1 Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying:
2 When commanders lead in Israel, when the people willingly offer themselves, bless
3 Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes! I, even I, will sing unto Jehovah; I will make music
unto Jehovah the God of Israel.
4 Jehovah, when You went out from Seir, when You marched from the field of Edom,
the earth trembled and the heavens dropped, even the clouds dropped water;
5 the mountains flowed before Jehovah, this Sinai, before Jehovah the God of Israel.
6 In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were deserted,
and the travelers walked along the byways.
7 Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel, until I, Deborah, arose, arose a mother in Israel.
8 They chose new gods; then there was war in the gates; not a shield or spear was seen
among forty thousand in Israel.
9 My heart is with the governors of Israel who offered themselves willingly among the
people. Bless Jehovah!
10 Sing out, you who ride on white donkeys, who sit on carpets, and who walk along the
11 At the sound where they divide the flocks among the places to draw water, there they
shall recount the righteous acts of Jehovah, the righteous acts to His village dwellers in
Israel; then the people of Jehovah shall go down to the gates.
12 Awake, awake, Deborah! Awake, awake, utter a song! Arise, Barak, and lead your
captives captive, O son of Abinoam!
13 Then the remnant came down and had dominion over the kings of the nations; for me
Jehovah trod down the mighty.
14 Out of Ephraim were those whose roots were in Amalek. After you, Benjamin, with
your peoples, from Machir came down governors, and from Zebulun those who bear the
staff of scribes.
15 And the commanders of Issachar were with Deborah; as was Issachar, so was Barak,
sent on foot into the valley. Among the divisions of Reuben there were great resolves of
16 Why did you sit among the sheepfolds, to hear the pipings for the flocks? At the
divisions of Reuben were great searchings of heart.
17 Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan, and why did Dan remain on ships? Asher continued
at the seashore, and stayed by his landings.
18 Zebulun is a people who jeopardized their souls even to death, Naphtali also, on the
heights of the field.
19 The kings came and fought, then the kings of Canaan fought in Taanach, by the waters
of Megiddo; they took no gain of silver.
20 They fought from the heavens; the stars from their courses fought against Sisera.
21 The torrent of Kishon swept them away, that ancient torrent, the torrent of Kishon. O
my soul, tread on in strength!
22 Then the horses' hooves pounded, the galloping, galloping of his steeds.
23 Curse Meroz, said the Angel of Jehovah, curse its inhabitants bitterly, because they did
not come to the help of Jehovah, to the help of Jehovah against the mighty.
24 Most blessed among women is Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite; blessed is she
among women in the tent.
25 He asked for water, she gave milk; she brought out curds in a lordly bowl.
26 She stretched her hand to the tent peg, her right hand to the workman's hammer; she
has hammered Sisera, she has destroyed his head, she has pierced and struck through his
27 At her feet he has bowed down, he has fallen, he has lain down; at her feet he has
bowed down, he has fallen; where he has bowed down, there he has fallen destroyed.
28 The mother of Sisera has looked through the window, and cried out through the lattice,
Why has his chariot delayed to come? Why have the hoof beats of his chariot waited?
29 Her wise ladies answered her, Yea, she answers herself:
30 Are they not finding and dividing the spoils: to each chief warrior a girl to love; for
Sisera, plunder of dyed garments, plunder of garments embroidered and dyed, two pieces
of dyed embroidery for the necks of the plunderers?
31 Thus let all Your enemies perish, O Jehovah! But let those who love Him be like the
sun when it goes forth in its might. Thus the land was quiet forty years.