Deborah & Barak

Judges 5:1-12

The Song of Deborah and Barak

5:1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day:


  “That the leaders took the lead in Israel,
    that the people offered themselves willingly,
    bless the LORD!


  “Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes;
    to the LORD I will sing;
    I will make melody to the LORD, the God of Israel.


  “LORD, when you went out from Seir,
    when you marched from the region of Edom,
  the earth trembled
    and the heavens dropped,
    yes, the clouds dropped water.
  The mountains quaked before the LORD,
    even Sinai before the LORD,1 the God of Israel.


  “In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath,
    in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned,
    and travelers kept to the byways.
  The villagers ceased in Israel;
    they ceased to be until I arose;
    I, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel.
  When new gods were chosen,
    then war was in the gates.
  Was shield or spear to be seen
    among forty thousand in Israel?
  My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel
    who offered themselves willingly among the people.
    Bless the LORD.


10   “Tell of it, you who ride on white donkeys,
    you who sit on rich carpets2
    and you who walk by the way.
11   To the sound of musicians3 at the watering places,
    there they repeat the righteous triumphs of the LORD,
    the righteous triumphs of his villagers in Israel.


  “Then down to the gates marched the people of the LORD.


12   “Awake, awake, Deborah!
    Awake, awake, break out in a song!
  Arise, Barak, lead away your captives,
    O son of Abinoam.

Footnotes

[1] 5:5 Or before the Lord, the One of Sinai, before the Lord

[2] 5:10 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain; it may connote saddle blankets

[3] 5:11 Or archers; the meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain

(ESV)