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April 25, 2014

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Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

"Who will stand up for me against the evildoers?" This is a simple question, but God truly has a difficult time finding even one man who will be the first to take a stand against evil and injustice.

Deborah waited for Barak to have the courage to stand up against the evil oppression of Jabin and Sisera (Judges 4). Often we cry to God for relief from the enemy, but God is waiting for us to arise and get involved in the spiritual warfare. Deborah blessed those who took the lead and willingly offered themselves (5:2). In that crucial moment when God was delivering their enemy into their hands, some, like the Reubenites, stood back. Because they were so interested in their sheep, they were very indecisive. All they had was "great searchings of heart" (5:16 KJV), but no action.

It is easy to remain seated in our comfort zones and analyze why we should let someone else fight the Lord's battles. Today is the day God is defeating our enemies. Who among us will rise up first?

Judges 4:1-5:31

Deborah

Again the Israelites did evilS Jdg 2:19 in the eyes of the Lord,S Jdg 2:11 now that EhudS Jdg 3:15 was dead.So the Lord sold themS Dt 32:30 into the hands of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor.S Jos 11:1 Sisera,1Sa 12:9; Ps 83:9 the commander of his army, was based in Harosheth Haggoyim.Because he had nine hundred chariots fitted with ironS Jos 17:16 and had cruelly oppressedJdg 10:12; Ps 106:42 the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the Lord for help.

Now Deborah,Jdg 5:1, 7, 12, 15 a prophet,S Ex 15:20 the wife of Lappidoth, was leadingTraditionally judging Israel at that time.She held court1Sa 14:2; 22:6 under the Palm of Deborah between RamahS Jos 18:25 and BethelS Jos 12:9 in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided.She sent for Barak son of AbinoamJdg 5:1, 12, 15; 1Sa 12:11; Heb 11:32 from KedeshS Jos 12:22 in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of NaphtaliS Ge 30:8 and ZebulunJdg 5:18; 6:35 and lead them up to Mount Tabor.S Jos 19:22I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’sS Jos 11:1 army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon Riverver 13; Jdg 5:21; 1Ki 18:40; Ps 83:9 and give him into your hands.S Jdg 1:2’”

Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”

“Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh.S Jos 12:2210 There Barak summoned2Ch 36:23; Ezr 1:2; Isa 41:2; 42:6; 45:3; 46:11; 48:15 Zebulun and Naphtali, and ten thousand men went up under his command. Deborah also went up with him.

11 Now Heber the Kenite had left the other Kenites,S Ge 15:19 the descendants of Hobab,Nu 10:29 Moses’ brother-in-law,Or father-in-law and pitched his tent by the great treeJos 24:26; Jdg 9:6 in ZaanannimJos 19:33 near Kedesh.

12 When they told Sisera that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor,S Jos 19:2213 Sisera summoned from Harosheth Haggoyim to the Kishon RiverS ver 7; Jdg 5:19 all his men and his nine hundred chariots fitted with iron.S Jos 17:16

14 Then Deborah said to Barak, “Go! This is the day the Lord has given Sisera into your hands.S Jdg 1:2 Has not the Lord gone aheadDt 9:3; 1Sa 8:20; 2Sa 5:24; Ps 68:7 of you?” So Barak went down Mount Tabor, with ten thousand men following him.15 At Barak’s advance, the Lord routedS Jos 10:10 Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword, and Sisera got down from his chariot and fled on foot.

16 Barak pursued the chariots and army as far as Harosheth Haggoyim, and all Sisera’s troops fell by the sword; not a man was left.S Ex 14:28; Ps 83:917 Sisera, meanwhile, fled on foot to the tent of Jael,ver 18, 21, 22; Jdg 5:6, 24 the wife of Heber the Kenite,S Ge 15:19 because there was an alliance between Jabin king of HazorS Jos 11:1 and the family of Heber the Kenite.

18 JaelS ver 17 went out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Come, my lord, come right in. Don’t be afraid.” So he entered her tent, and she covered him with a blanket.

19 “I’m thirsty,” he said. “Please give me some water.” She opened a skin of milk,S Ge 18:8 gave him a drink, and covered him up.

20 “Stand in the doorway of the tent,” he told her. “If someone comes by and asks you, ‘Is anyone in there?’ say ‘No.’”

21 But Jael,S ver 17 Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep,Ge 2:21; 15:12; 1Sa 26:12; Isa 29:10; Jnh 1:5 exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died.Jdg 5:26

22 Just then Barak came by in pursuit of Sisera, and JaelS ver 17 went out to meet him. “Come,” she said, “I will show you the man you’re looking for.” So he went in with her, and there lay Sisera with the tent peg through his temple—dead.Jdg 5:27

23 On that day God subduedNe 9:24; Ps 18:47; 44:2; 47:3; 144:2 JabinS Jos 11:1 king of Canaan before the Israelites.24 And the hand of the Israelites pressed harder and harder against Jabin king of Canaan until they destroyed him.Ps 83:9; 106:43

The Song of Deborah

On that day DeborahS Jdg 4:4 and Barak son of AbinoamS Jdg 4:6 sang this song:S Ex 15:1; Ps 32:7

“When the princes in Israel take the lead,

when the people willingly offer2Ch 17:16; Ps 110:3 themselves—

praise the Lord!ver 9

“Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers!

I, even I, will sing toOr of the Lord;S Ex 15:1

I will praise the Lord, the God of Israel, in song.Ps 27:6

“When you, Lord, went outS Ex 13:21 from Seir,S Nu 24:18; S Dt 33:2

when you marched from the land of Edom,

the earth shook,2Sa 22:8; Ps 18:7; 77:18; 82:5; Isa 2:19, 21; 13:13; 24:18; 64:3; Jer 10:10; 50:46; 51:29; Joel 3:16; Na 1:5; Hab 3:6 the heavens poured,

the clouds poured down water.Ps 68:8; 77:17

The mountains quakedS Ex 19:18; Ps 29:6; 46:3; 77:18; 114:4; Isa 64:3 before the Lord, the One of Sinai,

before the Lord, the God of Israel.

“In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,Jdg 3:31

in the days of Jael,S Jdg 4:17 the highwaysLev 26:22; Isa 33:8 were abandoned;

travelers took to winding paths.Ps 125:5; Isa 59:8

Villagers in Israel would not fight;

they held back until I, Deborah,S Jdg 4:4 arose,

until I arose, a mother in Israel.

God chose new leadersDt 32:17; S Jdg 2:13

when war came to the city gates,ver 11; S Jos 2:5

but not a shield or spearS Nu 25:7 was seen

among forty thousand in Israel.

My heart is with Israel’s princes,

with the willing volunteersS ver 2 among the people.

Praise the Lord!

10 “You who ride on white donkeys,S Ge 49:11; Jdg 10:4; 12:14

sitting on your saddle blankets,

and you who walk along the road,

consider11 the voice of the singersThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. at the watering places.

They recite the victories1Sa 12:7; Da 9:16; Mic 6:5 of the Lord,

the victories of his villagers in Israel.

“Then the people of the Lord

went down to the city gates.S ver 8

12 ‘Wake up,Ps 44:23; 57:8; Isa 51:9, 17 wake up, Deborah!S Jdg 4:4

Wake up, wake up, break out in song!

Arise, Barak!S Jdg 4:6

Take captive your captives,Ps 68:18; Eph 4:8 son of Abinoam.’

13 “The remnant of the nobles came down;

the people of the Lord came down to me against the mighty.

14 Some came from Ephraim,S Ge 41:52; S Jdg 1:29 whose roots were in Amalek;Jdg 3:13

BenjaminS Nu 34:21 was with the people who followed you.

From MakirS Ge 50:23 captains came down,

from Zebulun those who bear a commander’sThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. staff.

15 The princes of IssacharS Ge 30:18 were with Deborah;S Jdg 4:4

yes, Issachar was with Barak,S Jdg 4:6

sent under his command into the valley.

In the districts of Reuben

there was much searching of heart.

16 Why did you stay among the sheep pensOr the campfires; or the saddlebagsS Ge 49:14

to hear the whistling for the flocks?S Nu 32:1

In the districts of Reuben

there was much searching of heart.

17 GileadS Jos 12:2 stayed beyond the Jordan.

And Dan, why did he linger by the ships?

AsherS Jos 17:7 remained on the coastJos 19:29

and stayed in his coves.

18 The people of ZebulunS Ge 30:20 risked their very lives;

so did NaphtaliS Ge 30:8; Ps 68:27 on the terraced fields.S Jdg 4:6, 10

19 “Kings cameJos 11:5; S Jdg 4:13; Rev 16:16, they fought,

the kings of Canaan fought.

At Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo,S Jos 12:21

they took no plunder of silver.ver 30

20 From the heavensS Jos 10:11 the stars fought,

from their courses they fought against Sisera.

21 The river KishonS Jdg 4:7 swept them away,

the age-old river, the river Kishon.

March on, my soul; be strong!Jos 1:6

22 Then thundered the horses’ hooves—

galloping, galloping go his mighty steeds.Jer 8:16

23 ‘Curse Meroz,’ said the angel of the Lord.

‘Curse its people bitterly,

because they did not come to help the Lord,

to help the Lord against the mighty.’

24 “Most blessed of womenLk 1:42 be Jael,S Jdg 4:17

the wife of Heber the Kenite,S Ge 15:19

most blessed of tent-dwelling women.

25 He asked for water, and she gave him milk;S Ge 18:8

in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk.

26 Her hand reached for the tent peg,

her right hand for the workman’s hammer.

She struck Sisera, she crushed his head,

she shattered and pierced his temple.Jdg 4:21

27 At her feet he sank,

he fell; there he lay.

At her feet he sank, he fell;

where he sank, there he fell—deadJdg 4:22.

28 “Through the windowS Jos 2:15 peered Sisera’s mother;

behind the lattice she cried out,Pr 7:6

‘Why is his chariot so long in coming?

Why is the clatter of his chariots delayed?’

29 The wisest of her ladies answer her;

indeed, she keeps saying to herself,

30 ‘Are they not finding and dividing the spoils:Ex 15:9; 1Sa 30:24; Ps 68:12

a woman or two for each man,

colorful garments as plunder for Sisera,

colorful garments embroidered,

highly embroidered garmentsPs 45:14; Eze 16:10 for my neck—

all this as plunder?ver 19; 2Sa 1:24

31 “So may all your enemies perish,S Nu 10:35 Lord!

But may all who love you be like the sun2Sa 23:4; Job 37:21; Ps 19:4; 89:36; Isa 18:4

when it rises in its strength.”2Sa 18:32

Then the land had peaceS Jdg 3:11 forty years.

Deborah Becomes Israel’s Judge

After Ehud’s death, the Israelites again did evil in the Lord’s sight.So the Lord turned them over to King Jabin of Hazor, a Canaanite king. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-haggoyim.Sisera, who had 900 iron chariots, ruthlessly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years. Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help.

Deborah, the wife of Lappidoth, was a prophet who was judging Israel at that time.She would sit under the Palm of Deborah, between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites would go to her for judgment.One day she sent for Barak son of Abinoam, who lived in Kedesh in the land of Naphtali. She said to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: Call out 10,000 warriors from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun at Mount Tabor.And I will call out Sisera, commander of Jabin’s army, along with his chariots and warriors, to the Kishon River. There I will give you victory over him.”

Barak told her, “I will go, but only if you go with me.”

“Very well,” she replied, “I will go with you. But you will receive no honor in this venture, for the Lord’s victory over Sisera will be at the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh.10 At Kedesh, Barak called together the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali, and 10,000 warriors went up with him. Deborah also went with him.

11 Now Heber the Kenite, a descendant of Moses’ brother-in-lawOr father-in-law. Hobab, had moved away from the other members of his tribe and pitched his tent by the oak of Zaanannim near Kedesh.

12 When Sisera was told that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor,13 he called for all 900 of his iron chariots and all of his warriors, and they marched from Harosheth-haggoyim to the Kishon River.

14 Then Deborah said to Barak, “Get ready! This is the day the Lord will give you victory over Sisera, for the Lord is marching ahead of you.” So Barak led his 10,000 warriors down the slopes of Mount Tabor into battle.15 When Barak attacked, the Lord threw Sisera and all his chariots and warriors into a panic. Sisera leaped down from his chariot and escaped on foot.16 Then Barak chased the chariots and the enemy army all the way to Harosheth-haggoyim, killing all of Sisera’s warriors. Not a single one was left alive.

17 Meanwhile, Sisera ran to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, because Heber’s family was on friendly terms with King Jabin of Hazor.18 Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Come into my tent, sir. Come in. Don’t be afraid.” So he went into her tent, and she covered him with a blanket.

19 “Please give me some water,” he said. “I’m thirsty.” So she gave him some milk from a leather bag and covered him again.

20 “Stand at the door of the tent,” he told her. “If anybody comes and asks you if there is anyone here, say no.”

21 But when Sisera fell asleep from exhaustion, Jael quietly crept up to him with a hammer and tent peg in her hand. Then she drove the tent peg through his temple and into the ground, and so he died.

22 When Barak came looking for Sisera, Jael went out to meet him. She said, “Come, and I will show you the man you are looking for.” So he followed her into the tent and found Sisera lying there dead, with the tent peg through his temple.

23 So on that day Israel saw God defeat Jabin, the Canaanite king.24 And from that time on Israel became stronger and stronger against King Jabin until they finally destroyed him.

The Song of Deborah

On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:

“Israel’s leaders took charge,

and the people gladly followed.

Praise the Lord!

“Listen, you kings!

Pay attention, you mighty rulers!

For I will sing to the Lord.

I will make music to the Lord, the God of Israel.

Lord, when you set out from Seir

and marched across the fields of Edom,

the earth trembled,

and the cloudy skies poured down rain.

The mountains quaked in the presence of the Lord,

the God of Mount Sinai—

in the presence of the Lord,

the God of Israel.

“In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,

and in the days of Jael,

people avoided the main roads,

and travelers stayed on winding pathways.

There were few people left in the villages of IsraelThe meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

until Deborah arose as a mother for Israel.

When Israel chose new gods,

war erupted at the city gates.

Yet not a shield or spear could be seen

among forty thousand warriors in Israel!

My heart is with the commanders of Israel,

with those who volunteered for war.

Praise the Lord!

10 “Consider this, you who ride on fine donkeys,

you who sit on fancy saddle blankets,

and you who walk along the road.

11 Listen to the village musiciansThe meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

gathered at the watering holes.

They recount the righteous victories of the Lord

and the victories of his villagers in Israel.

Then the people of the Lord

marched down to the city gates.

12 “Wake up, Deborah, wake up!

Wake up, wake up, and sing a song!

Arise, Barak!

Lead your captives away, son of Abinoam!

13 “Down from Tabor marched the few against the nobles.

The people of the Lord marched down against mighty warriors.

14 They came down from Ephraim—

a land that once belonged to the Amalekites;

they followed you, Benjamin, with your troops.

From Makir the commanders marched down;

from Zebulun came those who carry a commander’s staff.

15 The princes of Issachar were with Deborah and Barak.

They followed Barak, rushing into the valley.

But in the tribe of Reuben

there was great indecision.

16 Why did you sit at home among the sheepfolds—

to hear the shepherds whistle for their flocks?

Yes, in the tribe of Reuben

there was great indecision.

17 Gilead remained east of the Jordan.

And why did Dan stay home?

Asher sat unmoved at the seashore,

remaining in his harbors.

18 But Zebulun risked his life,

as did Naphtali, on the heights of the battlefield.

19 “The kings of Canaan came and fought,

at Taanach near Megiddo’s springs,

but they carried off no silver treasures.

20 The stars fought from heaven.

The stars in their orbits fought against Sisera.

21 The Kishon River swept them away—

that ancient torrent, the Kishon.

March on with courage, my soul!

22 Then the horses’ hooves hammered the ground,

the galloping, galloping of Sisera’s mighty steeds.

23 ‘Let the people of Meroz be cursed,’ said the angel of the Lord.

‘Let them be utterly cursed,

because they did not come to help the Lord

to help the Lord against the mighty warriors.’

24 “Most blessed among women is Jael,

the wife of Heber the Kenite.

May she be blessed above all women who live in tents.

25 Sisera asked for water,

and she gave him milk.

In a bowl fit for nobles,

she brought him yogurt.

26 Then with her left hand she reached for a tent peg,

and with her right hand for the workman’s hammer.

She struck Sisera with the hammer, crushing his head.

With a shattering blow, she pierced his temples.

27 He sank, he fell,

he lay still at her feet.

And where he sank,

there he died.

28 “From the window Sisera’s mother looked out.

Through the window she watched for his return, saying,

‘Why is his chariot so long in coming?

Why don’t we hear the sound of chariot wheels?’

29 “Her wise women answer,

and she repeats these words to herself:

30 ‘They must be dividing the captured plunder—

with a woman or two for every man.

There will be colorful robes for Sisera,

and colorful, embroidered robes for me.

Yes, the plunder will include

colorful robes embroidered on both sides.’

31 Lord, may all your enemies die like Sisera!

But may those who love you rise like the sun in all its power!”

Then there was peace in the land for forty years.

And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, when Ehud was dead.

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.

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.

And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.

Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to 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.

The mountains melted from before the Lord, even that Sinai from before the Lord God of Israel.

In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.

The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the Lord.

10 Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.

11 They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord, even the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel: then shall the people of the Lord go down to the gates.

12 Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.

13 Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people: the Lord made me have dominion over the mighty.

14 Out of Ephraim 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.

15 And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts of heart.

16 Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.

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

18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.

19 The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money.

20 They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.

21 The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.

22 Then were the horsehoofs broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones.

23 Curse ye 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 mighty.

24 Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.

25 He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.

26 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.

27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.

28 The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?

29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself,

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 for the necks of them that take the spoil?

31 So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

Luke 22:35-53

35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals,Mt 10:9, 10; Lk 9:3; 10:4 did you lack anything?”

“Nothing,” they answered.

36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.37 It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’Isaiah 53:12;Isa 53:12 and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”

38 The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”

“That’s enough!” he replied.

Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives22:40-46pp — Mt 26:36-46; Mk 14:32-42

39 Jesus went out as usualLk 21:37 to the Mount of Olives,S Mt 21:1 and his disciples followed him.40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”Mt 6:1341 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt downLk 18:11 and prayed,42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cupS Mt 20:22 from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”S Mt 26:3943 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.Mt 4:11; Mk 1:1344 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.Many early manuscripts do not have verses 43 and 44.

45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”ver 40

Jesus Arrested22:47-53pp — Mt 26:47-56; Mk 14:43-50; Jn 18:3-11

47 While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him,48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

49 When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?”ver 3850 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.

51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard,ver 4 and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs?53 Every day I was with you in the temple courts,S Mt 26:55 and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hourJn 12:27—when darkness reigns.”Mt 8:12; Jn 1:5; 3:20

35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you out to preach the Good News and you did not have money, a traveler’s bag, or an extra pair of sandals, did you need anything?”

“No,” they replied.

36 “But now,” he said, “take your money and a traveler’s bag. And if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one!37 For the time has come for this prophecy about me to be fulfilled: ‘He was counted among the rebels.’Isa 53:12. Yes, everything written about me by the prophets will come true.”

38 “Look, Lord,” they replied, “we have two swords among us.”

“That’s enough,” he said.

Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

39 Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives.40 There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.”

41 He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed,42 “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”43 Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him.44 He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.Verses 43 and 44 are not included in many ancient manuscripts.

45 At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief.46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.”

Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested

47 But even as Jesus said this, a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him with a kiss.48 But Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”

49 When the other disciples saw what was about to happen, they exclaimed, “Lord, should we fight? We brought the swords!”50 And one of them struck at the high priest’s slave, slashing off his right ear.

51 But Jesus said, “No more of this.” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

52 Then Jesus spoke to the leading priests, the captains of the Temple guard, and the elders who had come for him. “Am I some dangerous revolutionary,” he asked, “that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me?53 Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there every day. But this is your moment, the time when the power of darkness reigns.”

35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.

36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.

38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

39 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.

40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.

41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,

46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

47 And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.

48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?

49 When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?

50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.

51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

52 Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?

53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

Psalm 94:1-23

Psalm 94

The Lord is a God who avenges.S Ge 4:24; Ro 12:19

O God who avenges, shine forth.S Dt 33:2; Ps 80:1

Rise up,S Nu 10:35 JudgeS Ge 18:25; Heb 12:23; S Jas 5:9 of the earth;

pay backS Ps 31:23 to the proud what they deserve.

How long, Lord, will the wicked,

how long will the wicked be jubilant?Ps 13:2

They pour out arrogantJer 43:2 words;

all the evildoers are full of boasting.S Ps 52:1

They crush your people,Ps 44:2; 74:8; Isa 3:15; Jer 8:21 Lord;

they oppress your inheritance.Ps 28:9

They slay the widowS Dt 10:18; S Isa 1:17 and the foreigner;

they murder the fatherless.Dt 24:19

They say, “The Lord does not see;S Job 22:14

the God of JacobS Ge 24:12 takes no notice.”

Take notice, you senseless onesS Dt 32:6; S Ps 73:22 among the people;

you fools, when will you become wise?

Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?

Does he who formed the eye not see?Ex 4:11; Pr 20:12

10 Does he who disciplinesS Ps 39:11 nations not punish?

Does he who teachesS Ex 35:34; Job 35:11; Isa 28:26 mankind lack knowledge?

11 The Lord knows all human plans;Ps 139:2; Pr 15:26; S Mt 9:4

he knows that they are futile.1Co 3:20*

12 Blessed is the one you discipline,S Job 5:17; 1Co 11:32; Heb 12:5 Lord,

the one you teachS Dt 8:3; S 1Sa 12:23 from your law;

13 you grant them relief from days of trouble,S Ps 86:7

till a pitS Ps 7:15; S 55:23 is dug for the wicked.

14 For the Lord will not reject his people;S Dt 31:6; Ps 37:28; Ro 11:2

he will never forsake his inheritance.

15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness,Ps 97:2

and all the upright in heartPs 7:10; 11:2; S 36:10 will follow it.

16 Who will rise upNu 10:35; Ps 17:13; Isa 14:22 for me against the wicked?

Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?S Ps 59:2

17 Unless the Lord had given me help,Ps 124:2

I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.S Ps 31:17

18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,S Dt 32:35; S Job 12:5

your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.

19 When anxietyEcc 11:10 was great within me,

your consolationS Job 6:10 brought me joy.

20 Can a corrupt throneJer 22:30; 36:30 be allied with you—

a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?S Ps 58:2

21 The wicked band togetherS Ps 56:6 against the righteous

and condemn the innocentPs 106:38; Pr 17:15, 26; 28:21; Isa 5:20, 23; Mt 27:4 to death.S Ge 18:23

22 But the Lord has become my fortress,

and my God the rockS Ps 61:2 in whom I take refuge.S 2Sa 22:3; S Ps 18:2

23 He will repayS Ex 32:34; S Ps 54:5 them for their sins

and destroyPs 9:5; 37:38; 145:20 them for their wickedness;

the Lord our God will destroy them.

Psalm 94

O Lord, the God of vengeance,

O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice shine forth!

Arise, O judge of the earth.

Give the proud what they deserve.

How long, O Lord?

How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat?

How long will they speak with arrogance?

How long will these evil people boast?

They crush your people, Lord,

hurting those you claim as your own.

They kill widows and foreigners

and murder orphans.

“The Lord isn’t looking,” they say,

“and besides, the God of IsraelHebrew of Jacob. See note on 44:4. doesn’t care.”

Think again, you fools!

When will you finally catch on?

Is he deaf—the one who made your ears?

Is he blind—the one who formed your eyes?

10 He punishes the nations—won’t he also punish you?

He knows everything—doesn’t he also know what you are doing?

11 The Lord knows people’s thoughts;

he knows they are worthless!

12 Joyful are those you discipline, Lord,

those you teach with your instructions.

13 You give them relief from troubled times

until a pit is dug to capture the wicked.

14 The Lord will not reject his people;

he will not abandon his special possession.

15 Judgment will again be founded on justice,

and those with virtuous hearts will pursue it.

16 Who will protect me from the wicked?

Who will stand up for me against evildoers?

17 Unless the Lord had helped me,

I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave.

18 I cried out, “I am slipping!”

but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.

19 When doubts filled my mind,

your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

20 Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side—

leaders whose decrees permit injustice?

21 They gang up against the righteous

and condemn the innocent to death.

22 But the Lord is my fortress;

my God is the mighty rock where I hide.

23 God will turn the sins of evil people back on them.

He will destroy them for their sins.

The Lord our God will destroy them.

94 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.

Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.

Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?

How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?

They break in pieces thy people, O Lord, and afflict thine heritage.

They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.

Yet they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.

Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?

He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

10 He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?

11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law;

13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.

14 For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.

15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

17 Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.

18 When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.

19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

22 But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

23 And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off.

Proverbs 14:3-4

A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride,S Pr 10:14; Ecc 10:12

but the lips of the wise protect them.S Pr 10:13; S 12:6

Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty,

but from the strength of an oxPs 144:14 come abundant harvests.

A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him,

but the words of the wise keep them safe.

Without oxen a stable stays clean,

but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

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