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Chapter 1[edit]

1 After the death of Joshua, the Children of Israel asked God: "Who will go and fight the Ca'ananites?"
2 God said: "Judah should fight, I have given him the land."
3 And Judah said to Simeon his brother: "Come with me with my destiny, so we can fight the Ca'ananites and I will come with you and your destiny likewise."
4 Judah fought after God gave them the Ca'ananites and Perizites and ten thousand men were killed at Bezek.

Judges 2-4[edit]

[not translated]

Judges 5[edit]

0 And Devorah(Deborah) and Varak son of Avino'am did sing(S) on that day(R), saying (S):

1 In Israel's wild-haired outburst, in volunteering, a nation sanctified Yahweh.

2 Listen, kings, attention (R) nobles, (S) I, to Yahweh, I shall sing. My tune(R) to Yahweh, God of Israel.

3 Yahweh, as you exited Sa'ir, in your strides from Edom's field(S), Earth rumbled, also the skies dripped(S) and rainclouds dripped(R) water.(S) 4 Mountains flowed before Yahweh. This being(R) Sinai. Before Yahweh, the God of Israel.(S)

5 In the days of Shamgar son of (R) 'anat, (S) in the days of Ya'al, the mainroads stopped, and the wayfarers did walk roundabout roads.(S) 6 They no more decreed on Israel,(R) no more, (S) until I arose, Deborah, arose as a mother of Israel.(S) 7 He did chose (R) new Gods, then war at the gates. Will a shield and a spear be seen among forty thousand in Israel?(S)

8 My heart goes out (R) to Israel's lawmakers, (S) the volunteers of the nation. Bless(R) Yahweh.(S) 9 Those riding pure-white mules,(S) sitting (R) in judgement, and walking the upright path, hold forth.(S) 10 In archers' voices, inbetween (R) the water wells,(S) there will Yahweh's righteousness be carried forth. (S) The righteousness of his nobility in Israel(S). Then to the gates (R) Yahweh's nation will descend(S). 11 Arise, Deborah, arise.(S) Arise, arise, speak song.(S) Stand, Varak and capture your captors, son (R)of Avino'am.(S)

12 Then the fragment oversaw the nation's mighty.(S) Yahweh had me oversee champions.(S) 13 Ephraim's kind, their roots(R) of 'amalek(S), after you comes Benjamin, in your people.(S) From Machir's line descended lawmakers.(S) Out of Zvulun, carriers of the (R) census staff.(S) 14 And my ministers from Isaschar are with Deborah.(S) And as is Isaschar(R), so is Barak. In the valley, dispatched at his hands [1], In Reuben's divisions are the great bearers (R) of heart.(S) 15 Why did you sit between the sheepfolds, to listen to the whistles of the herders? In Reuben's divisions are the great seekers (R) of heart(S). 16 Gil'ad, in the trans-Jordan dwells,(S) and Dan, why will he wander on ships,(S) that return to (R) sea shores?(S) And on its bays will dwell.(S) 17 Zvulun, (R) a people who risks its life onto death, and Naftali, on the (R) high fields.(S)

18 Kings came, and battled.(S) Then the kings of Canaan battled. In Ta'nach on (R) Megido's waters (S), they took no wage of silver.(S) 19 Of (R) the skies, they battled.(S) The stars on their tracks battled with (R) Sisra.(S) 20 The Kishon creek dragged them.(S) Ancient Kishon creek, steep my soul (R) in courage.(S) 21 Then the horses hooves stamped with the (R) gallopping (S) gallops of its mighty warriors.(S) 22 "Accursed Maroz", said an angel of Yahweh, "be cursed, its accursed settlers." (R) Because they did not come to Yahweh's aid, (S) to aid (R) Yahweh with the champions.(S)

23 Of the women, be blessed Ya'el, wife of Chever (R) the Keynite.(S) Of all the women in the tent, be blessed.(S) 24 He pleaded "Water", she gave milk.(S) In the chalice of the mighty, she offered (R) butter.(S) 25 To the tent-pin she sent her hand,(S) and her right hand(R) to the worker's hammer.(S) And she struck Sisra, smashed (R) his head(S), And she split it right through his temples.(S) 26 Between her legs he crouched, fell, lay.(S) Between her legs, crouched, (R) fell(S). In that he crouched, there he fell, plundered.(S)

27 Out the window Sisra's mother, appeared, and worried over the lattice. (S) Why does his chariot hesitate to come? (S) Why are the stomps of his chariots late?(S) 28 The wisest of her female minister answered her,(S) Even she could come back with (R)her own answer(S) 29 For will they not find and divide plunder?(S) A broad bosom or two for each guy?(S) Plundered dyed cloth for Sisra? Plunder of embroidered colored plunder? Colored embroidery for the necks of the spoilers?(S)

30 Thus will all your enemies be lost, Yahweh(R), and those who love him, as the sunrise in his might.(S) And the land quieted for forty years.(R)(Sh)

Judges 6-21[edit]

[not translated]


  1. The actual translation is dispatched at his _feet_, but since this is decribing a group of armies it is probable that each "foot" is an infantry. This double-meaning doesn't work in English, but hands works.

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