1 On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:
2 "When the princes in Israel take the lead, ¶ when the people willingly offer themselves — ¶ praise the LORD!
3 "Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! ¶ I, even I, will sing to [^1] the LORD; ¶ I will praise the LORD, the God of Israel, in song.
4 "When you, LORD, went out from Seir, ¶ when you marched from the land of Edom, ¶ the earth shook, the heavens poured, ¶ the clouds poured down water.
5 The mountains quaked before the LORD, the One of Sinai, before the LORD, the God of Israel.
6 "In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, ¶ in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned; ¶ travelers took to winding paths.
7 Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose, ¶ until I arose, a mother in Israel.
8 God chose new leaders when war came to the city gates, ¶ but not a shield or spear was seen ¶ among forty thousand in Israel.
9 My heart is with Israel's princes, with the willing volunteers among the people. ¶ Praise the LORD!
10 "You who ride on white donkeys, ¶ sitting on your saddle blankets, ¶ and you who walk along the road, ¶ consider
11 the voice of the singers [^2] at the watering places. They recite the victories of the LORD, ¶ the victories of his villagers in Israel. ¶ "Then the people of the LORD ¶ went down to the city gates.
12 'Wake up, wake up, Deborah! Wake up, wake up, break out in song! ¶ Arise, Barak! ¶ Take captive your captives, son of Abinoam.'
13 "The remnant of the nobles came down; ¶ the people of the LORD came down to me against the mighty.
14 Some came from Ephraim, whose roots were in Amalek; Benjamin was with the people who followed you. ¶ From Makir captains came down, ¶ from Zebulun those who bear a commander's [^3] staff.
15 The princes of Issachar were with Deborah; yes, Issachar was with Barak, ¶ sent under his command into the valley. ¶ In the districts of Reuben ¶ there was much searching of heart.
16 Why did you stay among the sheep pens [^4] to hear the whistling for the flocks? In the districts of Reuben ¶ there was much searching of heart.
17 Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan. And Dan, why did he linger by the ships? ¶ Asher remained on the coast ¶ and stayed in his coves.
18 The people of Zebulun risked their very lives; so did Naphtali on the terraced fields.
19 "Kings came, they fought, ¶ the kings of Canaan fought. ¶ At Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo, ¶ they took no plunder of silver.
20 From the heavens the stars fought, from their courses they fought against Sisera.
21 The river Kishon swept them away, the age-old river, the river Kishon. ¶ March on, my soul; be strong!
22 Then thundered the horses' hooves — galloping, galloping go his mighty steeds.
23 'Curse Meroz,' said the angel of the LORD. 'Curse its people bitterly, ¶ because they did not come to help the LORD, ¶ to help the LORD against the mighty.'
24 "Most blessed of women be Jael, ¶ the wife of Heber the Kenite, ¶ most blessed of tent-dwelling women.
25 He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk.
26 Her hand reached for the tent peg, her right hand for the workman's hammer. ¶ She struck Sisera, she crushed his head, ¶ she shattered and pierced his temple.
27 At her feet he sank, he fell; there he lay. ¶ At her feet he sank, he fell; ¶ where he sank, there he fell —dead.
28 "Through the window peered Sisera's mother; ¶ behind the lattice she cried out, ¶ 'Why is his chariot so long in coming? ¶ Why is the clatter of his chariots delayed?'
29 The wisest of her ladies answer her; indeed, she keeps saying to herself,
30 'Are they not finding and dividing the spoils: a woman or two for each man, ¶ colorful garments as plunder for Sisera, ¶ colorful garments embroidered, ¶ highly embroidered garments for my neck — ¶ all this as plunder?'
31 "So may all your enemies perish, LORD! ¶ But may all who love you be like the sun ¶ when it rises in its strength." ¶ Then the land had peace forty years.