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The Creation Genesis 1:1-2:7
Adam and Eve Genesis 2:8-3:24
Cain and Abel Genesis 4:1-16
The Great Flood Genesis 6:1-9:17
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God Calls Abraham Genesis 12:1-9
Sodom and Gomorrah Genesis 18:16-19:29
Abraham's Obedience Genesis 22:1-19
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Jacob and Laban Genesis 29:1-31:55
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Judah and Tamar Genesis 38:1-30
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Saul's Disobedience 1 Samuel 15:1-35
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David and Bathsheba 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25
Amnon and Tamar 2 Samuel 13:1-22
Absalom 2 Samuel 13:23-19:8
Solomon's Wisdom 1 Kings 3:1-28
Jeroboam and Rehoboam 1 Kings 11:26-14:31
Elijah's Challenge 1 Kings 17:1-18:46
God Speaks to Elijah 1 Kings 19:1-21
Micaiah the Prophet 1 Kings 22:1-40
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Elisha Heals Naaman 2 Kings 5:1-27
Famine and Unbelief 2 Kings 6:24-7:20
Joash and Jehoiada 2 Kings 11:1-21
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David's Power 1 Chronicles 11:1-25
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Jehoshaphat and Ahab 2 Chronicles 18:1-19:11
Ezra Rebuilds the Altar Ezra 3:1-13
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Enemy Opposition Nehemiah 4:1-23
Nehemiah's Justice Nehemiah 5:1-19
Esther Saves the Jews Esther 1:1-10:3
Job Is Tested Job 1:1-22
Ezekiel's Vision Ezekiel 37:1-14
The Fiery Furnance Daniel 3:1-30
The Lions' Den Daniel 6:1-28
Jonah Jonah 1:1-4:11
Jesus Is Born Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-40
Wise Men and King Herod Matthew 2:1-23
Jesus Is Tempted Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13
Jesus Feeds 5,000 Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15
The Bread of Life John 6:1-71
Jesus Walks on Water Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-21
The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
The Lost Son Luke 15:1-32
Jesus Raises Lazarus John 11:1-44
Jesus and Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10
The Triumphal Entry Matthew 21:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19
The Last Supper Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-30; John 13:1-30
Jesus' Trial Matthew 26:47-27:31
Jesus' Crucifixion Matthew 27:32-56; Mark 15:21-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:16-42
Jesus' Resurrection Matthew 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-14; Luke 24:1-34; John 20:1-10
Jesus' Ascension Luke 24:35-53; Acts 1:6-11
The Holy Spirit Comes Acts 2:1-47
The Apostles' Courage Acts 4:1-31
Ananias and Sapphira Acts 5:1-11
Philip and the Eunich Acts 8:26-40
Saul Encounters Jesus Acts 9:1-19
Peter and Cornelius Acts 10:1-11:18
Paul in Corinth Acts 18:1-28
Paul in Ephesus Acts 19:1-41
Deborah and Barak
Judges 4:1-24

Judges 5

The Song of Deborah
1 On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:

2 "Israel's leaders took charge,
  and the people gladly followed.
Praise the LORD!

3 "Listen, you kings!
  Pay attention, you mighty rulers!
For I will sing to the LORD.
  I will make music to the LORD, the God of Israel.

4 "LORD, when you set out from Seir
  and marched across the fields of Edom,
the earth trembled,
  and the cloudy skies poured down rain.
5 The mountains quaked in the presence of the LORD,
  the God of Mount Sinai—
in the presence of the LORD,
  the God of Israel.

6 "In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,
  and in the days of Jael,
people avoided the main roads,
  and travelers stayed on winding pathways.
7 There were few people left in the villages of Israel*—
  until Deborah arose as a mother for Israel.
8 When Israel chose new gods,
  war erupted at the city gates.
Yet not a shield or spear could be seen
  among forty thousand warriors in Israel!
9 My heart is with the commanders of Israel,
  with those who volunteered for war.
Praise the LORD!

10 "Consider this, you who ride on fine donkeys,
  you who sit on fancy saddle blankets,
  and you who walk along the road.
11 Listen to the village musicians*
  gathered at the watering holes.
They recount the righteous victories of the LORD
  and the victories of his villagers in Israel.
Then the people of the LORD
  marched down to the city gates.

12 "Wake up, Deborah, wake up!
  Wake up, wake up, and sing a song!
Arise, Barak!
  Lead your captives away, son of Abinoam!

13 "Down from Tabor marched the few against the nobles.
  The people of the LORD marched down against mighty warriors.
14 They came down from Ephraim—
  a land that once belonged to the Amalekites;
  they followed you, Benjamin, with your troops.
From Makir the commanders marched down;
  from Zebulun came those who carry a commander's staff.
15 The princes of Issachar were with Deborah and Barak.
  They followed Barak, rushing into the valley.
But in the tribe of Reuben
  there was great indecision.
16 Why did you sit at home among the sheepfolds—
  to hear the shepherds whistle for their flocks?
Yes, in the tribe of Reuben
  there was great indecision.
17 Gilead remained east of the Jordan.
  And why did Dan stay home?
Asher sat unmoved at the seashore,
  remaining in his harbors.
18 But Zebulun risked his life,
  as did Naphtali, on the heights of the battlefield.

19 "The kings of Canaan came and fought,
  at Taanach near Megiddo's springs,
  but they carried off no silver treasures.
20 The stars fought from heaven.
  The stars in their orbits fought against Sisera.
21 The Kishon River swept them away—
  that ancient torrent, the Kishon.
March on with courage, my soul!
22 Then the horses' hooves hammered the ground,
  the galloping, galloping of Sisera's mighty steeds.
23 'Let the people of Meroz be cursed,' said the angel of the LORD.
  'Let them be utterly cursed,
because they did not come to help the LORD
  to help the LORD against the mighty warriors.'

24 "Most blessed among women is Jael,
  the wife of Heber the Kenite.
  May she be blessed above all women who live in tents.
25 Sisera asked for water,
  and she gave him milk.
In a bowl fit for nobles,
  she brought him yogurt.
26 Then with her left hand she reached for a tent peg,
  and with her right hand for the workman's hammer.
She struck Sisera with the hammer, crushing his head.
  With a shattering blow, she pierced his temples.
27 He sank, he fell,
  he lay still at her feet.
And where he sank,
  there he died.

28 "From the window Sisera's mother looked out.
  Through the window she watched for his return, saying,
'Why is his chariot so long in coming?
  Why don't we hear the sound of chariot wheels?'

29 "Her wise women answer,
  and she repeats these words to herself:
30 'They must be dividing the captured plunder—
  with a woman or two for every man.
There will be colorful robes for Sisera,
  and colorful, embroidered robes for me.
Yes, the plunder will include
  colorful robes embroidered on both sides.'

31 "LORD, may all your enemies die like Sisera!
  But may those who love you rise like the sun in all its power!"

Then there was peace in the land for forty years.


5:7 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
5:11 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

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