1On that day, Deborah sang this song, along with Barak:
2When the leaders of the Israeli people really lead them, and the people follow them, it is time to praise Yahweh!
3Listen, you kings! Pay attention, you leaders! I will sing to Yahweh. With this song I will praise Yahweh, the God we Israelis worship.
4O Yahweh, when you came from Seir, when you marched from that land better known as Edom, the earth shook, and rain poured down from the skies.
5The mountains shook when you came, just like Sinai Mountain shook when you appeared there, because you are Yahweh, the God whom we Israelis worship.
6When Shamgar was our leader and when Jael ruled us, we were afraid to walk on the main roads; instead, caravans of travelers walked on winding less traveled roads to avoid being molested.
7People left their small villages, and moved into the walled cities until I, Deborah, became their leader. I became like a mother to the Israeli people.
8When the Israeli people abandoned Yahweh and chose new gods, enemies attacked the gates of the cities, and then they took away the shields and spears from 40,000 Israeli soldiers. Not one shield or spear was left.
9I am thankful for the leaders and soldiers who volunteered to fight. Praise Yahweh for them!
10You wealthy people who ride on donkeys, sitting on nice padded saddles, and you people who just walk on the road, you all listen!
11Listen to the voices of the singers who gather at the places where the animals drink water. They tell about how Yahweh acted righteously when he enabled the Israeli warriors to conquer their enemies. Yahweh's people marched down to the gates of our city.
12The people came to my house and shouted, “Deborah, wake up! Wake up and start singing!” They also shouted, “Barak, son of Abinoam, get up, and capture our enemies!”
13Later, some of the Israeli people came down from Tabor Mountain with us, their leaders. These men who belonged to Yahweh came with me to fight their strong enemies.
14Some came from the tribe descended from Ephraim. They came from land that once belonged to the descendants of Amalek. And men from the tribe descended from Benjamin followed them. Troops from the group descended from Makir also came down, and officers from the tribe descended from Zebulun came down, carrying staffs.
15Leaders from the tribes descended from Issachar joined Barak and me. They followed Barak, rushing down into the valley. But men from the tribe descended from Reuben could not decide whether or not to join us.
16Why did you men stay at your sheep pens, waiting to hear the shepherds whistle for their flocks of sheep to come to the pens? Men in the tribe descended from Reuben could not decide whether they would join us to fight our enemies, or not.
17Similarly, the men living in the Gilead area stayed at home, east of the Jordan River. And the men from the tribe descended from Dan, why did they stay home? The tribe descended from Asher sat by the seashore. They stayed in their coves.
18But men from the tribe descended from Zebulun risked ◄their lives/were ready to die fighting► on the battlefield, and men descended from Naphtali were ready to do that, also.
19The kings of Canaan fought us at Taanach, near the springs in Megiddo Valley. But since they did not defeat us, they did not carry away any silver or other treasures from the battle.
20It was as though the stars in the sky fought for us and as though those stars in their paths fought against Sisera.
21The Kishon River swept them away— that river that has been there for ages. I will tell myself to be brave and continue marching on.
22The hooves of the horses of Sisera's army pounded the ground. Those powerful horses kept galloping along.
23The angel sent by Yahweh said, “Curse the people of Meroz town, because they did not come to help Yahweh to defeat the mighty warriors of Canaan.”
24But God is very pleased with Jael, the wife of Heber from the Ken people-group. He is more pleased with her than with all the other women who live in tents.
25Sisera asked for some water, but Jael gave him some milk. She brought him some yogurt/curds in a bowl that was suitable for kings.
26Then, when he was asleep, she reached for a tent peg with her left hand, and she reached for a hammer with her right hand. She hit Sisera hard with it and crushed his head. She pounded the tent peg right through his head.
27He collapsed and fell dead at her feet.
28Sisera's mother looked out from her window. She waited for him to return. She said, “Why is he taking so long to come home in his chariot? Why don't I hear the sound of the wheels of his chariot?”
29One wise woman replied to her, and she kept consoling herself by repeating those words:
30“Perhaps they are dividing up the things and the people they captured after the battle. Each soldier will get one or two women. Sisera will get some beautiful robes, and some beautiful embroidered robes for me.”
31But that is not what happened! Yahweh, I hope that all your enemies will die as Sisera did! And I desire that all those who love you will be as strong as the sun when it rises!