- Then sang Deborah, and Barak the sonne of Abinoam the same day, saying,
- Praise ye the Lord for the auenging of Israel, and for the people that offred themselues willingly.
- Heare, ye Kings, hearken ye princes: I, euen I will sing vnto the Lord: I will sing praise vnto the Lord God of Israel.
- Lorde, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou departedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heauens rained, the cloudes also dropped water.
- The mountaines melted before the Lord, as did that Sinai before the Lord God of Israel.
- In the dayes of Shamgar the sonne of Anath, in the dayes of Iael the hie wayes were vnoccupied, and the trauelers walked through by wayes.
- The townes were not inhabited: they decayed, I say, in Israel, vntill I Deborah came vp, which rose vp a mother in Israel.
- They chose new gods: then was warre in the gates.
Was there a shielde or speare seene among fourtie thousand of Israel?
- Mine heart is set on the gouernours of Israel, and on them that are willing among the people: praise ye the Lord.
- Speake ye that ride on white asses, yee that dwel by Middin, & that walke by the way.
- For the noyse of the archers appaised among the drawers of water: there shal they rehearse the righteousnesse of the Lorde, his righteousnesse of his townes in Israel: then did the people of the Lord goe downe to the gates.
- Vp Deborah, vp, arise, and sing a song: arise Barak, and leade thy captiuitie captiue, thou sonne of Abinoam.
- For they that remaine, haue dominio ouer the mightie of the people: the Lorde hath giuen me dominion ouer the strong.
- Of Ephraim their roote arose against Amalek: & after thee, Beniamin shall fight against thy people, O Amalek: of Machir came rulers, & of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer.
- And the Princes of Issachar were with Deborah, and Issachar, and also Barak: he was set on his feete in the valley: for the diuisions of Reuben were great thoughts of heart.
- Why abodest thou among the sheepefolds, to heare the bleatings of the flockes?
for the diuisions of Reuben were great thoughts of heart.
- Gilead abode beyonde Iorden: and why doeth Dan remayne in shippes?
Asher sate on the sea shoare, and taryed in his decayed places.
- But the people of Zebulun and Naphtali haue ieopard their liues vnto the death in the hie places of the field.
- The Kings came and fought: then fought the Kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo: they receiued no gaine of money.
- They fought from heauen, euen the starres in their courses fought against Sisera.
- The Riuer Kishon swepe them away, that ancient riuer the riuer Kishon.
O my soule, thou hast marched valiantly.
- Then were the horsehooues broken with the oft beating together of their mightie men.
- Curse ye Meroz: (sayd the Angel of the Lorde) curse the inhabitantes thereof, because they came not to helpe the Lorde, to helpe the Lord against the mighty.
- Iael the wife of Heber the Kenite shall be blessed aboue other women: blessed shall she be aboue women dwelling in tentes.
- He asked water, and shee gaue him milke: she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
- She put her hand to the naile, & her right hand to the workemans hammer: with the hammer smote she Sisera: she smote off his head, after she had wounded, and pearsed his temples.
- He bowed him downe at her feete, he fell downe, and lay still: at her feete hee bowed him downe, and fell: and when he had sunke downe, he lay there dead.
- The mother of Sisera looked out at a windowe, and cryed thorowe the lattesse, Why is his charet so long a comming?
why tary the wheeles of his charets?
- Her wise ladies answered her, Yea.
Shee answered her selfe with her owne wordes,
- Haue they not gotten, and they deuide the spoyle?
euery man hath a mayde or two.
Sisera hath a praye of diuers coloured garmentes, a pray of sundry colours made of needle worke: of diuers colours of needle worke on both sides, for the chiefe of the spoyle.
- So let all thine enemies perish, O Lorde: but they that loue him, shall be as the Sunne when he riseth in his might, and the lande had rest fourtie yeres.