King James VersionJudges4


1 And the chil­dren of Is­rael again did evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead. 2 And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Ha­zor; the cap­tain of whose host was Sis­era, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gen­tiles. 3 And the chil­dren of Is­rael cried unto the LORD: for he had nine hun­dred char­i­ots of iron; and twen­ty years he might­i­ly op­pressed the chil­dren of Is­rael. 4 And Deb­o­rah, a prophet­ess, the wife of Lapi­doth, she judged Is­rael at that time. 5 And she dwelt un­der the palm tree of Deb­o­rah be­tween Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the chil­dren of Is­rael came up to her for judg­ment. 6 And she sent and called Barak the son of Abi­noam out of Kedesh­naph­tali, and said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Is­rael com­mand­ed, saying, Go and draw to­ward mount Ta­bor, and take with thee ten thou­sand men of the chil­dren of Naph­tali and of the chil­dren of Ze­bu­lun? 7 And I will draw unto thee to the riv­er Kishon Sis­era, the cap­tain of Jabin's army, with his char­i­ots and his mul­ti­tude; and I will de­liv­er him into thine hand. 8 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. 9 And she said, I will sure­ly go with thee: notwith­stand­ing the jour­ney that thou tak­est shall not be for thine hon­our; for the LORD shall sell Sis­era into the hand of a wom­an. And Deb­o­rah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh. 10 And Barak called Ze­bu­lun and Naph­tali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thou­sand men at his feet: and Deb­o­rah went up with him. 11 Now Heber the Ken­ite, which was of the chil­dren of Hobab the fa­ther in law of Moses, had sev­ered him­self from the Ken­ites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Za­anaim, which is by Kedesh. 12 And they shewed Sis­era that Barak the son of Abi­noam was gone up to mount Ta­bor. 13 And Sis­era gath­ered to­geth­er all his char­i­ots, even nine hun­dred char­i­ots of iron, and all the peo­ple that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gen­tiles unto the riv­er of Kishon. 14 And Deb­o­rah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the LORD hath de­liv­ered Sis­era into thine hand: is not the LORD gone out be­fore thee? So Barak went down from mount Ta­bor, and ten thou­sand men af­ter him. 15 And the LORD dis­com­fit­ed Sis­era, and all his char­i­ots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword be­fore Barak; so that Sis­era light­ed down off his char­i­ot, and fled away on his feet. 16 But Barak pur­sued af­ter the char­i­ots, and af­ter the host, unto Harosheth of the Gen­tiles: and all the host of Sis­era fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left. 17 How­beit Sis­era fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Ken­ite: for there was peace be­tween Jabin the king of Ha­zor and the house of Heber the Ken­ite. 18 And Jael went out to meet Sis­era, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she cov­ered him with a man­tle. 19 And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a lit­tle wa­ter to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bot­tle of milk, and gave him drink, and cov­ered him. 20 Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and en­quire of thee, and say, Is there any man here? that thou shalt say, No. 21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an ham­mer in her hand, and went soft­ly unto him, and smote the nail into his tem­ples, and fas­tened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died. 22 And, be­hold, as Barak pur­sued Sis­era, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seek­est. And when he came into her tent, be­hold, Sis­era lay dead, and the nail was in his tem­ples. 23 So God sub­dued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan be­fore the chil­dren of Is­rael. 24 And the hand of the chil­dren of Is­rael pros­pered, and pre­vailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, un­til they had de­stroyed Jabin king of Canaan.