Judges 5 (asv)
5:2For that the leaders took the lead in Israel,
For that the people offered themselves willingly,
5:3Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes;
I, even I, will sing unto Jehovah;
The earth trembled, the heavens also dropped,
Yea, the clouds dropped water.
In the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied,
And the travellers walked through byways.
5:7The rulers ceased in Israel, they ceased,
Until that I Deborah arose,
That I arose a mother in Israel.
5:8They chose new gods;
Then was war in the gates:
Was there a shield or spear seen
Among forty thousand in Israel?
That offered themselves willingly among the people:
5:10Tell of it, ye that ride on white asses,
Ye that sit on rich carpets,
5:11Far from the noise of archers, in the places of drawing water,
There shall they rehearse the righteous acts of Jehovah,
Even the righteous acts of his rule in Israel.
5:12Awake, awake, Deborah;
Awake, awake, utter a song:
5:13Then came down a remnant of the nobles and the people;
Jehovah came down for me against the mighty.
After thee, Benjamin, among thy peoples;
Out of Machir came down governors,
And out of Zebulun they that handle the marshal's staff.
Into the valley they rushed forth at his feet.
By the watercourses of Reuben
There were great resolves of heart.
5:16Why sattest thou among the sheepfolds,
To hear the pipings for the flocks?
At the watercourses of Reuben
There were great searchings of heart.
And Dan, why did he remain in ships?
And abode by his creeks.
5:19The kings came and fought;
Then fought the kings of Canaan.
They took no gain of money.
From their courses they fought against Sisera.
5:22Then did the horsehoofs stamp
By reason of the prancings, the prancings of their strong ones.
Curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof,
Because they came not to the help of Jehovah,
To the help of Jehovah against the mighty. \\ \\
5:24Blessed above women shall Jael be,
Blessed shall she be above women in the tent.
5:25He asked water, and she gave him milk;
She brought him butter in a lordly dish.
5:26She put her hand to the tent-pin,
Yea, she pierced and struck through his temples.
5:27At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay;
At her feet he bowed, he fell;
Where he bowed, there he fell down dead. \\ \\
5:28Through the window she looked forth, and cried,
The mother of Sisera cried through the lattice,
Why is his chariot so long in coming?
Why tarry the wheels of his chariots?
5:29Her wise ladies answered her,
Yea, she returned answer to herself,
5:30Have they not found, have they not divided the spoil?
A damsel, two damsels to every man;
To Sisera a spoil of dyed garments,
A spoil of dyed garments embroidered,
Of dyed garments embroidered on both sides, on the necks of the spoil?
5:31So let all thine enemies perish, O Jehovah:
And the land had rest forty years.