1 But after the death of Ehud, the sons of Israel resumed doing evil in the sight of the Lord.
2 And the Lord delivered them into the hands of Jabin, the king of Canaan, who reigned at Hazor. And he had a commander of his army named Sisera, but this man lived at Harosheth of the Gentiles.
3 And the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord. For he had nine hundred chariots with scythes, and he vehemently oppressed them for twenty years.
4 Now there was a prophetess, Deborah, the wife of Lappidoth, who judged the people in that time.
5 And she was sitting under a palm tree, which was called by her name, between Ramah and Bethel, on Mount Ephraim. And the sons of Israel went up to her for every judgment.
6 And she sent and called Barak, the son of Abinoam, from Kedesh of Naphtali. And she said to him: “The Lord, the God of Israel, instructs you: ‘Go and lead an army to Mount Tabor, and you shall take with you ten thousand fighting men from the sons of Naphtali and from the sons of Zebulun.
7 Then I will lead to you, at the place of the torrent Kishon, Sisera, the leader of the army of Jabin, with his chariots and the entire multitude. And I will deliver them into your hand.’ “
8 And Barak said to her: “If you will come with me, I will go. If you are not willing to come with me, I will not go.”
9 She said to him: “Indeed, I will go with you. But due to this change, the victory shall not be reputed to you. And so Sisera will be delivered into the hand of a woman.” Therefore, Deborah rose up, and she traveled with Barak to Kedesh.
10 And he, summoning Zebulun and Naphtali, ascended with ten thousand fighting men, having Deborah in his company.
11 Now Heber, the Kenite, had previously withdrawn from the rest of the Kenites, his brothers, the sons of Hobab, the relative of Moses. And he had pitched his tents as far as the valley that is called Zaanannim, which was near Kedesh.
12 And it was reported to Sisera that Barak, the son of Abinoam, had ascended to Mount Tabor.
13 And he gathered together the nine hundred chariots with scythes, and the entire army, from Harosheth of the Gentiles to the torrent Kishon.
14 And Deborah said to Barak: “Rise up. For this is the day on which the Lord delivers Sisera into your hands. For he is your commander.” And so, Barak descended from Mount Tabor, and the ten thousand fighting men with him.
15 And the Lord struck Sisera with great fear, and all his chariots and all his multitude with the edge of the sword, in the sight of Barak, so much so that Sisera, leaping from his chariot, fled on foot.
16 And Barak pursued the fleeing chariots, and the army, as far as Harosheth of the Gentiles. And the entire multitude of the enemy was cut down, unto utter annihilation.
17 But Sisera, while fleeing, arrived at the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber, the Kenite. For there was peace between Jabin, the king of Hazor, and the house of Heber, the Kenite.
18 Therefore, Jael went out to meet Sisera, and she said to him: “Enter to me, my lord. Enter, you should not be afraid.” And he entered her tent, and having been covered by her with a cloak,
19 he said to her: “Give me, I beg you, a little water. For I am very thirsty.” And she opened a bottle of milk, and she gave him to drink. And she covered him.
20 And Sisera said to her: “Stand before the door of the tent. And if anyone arrives, questioning you and saying, ‘Could there be any man here?’ you shall respond, ‘There is no one.’ “
21 And so Jael, the wife of Heber, took a spike from the tent, and also took a mallet. And entering unseen and with silence, she placed the spike over the temple of his head. And striking it with the mallet, she drove it through his brain, as far as the ground. And so, joining deep sleep to death, he fell unconscious and died.
22 And behold, Barak arrived, in pursuit of Sisera. And Jael, going out to meet him, said to him, “Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking.” And when he had entered her tent, he saw Sisera lying dead, with the spike fixed in his temples.
23 Thus did God humble Jabin, the king of Canaan, on that day, before the sons of Israel.
24 And they increased every day. And with a strong hand they overpowered Jabin, the king of Canaan, until they wiped him out.
1 In that day, Deborah and Barak, the son of Abinoam, sang out, saying:
2 All you of Israel who have willingly offered your lives to danger, bless the Lord!
3 Listen, O kings! Pay attention, O princes! It is I, it is I, who will sing to the Lord. I will sing a psalm to the Lord, the God of Israel!
4 O Lord, when you departed from Seir, and you crossed through the regions of Edom, the earth and the heavens were moved, and the clouds rained down water.
5 The mountains flowed away before the face of the Lord, and Sinai, before the face of the Lord God of Israel.
6 In the days of Shamgar, the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the paths were quiet. And whoever entered by them, walked along rough byways.
7 The strong men ceased, and they rested in Israel, until Deborah rose up, until a mother rose up in Israel.
8 The Lord chose new wars, and he himself overturned the gates of the enemies. A shield with a spear was not seen among the forty thousand of Israel.
9 My heart loves the leaders of Israel. All you who, of your own free will, offered yourselves during a crisis, bless the Lord.
10 You who ride upon donkeys laboring, and you who sit in judgment, and you who walk along the way, speak out.
11 Where the chariots were struck together, and the army of the enemies was choked, in that place, let the justices of the Lord be described, and let his clemency be for the brave of Israel. Then did the people of the Lord descend to the gates, and obtain leadership.
12 Rise up, rise up, O Deborah! Rise up, rise up, and speak a canticle! Rise up, Barak, and seize your captives, O son of Abinoam.
13 The remnants of the people were saved. The Lord contended with the strong.
14 Out of Ephraim, he destroyed those with Amalek, and after him, out of Benjamin, those of your people, O Amalek. From Machir, there descended leaders, and from Zebulun, those who led the army to war.
15 The commanders of Issachar were with Deborah, and they followed the steps of Barak, who endangered himself, like one rushing headlong into a chasm. Reuben was divided against himself. Contention was found among great souls.
16 Why do you live between two borders, so that you hear the bleating of the flocks? Reuben was divided against himself. Contention was found among great souls.
17 Gilead rested beyond the Jordan, and Dan was occupied with ships. Asher was living on the shore of the sea, and dwelling in the ports.
18 Yet truly, Zebulun and Naphtali offered their lives to death in the region of Merom.
19 The kings came and fought; the kings of Canaan fought at Taanach, beside the waters of Megiddo. And yet they took no spoils.
20 The conflict against them was from heaven. The stars, remaining in their order and courses, fought against Sisera.
21 The torrent of Kishon dragged away their carcasses, the onrushing torrent, the torrent of Kishon. O my soul, tread upon the stalwart!
22 The hoofs of the horses were broken, while the strongest of the enemies fled away with fury, and rushed on to ruin.
23 ‘Cursed be the land of Meroz!’ said the Angel of the Lord. ‘Cursed be its inhabitants! For they did not come to the aid of the Lord, to the assistance of his most valiant men.’
24 Blessed among women is Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite. And blessed is she in her tabernacle.
25 He begged her for water, and she gave him milk, and she offered him butter in a dish fit for princes.
26 She put her left hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workman’s mallet. And she struck Sisera, seeking in his head a place for the wound, and strongly piercing his temples.
27 Between her feet, he was ruined. He fainted away and passed on. He curled up before her feet, and he lay there lifeless and miserable.
28 His mother gazed through a window and wailed. And she spoke from an upper room: ‘Why does his chariot delay in returning? Why are the feet of his team of horses so slow?’
29 One who was wiser than the rest of his wives responded to her mother-in-law with this:
30 ‘Perhaps he is now dividing the spoils, and the most beautiful among the women is being selected for him. Garments of diverse colors are being delivered to Sisera as spoils, and various goods are being collected for the adornment of necks.’
31 O Lord, so may all your enemies perish! But may those who love you shine with splendor, as the sun shines at its rising.”
32 And the land rested for forty years.
41 NUN. Let us lift up our hearts, with our hands, toward the Lord in the heavens.
42 NUN. We have acted sinfully, and we have provoked to wrath. About this, you are relentless.
43 SAMECH. You have covered us in your fury, and you have struck us. You have killed, and have not spared.
44 SAMECH. You have set a cloud opposite you, lest our prayer pass through.
45 SAMECH. In the midst of the peoples, you have uprooted me and cast me out.
46 PHE. All our enemies have opened their mouths over us.
47 PHE. Prediction has become for us a dread, and a snare, and a grief.
48 PHE. My eye has brought forth streams of water at the contrition of the daughter of my people.
49 AIN. My eye has been afflicted, and it has not been quieted, because there would be no rest
50 AIN. until the Lord looked down and saw from the heavens.
51 AIN. My eye has exhausted my soul over every one of the daughters of my city.
52 SADE. My enemies have chased me, and they have caught me like a bird, without reason.
53 SADE. My life has fallen into a pit, and they have placed a stone over me.
54 SADE. The waters have flooded over my head. I said, “I am lost.”
55 COPH. I called upon your name, O Lord, from the furthest pit.
56 COPH. You have heard my voice. Do not turn away your ear from my sobbing and my cries.
57 COPH. You drew near in the daytime, when I called upon you. You said, “Fear not.”
58 RES. You have judged, O Lord, the case of my soul. You are the Redeemer of my life.
59 RES. You have seen, O Lord, their iniquity against me. Judge my case.
60 RES. You have seen all their fury, every one of their thoughts is against me.
61 SIN. You have heard their reproach, O Lord, all their thoughts are against me.
62 SIN. The lips of those who rise up against me, and their meditations, are against me all day long.
63 SIN. Watch their sitting down and their rising up: I am their psalm.
64 THAU. You shall pay a recompense to them, O Lord, according to the works of their hands.
65 THAU. You shall give them a heavy shield of the heart: your hardship.
66 THAU. You shall pursue them in fury, and you shall destroy them under the heavens, O Lord.
1 A psalm of David when he was in the desert of Edom.
2 O God, my God, to thee do I watch at break of day. For thee my soul hath thirsted; for thee my flesh, O how many ways!
3 In a desert land, and where there is no way, and no water: so in the sanctuary have I come before thee, to see thy power and thy glory.
4 For thy mercy is better than lives: thee my lips shall praise.
5 Thus will I bless thee all my life long: and in thy name I will lift up my hands.
6 Let my soul be filled as with marrow and fatness: and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips.
7 If I have remembered thee upon my bed, I will meditate on thee in the morning:
8 Because thou hast been my helper. And I will rejoice under the covert of thy wings:
9 My soul hath stuck close to thee: thy right hand hath received me.
10 But they have sought my soul in vain, they shall go into the lower parts of the earth:
11 They shall be delivered into the hands of the sword, they shall be the portions of foxes.
12 But the king shall rejoice in God, all they shall be praised that swear by him: because the mouth is stopped of them that speak wicked things.
15 And when he had made something like a whip out of little cords, he drove them all out of the temple, including the sheep and the oxen. And he poured out the brass coins of the moneychangers, and he overturned their tables.
16 And to those who were selling doves, he said: “Take these things out of here, and do not make my Father’s house into a house of commerce.”
17 And truly, his disciples were reminded that it is written: “Zeal for your house consumes me.”
18 Then the Jews responded and said to him, “What sign can you show to us, that you may do these things?”
19 Jesus responded and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
20 Then the Jews said, “This temple has been built up over forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?”
21 Yet he was speaking about the Temple of his body.
22 Therefore, when he had resurrected from the dead, his disciples were reminded that he had said this, and they believed in the Scriptures and in the word that Jesus had spoken.
23 Now while he was at Jerusalem during the Passover, on the day of the feast, many trusted in his name, seeing his signs that he was accomplishing.
24 But Jesus did not trust himself to them, because he himself had knowledge of all persons,
25 and because he had no need of anyone to offer testimony about a man. For he knew what was within a man.
1 Now there was a man among the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.
2 He went to Jesus at night, and he said to him: “Rabbi, we know that you have arrived as a teacher from God. For no one would be able to accomplish these signs, which you accomplish, unless God were with him.”
3 Jesus responded and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one has been reborn anew, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to him: “How could a man be born when he is old? Surely, he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be reborn?”
5 Jesus responded: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one has been reborn by water and the Holy Spirit, he is not able to enter into the kingdom of God.
6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 You should not be amazed that I said to you: You must be born anew.
8 The Spirit inspires where he wills. And you hear his voice, but you do not know where he comes from, or where he is going. So it is with all who are born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus responded and said to him, “How are these things able to be accomplished?”
10 Jesus responded and said to him: “You are a teacher in Israel, and you are ignorant of these things?
11 Amen, amen, I say to you, that we speak about what we know, and we testify about what we have seen. But you do not accept our testimony.