Illustration Showing DEBORAH'S SONG OF TRIUMPH, from The Bible (Old Testament) - drawing by Gustave Dore - 022th.jpg (36K)

Then sang Deborah and Barak, the son of Abinoam on that day,saying:—

Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, When the peoplewillingly offered themselves. Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O yeprinces; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praiseto the Lord God of Israel. Lord, when thou wentest out of Seir,When thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, The earth trembled,and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water. Themountains melted from before the Lord, Even that Sinai frombefore the Lord God of Israel.

Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenitebe; Blessed shall she be above women in the tent. He asked water,and she gave him milk; She brought forth butter in a lordly dish.She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen'shammer; And with the hammer she smote Sisera, She smote off hishead, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples. Ather feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: At her feet he bowed, hefell: Where he bowed, there he fell down dead. The mother ofSisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Whyis his chariot so long in coming? Why tarry the wheels of hischariots? Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answerto herself, Have they not sped? Have they not divided the prey;To every man a damsel or two; To Sisera a prey of divers colours,a prey of divers colours of needlework, Of divers colours ofneedlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that takethe spoil? So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord: But let themthat love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might.Judges v, 2-5, 24-31

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