9 My heart is with Israel's princes, with the willing volunteers among the people. Praise the Lord!
9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the Lord.
9 My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel who offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless the Lord.
9 Lift your hearts high, O Israel, with abandon, volunteering yourselves with the people - bless God!
9 My heart is with the rulers of Israel Who offered themselves willingly with the people. Bless the Lord!
9 My heart is with the commanders of Israel, with those who volunteered for war. Praise the Lord !
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Judges 5:9
Commentary on Judges 5:6-11.
(Read Judges 5:6-11.)
Deborah describes the distressed state of Israel under the tyranny of Jabin, that their salvation might appear more gracious. She shows what brought this misery upon them. It was their idolatry. They chose new gods, with new names. But under all these images, Satan was worshipped. Deborah was a mother to Israel, by diligently promoting the salvation of their souls. She calls on those who shared the advantages of this great salvation, to offer up thanks to God for it. Let such as are restored, not only to their liberty as other Israelites, but to their rank, speak God's praises. This is the Lord's doing. In these acts of his, justice was executed on his enemies. In times of persecution, God's ordinances, the walls of salvation, whence the waters of life are drawn, are resorted to at the hazard of the lives of those who attend them. At all times Satan will endeavour to hinder the believer from drawing near to the throne of grace. Notice God's kindness to his trembling people. It is the glory of God to protect those who are most exposed, and to help the weakest. Let us notice the benefit we have from the public peace, the inhabitants of villages especially, and give God the praise.