And Deborah singeth -- also Barak son of Abinoam -- on that
day, saying: --
'For freeing freemen in Israel, For a people willingly
offering themselves Bless ye Jehovah.
Hear, ye kings; give ear, ye princes, I, to Jehovah, I -- I
do sing, I sing praise to Jehovah, God of Israel.
Jehovah, in Thy going forth out of Seir, In Thy stepping out
of the field of Edom, Earth trembled, also the heavens dropped, Also thick
clouds dropped water.
Hills flowed from the face of Jehovah, This one -- Sinai --
From the face of Jehovah, God of Israel.
In the days of Shamgar son of Anath -- In the days of Jael
-- The ways have ceased, And those going in the paths go in crooked
Villages ceased in Israel -- they ceased, Till that I arose
-- Deborah, That I arose, a mother in Israel.
He chooseth new gods, Then war is at the gates! A
shield is not seen -- and a spear Among forty thousand in Israel.
My heart is to the lawgivers of Israel, Who are
offering themselves willingly among the people, Bless ye Jehovah!
Riders on white asses -- Sitters on a long robe -- And
walkers by the way -- meditate!
By the voice of shouters Between the places of drawing
water, There they give out righteous acts of Jehovah, Righteous acts of His
villages in Israel, Then ruled in the gates have the people of Jehovah.
Awake, awake, Deborah; Awake, awake, utter a song; Rise,
Barak, and take captive thy captivity, Son of Abinoam.
Then him who is left of the honourable ones He caused to
rule the people of Jehovah, He caused me to rule among the mighty.
Out of Ephraim their root is against Amalek. After
thee, Benjamin, among thy peoples. Out of Machir came down lawgivers, And out
of Zebulun those drawing with the reed of a writer.
And princes in Issachar are with Deborah, Yea,
Issachar is right with Barak, Into the valley he was sent on his feet.
In the divisions of Reuben, Great are the decrees of heart!
Why hast thou abode between the boundaries, To hear lowings
of herds? For the divisions of Reuben, Great are the searchings of
Gilead beyond the Jordan did tabernacle, And Dan -- why doth
he sojourn in ships? Asher hath abode at the haven of the seas, And by
his creeks doth tabernacle.
Zebulun is a people who exposed its soul to death,
Naphtali also -- on high places of the field.
Kings came -- they fought; Then fought kings of Canaan, In
Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo; Gain of money they took not!
From the heavens they fought: The stars from their highways
fought with Sisera.
The brook Kishon swept them away, The brook most ancient --
the brook Kishon. Thou dost tread down strength, O my soul!
Then broken were the horse-heels, By pransings -- pransings
of its mighty ones.
Curse Meroz -- said a messenger of Jehovah, Cursing, curse
ye its inhabitants, For they came not to the help of Jehovah, To the help of
Jehovah among the mighty!
Blessed above women is Jael, Wife of Heber the Kenite, Above
women in the tent she is blessed.
Water he asked -- milk she gave; In a lordly dish she
brought near butter.
Her hand to the pin she sendeth forth, And her right hand to
the labourers' hammer, And she hammered Sisera -- she smote his head, Yea, she
smote, and it passed through his temple.
Between her feet he bowed -- He fell, he lay down; Between
her feet he bowed, he fell; Where he bowed, there he fell -- destroyed.
Through the window she hath looked out -- Yea, she crieth
out -- the mother of Sisera, Through the lattice: Wherefore is his chariot
delaying to come? Wherefore tarried have the steps of his chariot?
The wise ones, her princesses, answer her, Yea, she
returneth her sayings to herself:
Do they not find? -- they apportion spoil, A female -- two
females -- for every head, Spoil of finger-work for Sisera, Spoil of
embroidered finger-work, Finger-work -- a pair of embroidered things, For the
necks of the spoil!
So do all Thine enemies perish, O Jehovah, And those loving
Him are As the going out of the sun in its might!' and the land resteth