20 The stars fought from the heavens;
the stars fought with Sisera from their courses.
21 The river Kishon swept them away,(A)
the ancient river, the river Kishon.
March on, my soul, in strength!
22 The horses’ hooves then hammered—
the galloping, galloping of his[a] stallions.
23 “Curse Meroz,” says the Angel of the Lord,
“Bitterly curse her inhabitants,
for they did not come to help the Lord,
to help the Lord against the mighty warriors.”

24 Jael is most blessed of women,
the wife of Heber the Kenite;
she is most blessed among tent-dwelling women.
25 He asked for water; she gave him milk.
She brought him curdled milk(B) in a majestic bowl.
26 She reached for a tent peg,
her right hand, for a workman’s mallet.
Then she hammered Sisera—
she crushed his head;
she shattered and pierced his temple.
27 He collapsed, he fell, he lay down at[b] her feet;
he collapsed, he fell at her feet;
where he collapsed, there he fell—dead.

28 Sisera’s mother looked through the window;
she peered through the lattice, crying out:
“Why is his chariot so long in coming?
Why don’t I hear the hoofbeats of his horses?”[c]
29 Her wisest princesses answer her;
she even answers herself:[d]
30 “Are they not finding and dividing the spoil—
a girl or two for each warrior,
the spoil of colored garments for Sisera,
the spoil of an embroidered garment or two for my neck?”[e]

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 5:22 = Sisera’s
  2. Judges 5:27 Lit between
  3. Judges 5:28 Lit Why have the hoofbeats of his chariots delayed
  4. Judges 5:29 Lit answers her words
  5. Judges 5:30 Hb obscure

But they forgot the Lord their God, so He handed them over to Sisera(A) commander of the army of Hazor, to the Philistines, and to the king of Moab.(B) These enemies fought against them.

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Deal with them as You did with Midian,(A)
as You did with Sisera
and Jabin at the Kishon River.(B)

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