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Judges 5:11-13 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

11 Even those who carry water[a]
    to the animals will tell you,
“The Lord has won victories,
    and so has Israel.”

Then the Lord’s people marched
    down to the town gates
12 and said, “Deborah, let’s go!
Let’s sing as we march.
    Barak, capture our enemies.”

13 The Lord’s people who were left
joined with their leaders
    and fought at my side.[b]


  1. 5.11 Even. . . water: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  2. 5.13 side: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 13.

Judges 5:11-13 New International Version (NIV)

11 the voice of the singers[a] 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.


  1. Judges 5:11 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
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