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.
In the time of Shamgar son of Anath, and in the time of Jael, Public roads were abandoned, travelers went by backroads. Warriors became fat and sloppy, no fight left in them. Then you, Deborah, rose up; you got up, a mother in Israel. God chose new leaders, who then fought at the gates. And not a shield or spear to be seen among the forty companies of Israel.
The Lord chose new battles, and he destroyed the gates of (their) enemies; shield and spear appeared not in forty thousand of Israel. (They chose new gods, and then there was war at the gates; but shields and spears did not appear among the forty thousand of Israel.)
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