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Dommerbogen 4:1-24

Herren giver sejr gennem profeten Debora

1Efter Ehuds død gjorde israelitterne igen, hvad der var ondt i Herrens øjne. 2Da udleverede Herren dem til kana’anæerkongen Jabin af Hatzor. Kongens hærfører hed Sisera, og han boede i Haroshet-ha-Gojim. 3Med sine 900 stridsvogne med jernbeslåede hjul besejrede han israelitterne og undertrykte dem brutalt i 20 år. Til sidst råbte folket til Herren om hjælp.

4På det tidspunkt var profeten Debora, Lappidots kone, dommer i Israel. 5Hun plejede at sidde under Deboras palmetræ et sted mellem Rama og Betel i Efraims højland, og dér kom israelitterne til hende med deres retssager.

6En dag sendte Debora bud efter Barak, Abinoams søn, der boede i Kedesh i Naftalis land. „Herren, Israels Gud, har befalet, at du skal samle 10.000 mænd fra Naftalis og Zebulons stammer på Tabors bjerg,” sagde hun til Barak. 7„Så vil Herren lokke kong Jabins hærfører, Sisera, hans hær og stridsvogne til Kishonbækken og udlevere dem til dig dér.”

8„Godt,” svarede Barak, „jeg tager af sted—men på den betingelse, at du tager med!”

9„Jeg skal gerne gå med,” svarede Debora. „Men i så fald bliver det en kvinde, der får æren for sejren over Sisera og ikke dig.” Derpå fulgte hun med ham til Kedesh. 10Da de nåede derhen, samlede Barak Zebulons og Naftalis stammer og 10.000 mand drog af sted til Tabor. Debora gik med.

11Nu var der en mand ved navn Heber, som havde slået lejr i nærheden af egetræet ved Sa’anannim. Han var efterkommer af Moses’ svoger Hobab, men havde fjernet sig fra sine øvrige kenitiske slægtninge.

12Da Sisera fik at vide, at Barak og hans hær havde slået lejr på Tabors bjerg, 13mobiliserede han hele hæren og alle 900 jernvogne og marcherede fra Haroshet-ha-Gojim til Kishonbækken.

14Da sagde Debora til Barak: „Bryd op! Herren vil gå foran dig og give dig sejr over Sisera i dag.” Straks førte Barak sine 10.000 mand ned fra Tabors bjerg og rykkede frem til angreb.

15Idet Barak angreb, skabte Herren panik blandt Siseras mænd og vogne, så Sisera måtte springe ned fra sin vogn og flygte til fods. 16Barak og hans mænd forfulgte fjenderne og deres vogne helt til Haroshet-ha-Gojim, indtil hele Siseras hær var hugget ned.

17-18I mellemtiden var Sisera undsluppet og var nået til kenitten Hebers lejr. Hebers slægt havde nemlig indgået en venskabspagt med kong Jabin af Hatzor. Hebers kone, Jael, gik nu Sisera i møde og sagde: „Her har du intet at frygte. Kom med ind i mit telt.” Så fulgte han med hende ind i teltet, hvor hun dækkede ham til med et tæppe. 19„Giv mig lidt vand,” sagde han til hende, „jeg er så tørstig.” Hun gav ham lidt mælk fra lædersækken og dækkede ham til igen. 20„Stil dig i teltdøren,” fortsatte han, „og hvis der kommer nogen og spørger, om der er en kriger her, skal du sige nej.”

21Men da Sisera var faldet i søvn af udmattelse, tog Jael en spids teltpløk og en hammer og sneg sig hen til ham. Så hamrede hun pløkken gennem tindingen på ham og ned i jorden.

22Da Barak senere kom for at lede efter Sisera, gik Jael ham i møde og sagde: „Kom, så skal jeg vise dig ham, du leder efter.” Da fulgte Barak efter hende ind i teltet og fandt Sisera død med teltpløkken gennem tindingen.

23Den dag så israelitterne, hvordan Herren gav dem sejr over kana’anæerkongen Jabin, 24og fra den dag fik Israels folk mere og mere overtaget, indtil de til sidst fik udryddet ham og hans folk.

New International Version

Judges 4:1-24

Deborah

1Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, now that Ehud was dead. 2So the Lord sold them into the hands of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. Sisera, the commander of his army, was based in Harosheth Haggoyim. 3Because he had nine hundred chariots fitted with iron and had cruelly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the Lord for help.

4Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading4:4 Traditionally judging Israel at that time. 5She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. 6She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. 7I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.’ ”

8Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”

9“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. 10There Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali, and ten thousand men went up under his command. Deborah also went up with him.

11Now Heber the Kenite had left the other Kenites, the descendants of Hobab, Moses’ brother-in-law,4:11 Or father-in-law and pitched his tent by the great tree in Zaanannim near Kedesh.

12When they told Sisera that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor, 13Sisera summoned from Harosheth Haggoyim to the Kishon River all his men and his nine hundred chariots fitted with iron.

14Then Deborah said to Barak, “Go! This is the day the Lord has given Sisera into your hands. Has not the Lord gone ahead of you?” So Barak went down Mount Tabor, with ten thousand men following him. 15At Barak’s advance, the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword, and Sisera got down from his chariot and fled on foot.

16Barak pursued the chariots and army as far as Harosheth Haggoyim, and all Sisera’s troops fell by the sword; not a man was left. 17Sisera, meanwhile, fled on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, because there was an alliance between Jabin king of Hazor and the family of Heber the Kenite.

18Jael 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, 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.’ ”

21But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died.

22Just then Barak came by in pursuit of Sisera, and Jael 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.

23On that day God subdued Jabin king of Canaan before the Israelites. 24And the hand of the Israelites pressed harder and harder against Jabin king of Canaan until they destroyed him.