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Jehovah’s Witnesses



Judges 5:1-31

5  And on that day Debʹo·rah+ along with Baʹrak+ the son of A·binʹo·am+ broke out in song,+ saying:   “For letting the hair hang loose in Israel [for war], For the people’s volunteering,+ BLESS Jehovah.+   Listen, YOU kings;+ give ear, YOU high officials: I to Jehovah, yes, I, will sing. I shall make melody+ to Jehovah, Israel’s God.+   Jehovah, at your going forth from Seʹir,+ At your marching out of the field of Eʹdom,+ Earth rocked,+ heavens also dripped,+ Clouds also dripped with water.   Mountains flowed* away from the face of Jehovah,+ This Siʹnai+ away from the face of Jehovah,+ Israel’s God.+   In the days of Shamʹgar+ the son of Aʹnath, In the days of Jaʹel,+ pathways had no traffic,* And the travelers of roadways would travel by roundabout pathways.+   The dwellers in open country ceased, in Israel they ceased,+ Until I, Debʹo·rah,+ rose up, Until I rose up as a mother in Israel.+   They proceeded to choose new gods.+ It was then there was war* in the gates.*+ A shield could not be seen, nor a lance, Among forty thousand in Israel.+   My heart is for the commanders of Israel,+ Who were volunteers among the people.+ BLESS Jehovah.+ 10  YOU riders on yellowish-red she-asses,+ YOU who sit on rich carpets,* And YOU who walk on the road, Consider!+ 11  Some of the voices of the water distributors among the places of drawing water,+ There they began to recount the righteous acts of Jehovah,+ The righteous acts of his dwellers in open country in Israel. It was then Jehovah’s people made their way down to the gates. 12  Awake, awake, O Debʹo·rah;+ Awake, awake, utter a song!+ Rise up, Baʹrak,+ and lead your captives* away, you son of A·binʹo·am!+ 13  It was then the survivors came down to the majestic ones; Jehovah’s people came down to me against the mighty ones. 14  Out of Eʹphra·im was their origin in the low plain,*+ With* you, O Benjamin, among your peoples. Out of Maʹchir+ the commanders went down, And out of Zebʹu·lun those handling the equipment of a scribe.+ 15  And the princes in Isʹsa·char+ were with Debʹo·rah, And as Isʹsa·char, so was Baʹrak.+ Into the low plain he was sent on foot.+ Among the divisions of Reuʹben great were the searchings* of the heart.+ 16  Why did you sit down between the two saddlebags, To listen to the pipings for the flocks?+ For the divisions of Reuʹben there were great searchings of the heart.+ 17  Gilʹe·ad kept to his residence on the other side of the Jordan;+ And Dan, why did he continue to dwell for the time in ships?+ Ashʹer sat idle at the seashore, And by his landing places he kept residing.+ 18  Zebʹu·lun was a people that scorned their souls to the point of death;+ Naphʹta·li+ also, on the heights of the field.+ 19  Kings came, they fought; It was then that the kings of Caʹnaan fought+ In Taʹa·nach+ by the waters of Me·gidʹdo.+ No gain of silver did they take.+ 20  From heaven did the stars fight,+ From their orbits they fought against Sisʹe·ra. 21  The torrent of Kiʹshon washed them away,+ The torrent of ancient days,* the torrent of Kiʹshon.+ You went treading down strength,+ O my soul. 22  It was then that the hoofs of horses pawed+ Because of dashings upon dashings of his stallions. 23  ‘CURSE+ Meʹroz,’ said the angel of Jehovah,+ ‘CURSE its inhabitants incessantly, For they did not come to the assistance of Jehovah, To the assistance of Jehovah with the mighty ones.’ 24  Jaʹel+ the wife of Heʹber the Kenʹite+ will be most blessed among women, Among women in the tent she will be most blessed.+ 25  Water he asked, milk she gave; In the large banquet bowl of majestic ones she presented curdled milk.+ 26  Her hand to the tent pin she then thrust out, And her right hand to the mallet of hard workers.+ And she hammered Sisʹe·ra, she pierced his head through,+ And she broke apart and cut up his temples. 27  Between her feet he collapsed, he fell, he lay down; Between her feet he collapsed, he fell; Where he collapsed, there he fell overcome.+ 28  From the window a woman looked out and kept watching for him,* The mother of Sisʹe·ra from the lattice,+ ‘Why has his war chariot delayed in coming?+ Why must the hoofbeats of his chariots be so late?’+ 29  The wise ones of her noble ladies*+ would answer her, Yes, she too would talk back to herself with her own sayings, 30  ‘Ought they not to find, ought they not to distribute spoil,+ A womb—two wombs* to every able-bodied man,+ Spoil of dyed stuffs for Sisʹe·ra, spoil of dyed stuffs, An embroidered garment, dyed stuff, two embroidered garments For the necks of [men of] spoil?’* 31  Thus let all your enemies perish,+ O Jehovah, And let your* lovers+ be as when the sun goes forth in its mightiness.”+ And the land had no further disturbance for forty years.+


“Flowed,” MVg; TSy, “quaked”; LXX, “were shaken.”
Lit., “pathways ceased [suffered neglect].”
The meaning in M is obscure.
“Then the cities of the governors (princes) fought,” LXXB.
The meaning in M is obscure; LXXBVg, “sit in judgment.”
Or, “captivity,” that is, a body of captives.
“In the low plain,” LXXATh; MLXXBVg, “in Amalek.”
Or, “after.”
“Searchings,” as in vs 16; M, “prescriptions.”
“Torrent of ancient days.” Or, “torrent of attack.” Heb., naʹchal qedhu·mimʹ; qedhu·mimʹ is of uncertain meaning; LXXB, “ancient winter-torrent”; Vg, “torrent Cadumim.”
“Kept watching [for him],” T; M, “kept lamenting.”
Or, “her princesses.” Heb., sa·roh·theyʹha.
Soldiers’ expression for captured concubines.
“For the neck of a king’s wife,” by a change of one Heb. letter; by a slight change of vowel pointing, “for my neck as spoil”; by a change of a final Heb. letter, “for his neck as spoil.”
“Your,” SyVg; MLXX, “his.”