SynopsisThis is an interesting passage, about Deborah—who is not a judge, but is a prophetess. However, judge or not, the passage is mostly about her.
So Barak and the Israelite army go into battle with Sisera, and defeat his entire army, leaving not a single man behind. Sisera, however, flees on foot, and ends up at the tent of a woman named Jael (wife of Haber), who is a Kenite. There are friendly relations between the Kenites and Jabin’s kingdom, so Sisera feels safe with Jael.
Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”
“Very well,” Deborah said, “I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will hand Sisera over to a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh, where he summoned Zebulun and Naphtali. Ten thousand men followed him, and Deborah also went with him.