5:2 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the a people willingly offered themselves.
(a) That is, the two tribes of Zebulun and
In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were b
unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.
(b) For fear of the enemies.
5:7 [The inhabitants of] the villages ceased, they
ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a c
mother in Israel.
(c) Miraculously stirred up by God to pity them
and deliver them.
5:8 They chose new gods; then [was] war in the
gates: was there a d shield or spear
seen among forty thousand in Israel?
(d) They had no heart to resist their enemies.
5:10 Speak, ye that ride on e
white asses, ye that sit f in judgment,
and walk by the way.
(e) You governors.
(f) Or by Middin, as in danger of your enemies.
5:12 Awake, awake, Deborah:
awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead h
thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.
(h) That is, they who kept your people in
5:14 Out of Ephraim i
[was there] a root of them against Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy
people; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle
the pen of the writer.
(i) Joshua first fought against Amalek, and Saul
5:15 And the princes of Issachar [were] with
Deborah; even l Issachar, and also Barak:
he was sent on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Reuben [there were]
great m thoughts of heart.
(l) Even the whole tribe.
(m) They marvelled that they did not cross the
Jordan to help them.
Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on
the sea shore, and abode in his o
(n) She reproves all those who did not come to
help their brethren in their time of need.
(o) Either by hearing of the sea, or by mining,
5:19 The kings came [and]
fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo;
they took no gain of p money.
(p) They won nothing, but lost all.
5:21 The river of Kishon q
swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast
trodden down strength.
(q) As a broom does to the filth of the house.
5:23 Curse ye r
Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof;
because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against
(r) It was a city near Tabor, where they fought.
5:25 He asked water, [and]
she gave [him] milk; she brought forth s
butter in a lordly dish.
(s) Some read churned milk in a great cup.
Her wise ladies answered her, yea, t she
returned answer to herself,
(t) That is, she comforted herself.
5:30 Have they not sped? have they [not] divided
the prey; to every man a damsel [or] two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a
prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours of needlework on both
sides, [meet] u for the necks of [them
that take] the spoil?
(u) Because he was chief of the army.
5:31 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but
[let] them that love him [be] as the x
sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.
(x) Shall grow daily more and more in God's