“When the princes in Israel take the lead,
    when the people willingly offer(A) themselves—
    praise the Lord!(B)

“Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers!
    I, even I, will sing to[a] the Lord;(C)
    I will praise the Lord, the God of Israel, in song.(D)

“When you, Lord, went out(E) from Seir,(F)
    when you marched from the land of Edom,
the earth shook,(G) the heavens poured,
    the clouds poured down water.(H)
The mountains quaked(I) before the Lord, the One of Sinai,
    before the Lord, the God of Israel.

“In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,(J)
    in the days of Jael,(K) the highways(L) were abandoned;
    travelers took to winding paths.(M)
Villagers in Israel would not fight;
    they held back until I, Deborah,(N) arose,
    until I arose, a mother in Israel.
God chose new leaders(O)
    when war came to the city gates,(P)
but not a shield or spear(Q) was seen
    among forty thousand in Israel.
My heart is with Israel’s princes,
    with the willing volunteers(R) among the people.
    Praise the Lord!

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