Judges 4

1 But after Eʹhud died, the Israelites again did what was bad in Jehovah’s eyes.

2 So Jehovah sold them into the hand of Jaʹbin the king of Caʹnaan, who reigned in Haʹzor. The chief of his army was Sisʹera, who lived in Haroʹsheth of the nations.

3 The Israelites cried out to Jehovah, because Jaʹbin had 900 war chariots with iron scythes, and he harshly oppressed the Israelites for 20 years.

4 Now Debʹorah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapʹpidoth, was judging Israel at that time.

5 She used to sit under Debʹorah’s palm tree between Raʹmah and Bethʹel in the mountainous region of Eʹphraim; the Israelites would go up to her for judgment.

6 She sent for Baʹrak the son of Abinʹoam out of Keʹdesh-naphʹtali and said to him: “Has not Jehovah the God of Israel given the command? ‘Go and march to Mount Taʹbor, and take 10,000 men of Naphʹtali and Zebʹulun with you.

7 I will bring to you Sisʹera, the chief of Jaʹbin’s army, along with his war chariots and his troops to the stream of Kiʹshon, and I will give him into your hand.’”

8 At this Baʹrak said to her: “If you go with me, I will go, but if you do not go with me, I will not go.”

9 To this she said: “I will certainly go with you. However, the campaign you are going on will not bring you glory, for it will be into the hand of a woman that Jehovah will give Sisʹera.” Then Debʹorah got up and went with Baʹrak to Keʹdesh.

10 Baʹrak summoned Zebʹulun and Naphʹtali to Keʹdesh, and 10,000 men followed his steps. Debʹorah also went up with him.

11 Incidentally, Heʹber the Kenʹite had separated from the Kenʹites, the descendants of Hoʹbab, Moses’ father-in-law, and his tent was pitched near the big tree in Zaananʹnim, which is at Keʹdesh.

12 They reported to Sisʹera that Baʹrak the son of Abinʹoam had gone up to Mount Taʹbor.

13 At once Sisʹera assembled all his war chariots—900 chariots with iron scythes—and all the troops that were with him from Haroʹsheth of the nations to go to the stream of Kiʹshon.

14 Debʹorah now said to Baʹrak: “Rise up, for this is the day that Jehovah will give Sisʹera into your hand. Is Jehovah not going out before you?” And Baʹrak descended from Mount Taʹbor with 10,000 men following him.

15 Then Jehovah threw Sisʹera and all his war chariots and all the army into confusion before the sword of Baʹrak. Finally Sisʹera got down from his chariot and fled on foot.

16 Baʹrak chased after the war chariots and the army as far as Haroʹsheth of the nations. So Sisʹera’s whole army fell by the sword; not even one remained.

17 But Sisʹera fled on foot to the tent of Jaʹel the wife of Heʹber the Kenʹite, for there was peace between Jaʹbin the king of Haʹzor and the house of Heʹber the Kenʹite.

18 Then Jaʹel came out to meet Sisʹera and said to him: “Come in, my lord, come in here. Do not be afraid.” So he went into her tent, and she covered him with a blanket.

19 Then he said to her: “Give me, please, a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a skin bottle of milk and gave him a drink, after which she again covered him.

20 He told her: “Stand at the entrance of the tent, and if anybody comes and asks you, ‘Is there a man here?’ say, ‘No!’”

21 But Jaʹel the wife of Heʹber took a tent pin and a hammer in her hand. Then while he was fast asleep and exhausted, she stealthily approached him and drove the pin through his temples and beat it into the ground, and he died.

22 Baʹrak went there in pursuit of Sisʹera, and Jaʹel now came out to meet him and said: “Come and I will show you the man you are looking for.” He went in with her and saw Sisʹera lying dead, with the tent pin through his temples.

23 So on that day, God subdued Jaʹbin the king of Caʹnaan before the Israelites.

24 The hand of the Israelites came down harder and harder against Jaʹbin the king of Caʹnaan, until they destroyed Jaʹbin the king of Caʹnaan.