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Judges Chapter 5

Judges 5:2
5:2 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the {a}
    people willingly offered themselves.

    (a) That is, the two tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali.

Judges 5:6
5:6 In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of
    Jael, the highways were {b} unoccupied, and the travellers
    walked through byways.

    (b) For fear of the enemies.

Judges 5:7
5:7 [The inhabitants of] the villages ceased, they ceased in
    Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a {c}
    mother in Israel.

    (c) Miraculously stirred up by God to pity them and deliver

Judges 5:8
5:8 They chose new gods; then [was] war in the gates: was there
    a {d} shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

    (d) They had no heart to resist their enemies.

Judges 5:10
5:10 Speak, ye that ride on {e} white asses, ye that sit {f} in
     judgment, and walk by the way.

     (e) You governors.
     (f) Or by Middin, as in danger of your enemies.

Judges 5:12
5:12 Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise,
     Barak, and lead {h} thy captivity captive, thou son of

     (h) That is, they who kept your people in captivity.

Judges 5:14
5:14 Out of Ephraim {i} [was there] a root of them against
     Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of
     Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that
     handle the pen of the writer.

     (i) Joshua first fought against Amalek, and Saul destroyed

Judges 5:15
5:15 And the princes of Issachar [were] with Deborah; even {l}
     Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the
     valley. For the divisions of Reuben [there were] great
     {m} thoughts of heart.

     (l) Even the whole tribe.
     (m) They marvelled that they did not cross the Jordan to
         help them.

Judges 5:17
5:17 {n} Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in
     ships?  Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his
     {o} breaches.

     (n) She reproves all those who did not come to help their
         brethren in their time of need.
     (o) Either by hearing of the sea, or by mining,

Judges 5:19
5:19 The kings came [and] fought, then fought the kings of
     Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no
     gain of {p} money.

     (p) They won nothing, but lost all.

Judges 5:21
5:21 The river of Kishon {q} swept them away, that ancient
     river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down

     (q) As a broom does to the filth of the house.

Judges 5:23
5:23 Curse ye {r} Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye
     bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to
     the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the

     (r) It was a city near Tabor, where they fought.

Judges 5:25
5:25 He asked water, [and] she gave [him] milk; she brought
     forth {s} butter in a lordly dish.

     (s) Some read churned milk in a great cup.

Judges 5:29
5:29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea, {t} she returned answer
     to herself,

     (t) That is, she comforted herself.

Judges 5:30
5:30 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 of needlework on both sides, [meet] {u} for the
     necks of [them that take] the spoil?

     (u) Because he was chief of the army.

Judges 5:31
5:31 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but [let] them
     that love him [be] as the {x} sun when he goeth forth in
     his might. And the land had rest forty years.

     (x) Shall grow daily more and more in God's favour.

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