Judges 5:29
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New International Version
The wisest of her ladies answer her; indeed, she keeps saying to herself,

New Living Translation
"Her wise women answer, and she repeats these words to herself:

English Standard Version
Her wisest princesses answer, indeed, she answers herself,

Berean Study Bible
Her wisest ladies answer; indeed she keeps telling herself,

New American Standard Bible
"Her wise princesses would answer her, Indeed she repeats her words to herself,

King James Bible
Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself,

Christian Standard Bible
Her wisest princesses answer her; she even answers herself:

Contemporary English Version
She and her wisest women gave the same answer:

Good News Translation
Her wisest friends answered her, and she told herself over and over,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Her wisest princesses answer her; she even answers herself:"

International Standard Version
Her wise attendants find an answer for her; in fact, she tells the same words to herself:

NET Bible
The wisest of her ladies answer; indeed she even thinks to herself,

New Heart English Bible
Her wise ladies answered her; indeed, she answers herself,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Her wisest servants gave her an answer. But she kept repeating to herself,

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wisest of her princesses answer her, Yea, she returneth answer to herself:

New American Standard 1977
“Her wise princesses would answer her, Indeed she repeats her words to herself,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Her wise princesses answered her; and she even answered to herself,

King James 2000 Bible
Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself,

American King James Version
Her wise ladies answered her, yes, she returned answer to herself,

American Standard Version
Her wise ladies answered her, Yea, she returned answer to herself,

Douay-Rheims Bible
One that was wiser than the rest of his wives, returned this answer to her mother in law:

Darby Bible Translation
The wise amongst her ladies answer [her], Yea, she returneth answer to herself,

English Revised Version
Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself,

Webster's Bible Translation
Her wise ladies answered her, yes, she returned answer to herself.

World English Bible
Her wise ladies answered her, Yes, she returned answer to herself,

Young's Literal Translation
The wise ones, her princesses, answer her, Yea, she returneth her sayings to herself:
Study Bible
The Song of Deborah and Barak
28Sisera’s mother looked through the window; she peered through the lattice and lamented: ‘Why is his chariot so long in coming? What has delayed the clatter of his chariots?’ 29Her wisest ladies answer; indeed she keeps telling herself, 30‘Are they not finding and dividing the spoil—a girl or two for each warrior, a plunder of dyed garments for Sisera, the spoil of embroidered garments for the neck of the looter?’…
Cross References
Judges 5:28
Sisera's mother looked through the window; she peered through the lattice and lamented: 'Why is his chariot so long in coming? What has delayed the clatter of his chariots?'

Judges 5:30
Are they not finding and dividing the spoil--a girl or two for each warrior, a plunder of dyed garments for Sisera, the spoil of embroidered garments for the neck of the looter?'

Treasury of Scripture

Her wise ladies answered her, yes, she returned answer to herself,

answer. Heb. her words







(29) Her wise ladies.--Literally, the wise of her princesses. There is unconcealed scorn in this, showing that the wisest were most utterly mistaken. Their "wisdom" is the seductive flattery of delusive hopes.

Answered her.--The verb is in the singular, implying that one spoke after another. The Vulgate renders it. "One of his wives, wiser than the rest, answered."

Yea, she returned answer to herself.--The meaning of the clause is very uncertain. It may be, "yea, she repeats their answer to herself," accepting their flattering surmises; or, on the contrary, "but she repeats her words to herself," entirely unconsoled; or, again--but this is less likely--"yea, she retracted her own (anxious) words." The anxious foreboding or the inextinguishable hope would be equally true to nature, according to the temperament of the Canaanite princess.

Her wise ladies answered her,.... Every one in their turn endeavouring to comfort her and make her easy. The Vulgate Latin version is,"one that was wiser than the rest of his wives;''but they seem rather to be her maids of honour, or ladies of her acquaintance, who were come to pay her a visit, and share in the pleasing sight they expected to have of Sisera:

yea, she returned answer to herself; before they could well give theirs, she soon recollected herself what might be, and must be, the occasion of this delay; and this, according to the Targum, she made in her wisdom, what her great wisdom quickly suggested to her was certainly the case, and with which she comforted and quieted herself. 29. her wise ladies—maids of honor.5:24-31 Jael had a special blessing. Those whose lot is cast in the tent, in a low and narrow sphere, if they serve God according to the powers he has given them, shall not lose their reward. The mother of Sisera looked for his return, not in the least fearing his success. Let us take heed of indulging eager desires towards any temporal good, particularly toward that which cherishes vain-glory, for that was what she here doted on. What a picture does she present of an ungodly and sensual heart! How shameful and childish these wishes of an aged mother and her attendants for her son! And thus does God often bring ruin on his enemies when they are most puffed up. Deborah concludes with a prayer to God for the destruction of all his foes, and for the comfort of all his friends. Such shall be the honour, and joy of all who love God in sincerity, they shall shine for ever as the sun in the firmament.



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