5 On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:
2 “·The leaders led Israel [or When locks of hair grow in Israel; C referring to the keeping of a Nazirite vow (Num. 6:5); the Hebrew here is obscure]. The ·people [nation] ·volunteered to go to battle [answered the call; offered themselves willingly]. ·Praise [Bless] the Lord! 3 Listen, kings. Pay attention, rulers! I ·myself [even I] will sing to the Lord. I will ·make music [or sing praises] to the Lord, the God of Israel.
4 “Lord, when you came from Seir [C another name for Edom], when you marched from the ·land [or fields] of Edom, the earth shook, the ·skies [heavens] ·rained [poured; dropped], and the clouds ·dropped [poured] water. 5 The mountains ·shook [quaked] before the Lord, the God of Mount Sinai, before the Lord, the God of Israel!
6 “In the days of Shamgar son of Anath [3:31], in the days of Jael, the ·main roads were empty [highways were deserted; or caravans were no more]. Travelers went on ·the back roads [winding paths; C because of Canaanite robbers on the highways]. 7 ·There were no warriors in Israel [or The villagers/peasants would not fight; or The villagers deserted their villages] until ·I [or you], Deborah, arose, until ·I [or you] arose to be a mother to Israel. 8 At that time ·they chose to follow new gods [or God chose new leaders/warriors]. Because of this, ·enemies fought us at our [war came to the] city gates. ·No one could find a shield or a spear [L A shield, it could not be seen, nor a spear] among the forty thousand people of Israel. 9 My heart is with the ·commanders [leaders; princes] of Israel. ·They volunteered freely [or And with those who volunteered freely] from among the people. ·Praise [Bless] the Lord!
10 “You who ride on white [L female] donkeys and sit on ·saddle blankets [or rich carpets], and you who walk along the road, ·listen [ponder this; or tell of this]! 11 Listen to the sound of the ·singers [village musicians; or those who distribute the water; or those who divide the sheep] at the watering holes. There they tell about the ·victories [or righteous deeds/triumphs] of the Lord, the ·victories [or righteous deeds/triumphs] of the Lord’s ·warriors [or villagers; peasantry] in Israel. Then the Lord’s people went down to the city gates.
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