“Lead thy captivity captive.”

Judges 5:1-18

We shall now hear Deborah sing her right noble poem of victory. She was both prophetess and poetess. All powers of poetry should be consecrated to the honour of God who bestows them.

Judges 5:1, 2

Unto God all the praise is given. The people were willing, but God made their zealous valour to be successful.

Judges 5:3

To such a woman, upon such a theme, the loftiest monarchs might wisely listen.

Judges 5:4, 5

All the kings around are bidden to remember the glorious marching of Jehovah, when he led his people from Egypt to Canaan; even on the road to battle the Lord displayed the glory of his majesty.

Judges 5:6, 7

Trade and travelling were at an end, for the country was unsafe.

Husbandry could not be carried on, the people fled to the walled towns for fear.

Judges 5:8

On account of Israel’s idolatry, they had become so reduced, and their oppressors had so completely disarmed them, that they had no fit weapons for war.

Judges 5:9

It is indeed a blessing when the governors lead the way in good things.

Judges 5:10

Justice could not be dispensed, civil affairs were all unkinged, no one was safe, but Deborah and Barak changed the scene.

Judges 5:11

In times of peace, when no robber was to be feared at the well, this song of gratitude would be sung, and the Lord would be praised.

Judges 5:12

Mark how the poet glows and burns.

Judges 5:13

God put Deborah first as ruler, but she did not fail to make honourable mention of all who shared in the fight, nor afterwards to rebuke those who shunned it.

Judges 5:16

Divided in council and indolent in spirit, Reuben lent no assistance. This was a sad business.

Judges 5:17

Some with no excuse, and others with a bad excuse, refrained from the patriotic war, and missed its glories. How disgraceful not to do their utmost in such a cause. Lord, save us from cowardice and slothfulness, and let us rather be such bold, self-sacrificing spirits as those the poet sings of in the next verse.

Judges 5:18

Here we are compelled to make a break, until our next reading.



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