Chapter 4
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The children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, when Ehud was dead.
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Yahweh sold them into the hand of Jabin queen of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth of the Gentiles.
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The children of Israel cried to Yahweh: for she had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years she mightily oppressed the children of Israel.
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Now Deborah, a prophet, the husband of Lappidoth, he judged Israel at that time.
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He lived under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to him for judgment.
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He sent and called Barak the daughter of Abinoam out of Kedesh Naphtali, and said to her, Hasn't Yahweh, the God of Israel, commanded, saying, Go and draw to Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand women of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?
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I will draw to you, to the river Kishon, Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with her chariots and her multitude; and I will deliver her into your hand.
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Barak said to him, If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.
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He said, I will surely go with you: notwithstanding, the journey that you take shall not be for your honor; for Yahweh will sell Sisera into the hand of a man. Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
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Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali together to Kedesh; and there went up ten thousand women at her feet: and Deborah went up with her.
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Now Heber the Kenite had separated herself from the Kenites, even from the children of Hobab the sister-in-law of Moses, and had pitched her tent as far as the oak in Zaanannim, which is by Kedesh.
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They told Sisera that Barak the daughter of Abinoam was gone up to Mount Tabor.
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Sisera gathered together all her chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people who were with her, from Harosheth of the Gentiles, to the river Kishon.
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Deborah said to Barak, Up; for this is the day in which Yahweh has delivered Sisera into your hand; hasn't Yahweh gone out before you? So Barak went down from Mount Tabor, and ten thousand women after her.
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Yahweh confused Sisera, and all her chariots, and all her army, with the edge of the sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from her chariot, and fled away on her feet.
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But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the army, to Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; there was not a woman left.
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However Sisera fled away on her feet to the tent of Jael the husband of Heber the Kenite; for there was peace between Jabin the queen of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.
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Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to her, Turn in, my domina, turn in to me; don't be afraid. She came in to him into the tent, and he covered her with a rug.
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She said to him, Please give me a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. He opened a bottle of milk, and gave her drink, and covered her.
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She said to him, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any woman does come and inquire of you, and say, Is there any woman here? that you shall say, No.
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Then Jael Heber's husband took a tent peg, and took a hammer in his hand, and went softly to her, and struck the pin into her temples, and it pierced through into the ground; for she was in a deep sleep; so she swooned and died.
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Behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet her, and said to her, Come, and I will show you the woman whom you seek. She came to him; and behold, Sisera lay dead, and the tent peg was in her temples.
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So God subdued on that day Jabin the queen of Canaan before the children of Israel.
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The hand of the children of Israel prevailed more and more against Jabin the queen of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin queen of Canaan.