destruction come on all your haters, O Lord;
but let your lovers be like the sun going out in his strength.
And for forty years the land had peace.