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9My heart is toward the governors of Israel,
That offered themselves willingly among the people.
Bless ye the Lord.
10Ye that ride on white asses,
Ye that sit on rich cloths,
And ye that walk by the way, tell of it;
11Louder than the voice of archers, by the watering-troughs!
There shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord,
Even the righteous acts of His rulers in Israel.
Then the people of the Lord went down to the gates.
12Awake, awake, Deborah;
Awake, awake, utter a song;
Arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.
13Then made He a remnant to have dominion over the nobles and the people;
The Lord made me have dominion over the mighty.
14Out of Ephraim came they whose root is in Amalek;
After thee, Benjamin, among thy peoples;
Out of Machir came down governors,
And out of Zebulun they that handle the marshal's staff.
15And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah;
As was Issachar, so was Barak;
Into the valley they rushed forth at his feet.
Among the divisions of Reuben
There were great resolves of heart.
16Why sattest thou among the sheepfolds,
To hear the pipings for the flocks?
At the divisions of Reuben
There were great searchings of heart.
17Gilead abode beyond the Jordan;
And Dan, why doth he sojourn by the ships?
Asher dwelt at the shore of the sea,
And abideth by its bays.
18Zebulun is a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death,
And Naphtali, upon the high places of the field.
19The kings came, they fought;
Then fought the kings of Canaan,
In Taanach by the waters of Megiddo;
They took no gain of money.
20They fought from heaven,
The stars in their courses fought against Sisera.
21The brook Kishon swept them away,
That ancient brook, the brook Kishon.
O my soul, tread them down with strength.
22Then did the horsehoofs stamp
By reason of the prancings, the prancings 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.'
24Blessed above women shall Jael be,
The wife of Heber the Kenite,
Above women in the tent shall she be blessed.
25Water he asked, milk she gave him;
In a lordly bowl she brought him curd.
26Her hand she put to the tent-pin,
And her right hand to the workmen's hammer;
And with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote through his head,
Yea, she pierced and struck through his temples.