Judges 4:1-5:31

God is our refuge

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Deborah, A Judge of Israel
Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, now
that Ehud was dead. So the Lord sold them into the
hands of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor.
Sisera, the commander of his army, was based in
Harosheth Haggoyim. Because he had nine hundred
chariots fitted with iron and had cruelly oppressed the
Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the Lord for
help. Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth,
was leading Israel at that time. She held court under
the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the
hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to
her to have their disputes decided. She sent for Barak
son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to
him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go,
take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and
Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. I will lead
Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his
chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give
him into your hands.’” Barak said to her, “If you go with
me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”
“Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But
because of the course you are taking, the honor will
not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the
hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to
Kedesh. There Barak summoned Zebulun and
Naphtali, and ten thousand men went up under his
command. Deborah also went up with him. Now Heber
the Kenite had left the other Kenites, the descendants
of Hobab, Moses’ brother-in-law, and pitched his tent
by the great tree in Zaanannim near Kedesh. When
they told Sisera that Barak son of Abinoam had gone
up to Mount Tabor, Sisera summoned from Harosheth
Haggoyim to the Kishon River all his men and his nine
hundred chariots fitted with iron.
Then Deborah said to Barak, “Go! This is the day the Lord has given Sisera into your hands. Has
not the Lord gone ahead of you?” So Barak went down Mount Tabor, with ten thousand men
following him. At Barak’s advance, the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the
sword, and Sisera got down from his chariot and fled on foot.