Judges 5:18
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New International Version
The people of Zebulun risked their very lives; so did Naphtali on the terraced fields.

New Living Translation
But Zebulun risked his life, as did Naphtali, on the heights of the battlefield.

English Standard Version
Zebulun is a people who risked their lives to the death; Naphtali, too, on the heights of the field.

New American Standard Bible
"Zebulun was a people who despised their lives even to death, And Naphtali also, on the high places of the field.

King James Bible
Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Zebulun was a people risking their lives, Naphtali also, on the heights of the battlefield.

International Standard Version
The tribe of Zebulun did not worry about their lives at the price of death; neither did the tribe of Naphtali also on high places of the field.

NET Bible
The men of Zebulun were not concerned about their lives; Naphtali charged on to the battlefields.

New Heart English Bible
Zebulun was a people that risked their lives even to death; Naphtali also, on the high places of the field.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But Zebulun mocked death, and Naphtali risked his life on the battlefield.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Zebulun is a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death, And Naphtali, upon the high places of the field.

New American Standard 1977
“Zebulun was a people who despised their lives even to death,
            And Naphtali also, on the high places of the field.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.

King James 2000 Bible
Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.

American King James Version
Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that risked their lives to the death in the high places of the field.

American Standard Version
Zebulun was a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death, And Naphtali, upon the high places of the field.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Zabulon and Nephtali offered their lives to death in the region of Merome.

Darby Bible Translation
Zebulun is a people [that] jeoparded their lives unto death, Naphtali also, on the high places of the field.

English Revised Version
Zebulun was a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death, and Naphtali, upon the high places of the field.

Webster's Bible Translation
Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives to death in the high places of the field.

World English Bible
Zebulun was a people that jeopardized their lives to the deaths; Naphtali also, on the high places of the field.

Young's Literal Translation
Zebulun is a people who exposed its soul to death, Naphtali also -- on high places of the field.
Study Bible
The Song of Deborah and Barak
17"Gilead remained across the Jordan; And why did Dan stay in ships? Asher sat at the seashore, And remained by its landings. 18"Zebulun was a people who despised their lives even to death, And Naphtali also, on the high places of the field. 19"The kings came and fought; Then fought the kings of Canaan At Taanach near the waters of Megiddo; They took no plunder in silver.…
Cross References
Judges 4:6
Now she sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali, and said to him, "Behold, the LORD, the God of Israel, has commanded, 'Go and march to Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand men from the sons of Naphtali and from the sons of Zebulun.

Judges 4:10
Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali together to Kedesh, and ten thousand men went up with him; Deborah also went up with him.

Judges 6:35
He sent messengers throughout Manasseh, and they also were called together to follow him; and he sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, and they came up to meet them.

Psalm 68:27
There is Benjamin, the youngest, ruling them, The princes of Judah in their throng, The princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
Treasury of Scripture

Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that risked their lives to the death in the high places of the field.

Zebulun

Judges 4:10 And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with …

jeoparded. Heb. exposed to reproach. their lives

Esther 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and …

Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to …

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of …

in the high

Judges 4:6,10,14 And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, …

(18) Jeoparded their lives.--Comp. Judges 9:7; Isaiah 53:12. The courage of Zebulon and Naphtali is contrasted with the empty debates of Reuben, the sloth of Gilead, the cowardly selfishness of Dan and Asher.

In the high places of the field.--That is, on Mount Tabor. The Hebrew word is the Meroms; hence the Vulgate has in regione Merome. (Comp. Joshua 11:5; Joshua 11:7.)

Zebulun and Naphtali were a people,.... These two tribes were chiefly concerned in this war; out of them were the 10,000 men that followed Barak, who willingly offered themselves, and were the most active and vigorous:

that jeoparded themselves unto the death; exposed them to the utmost danger, fearless of death itself: or reproached (k) their lives; were careless of them, valued them not; they were not dear to them, but were ready to part with them freely, in the cause of liberty in which they were engaged:

in the high places of the field; on the top of Mount Tabor, where they were mustered, and from whence they beheld the vast host of Sisera surrounding them; and yet, with an undaunted bravery and courage, descended the hill to fight with them. The Vulgate Latin version reads, "in the country of Merome"; in the plains and fields of it, near which were the waters of Merom, where Joshua fought Jabin, a former king of Canaan, and supposed by some to be the same with Kishon here, Joshua 11:5.

(k) "probris affecit", Pagninus; so the Targum. 5:12-23 Deborah called on her own soul to be in earnest. He that will set the hearts of other men on fire with the love of Christ, must himself burn with love. Praising God is a work we should awake to, and awake ourselves unto. She notices who fought against Israel, who fought for them, and who kept away. Who fought against them. They were obstinate enemies to God's people, therefore the more dangerous. Who fought for them. The several tribes that helped are here spoken of with honour; for though God is above all to be glorified, those who are employed must have their due praise, to encourage others. But the whole creation is at war with those to whom God is an enemy. The river of Kishon fought against their enemies. At most times it was shallow, yet now, probably by the great rain that fell, it was so swelled, and the stream so deep and strong, that those who attempted to pass, were drowned. Deborah's own soul fought against them. When the soul is employed in holy exercises, and heart-work is made of them, through the grace of God, the strength of our spiritual enemies will be trodden down, and will fall before us. She observes who kept away, and did not side with Israel, as might have been expected. Thus many are kept from doing their duty by the fear of trouble, the love of ease, and undue affection to their worldly business and advantage. Narrow, selfish spirits care not what becomes of God's church, so that they can but get, keep, and save money. All seek their own, Php 2:21. A little will serve those for a pretence to stay at home, who have no mind to engage in needful services, because there is difficulty and danger in them. But we cannot keep away from the contest between the Lord and his enemies; and if we do not actively endeavour to promote his cause in this wicked world, we shall fall under the curse against the workers of iniquity. Though He needs no human help, yet he is pleased to accept the services of those who improve their talents to advance his cause. He requires every man to do so.
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