Judges 4



1 And the sons of Israel again did evil in the eyes of Jehovah; and Ehud was dead.

2 And Jehovah sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; and the commander of his army was Sisera, and he dwelt in Harosheth of the nations.

3 And the sons of Israel cried to Jehovah; for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and he subjugated the sons of Israel with firmness twenty years.

4 And the woman Deborah was 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 sons of Israel went·​·up to her for judgment.

6 And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali, and she said to him, Has not Jehovah, the God of Israel, commanded, Go and draw toward Mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men from the sons of naphtali, and from the sons of Zebulun.

7 And I will draw unto thee, to the Brook Kishon, Sisera, the commander of the army of Jabin, and his chariots and his multitude; and I will give him into thy 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, I will not go.

9 And she said, going I will go with thee; nonetheless the way that thou goest shall not be for thy splendor, for Jehovah shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.

10 And Barak called·​·up Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went·​·up with ten thousand men at his feet; and Deborah went·​·up with him.

11 And Cheber the Kenite of the sons of Chobab the father-in-law of Moses, had separated himself from the Kenites, and had stretched his tent, even·​·to the oak·​·grove of Zaanannim which is by Kedesh.

12 And they told Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam had gone·​·up to Mount Tabor.

13 And Sisera called·​·up all his chariots, the nine hundred chariots of iron and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the nations unto the brook Kishon.

14 And Deborah said unto Barak, Arise, for this is the day in which Jehovah has given Sisera into thy hands; is not Jehovah gone·​·out before thee? And Barak went·​·down from Mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.

15 And Jehovah routed Sisera, and all the chariots and all the camp with the mouth of the sword before Barak; and Sisera came·​·down from his chariot and fled on his feet.

16 And Barak pursued after the chariots and after the camp even·​·to Harosheth of the nations, and all the camp of Sisera fell to the mouth of the sword; there was not left even one.

17 And Sisera fled on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Cheber the Kenite; for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Cheber the Kenite.

18 And Jael went·​·out to meet Sisera, and said to him, Turn·​·aside, my lord, Turn·​·aside to me; fear not. And he turned·​·aside to her to the tent, and she covered him with a carpet.

19 And he said to her, Give· me, I pray thee, a·​·little water ·to·​·drink; for I thirst; and she opened the bottle* of milk, and gave· him ·drink and covered him.

20 And he said unto her, Stand at the entrance of the tent, and it shall be, when any man comes and asks thee, and says, Is·​·there a man here, that thou shalt say, No.

21 And Jael, the wife of Cheber, took a peg of the tent, and set the hammer in her hand, and came softly to him, and fixed the peg into his temple, and got· it ·down into the earth, and he was·​·in·​·a·​·deep·​·sleep and was·​·faint; and he died.

22 And, behold Barak pursued Sisera, and Jael came·​·out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will show thee the man whom thou seekest. And he came·​·in unto her, and, behold, Sisera fallen dead and the peg was in his temple.

23 And God humbled in that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the sons of Israel.

24 And the hand of the sons of Israel went on and was hard against Jabin king of Canaan, until they cut·​·off Jabin king of Canaan.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.