Judges 5:31
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New International Version
"So may all your enemies perish, LORD! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength." Then the land had peace forty years.

New Living Translation
"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.

English Standard Version
“So may all your enemies perish, O LORD! But your friends be like the sun as he rises in his might.” And the land had rest for forty years.

New American Standard Bible
"Thus let all Your enemies perish, O LORD; But let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might." And the land was undisturbed for forty years.

King James Bible
So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, may all your enemies perish as Sisera did. But may those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its strength. And the land was peaceful 40 years.

International Standard Version
"May all of your enemies perish like this, LORD! But may those who love him be like the ascending sun in its strength!" Then the land enjoyed quiet for 40 years.

NET Bible
May all your enemies perish like this, O LORD! But may those who love you shine like the rising sun at its brightest!" And the land had rest for forty years.

New Heart English Bible
So let all your enemies perish, LORD, but let those who love you be as the sun when it rises forth in its strength." And the land had rest forty years.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
May all your enemies die like that, O LORD. But may those who love the LORD be like the sun when it rises in all its brightness. So the land had peace for 40 years.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So perish all Thine enemies, O LORD; But they that love Him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

New American Standard 1977
“Thus let all Thine enemies perish, O LORD;
            But let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might.”And the land was undisturbed for forty years.



Jubilee Bible 2000
So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD, but let those that love thee be as the sun when he rises in all his might. And the land had rest forty years.

King James 2000 Bible
So let all your enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when it goes forth in its might. And the land had rest forty years.

American King James Version
So let all your enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goes forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

American Standard Version
So let all thine enemies perish, O Jehovah: But let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So let all thy enemies perish, O Lord: but let them that love thee shine, as the sun shineth in his rising. And the land rested for forty years.

Darby Bible Translation
So let all thine enemies perish, Jehovah! But let them that love him be as the rising of the sun in its might. And the land had rest forty years.

English Revised Version
So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

Webster's Bible Translation
So let all thy enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

World English Bible
"So let all your enemies perish, Yahweh, but let those who love him be as the sun when it rises forth in its strength." Then the land had rest forty years.

Young's Literal Translation
So do all Thine enemies perish, O Jehovah, And those loving Him are As the going out of the sun in its might!' and the land resteth forty years.

Study Bible
The Song of Deborah and Barak
30'Are they not finding, are they not dividing the spoil? A maiden, two maidens for every warrior; To Sisera a spoil of dyed work, A spoil of dyed work embroidered, Dyed work of double embroidery on the neck of the spoiler?' 31"Thus let all Your enemies perish, O LORD; But let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might." And the land was undisturbed for forty years.
Cross References
Revelation 1:16
He held in His right hand seven stars, and a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest.

2 Samuel 18:31
Behold, the Cushite arrived, and the Cushite said, "Let my lord the king receive good news, for the LORD has freed you this day from the hand of all those who rose up against you."

2 Samuel 23:4
Is as the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, When the tender grass springs out of the earth, Through sunshine after rain.'

Psalm 19:4
Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun,

Psalm 68:2
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked perish before God.

Psalm 89:36
"His descendants shall endure forever And his throne as the sun before Me.

Psalm 89:37
"It shall be established forever like the moon, And the witness in the sky is faithful." Selah.

Psalm 92:9
For, behold, Your enemies, O LORD, For, behold, Your enemies will perish; All who do iniquity will be scattered.
Treasury of Scripture

So let all your enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goes forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

so let

Psalm 48:4,5 For, see, the kings were assembled, they passed by together…

Psalm 58:10,11 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance: he shall …

Psalm 68:1-3 Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate …

Psalm 83:9-18 Do to them as to the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the …

Psalm 92:9 For, see, your enemies, O LORD, for, see, your enemies shall perish; …

Psalm 97:8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because …

Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true…

Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her, you heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; …

Revelation 19:2,3 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he has judged the great …

them that

Exodus 20:6 And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Deuteronomy 6:5 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with …

Psalm 91:14 Because he has set his love on me, therefore will I deliver him: …

Psalm 97:10 You that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his …

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

1 Corinthians 8:3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, …

1 John 4:19-21 We love him, because he first loved us…

1 John 5:2,3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, …

the sun

2 Samuel 23:4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, …

Psalm 19:4,5 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to …

Psalm 37:6 And he shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your …

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more …

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament…

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

Matthew 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of …

And the land. The victory here celebrated in this song, was of such happy consequence to Israel, that for the principal part of one age, they enjoyed the peace to which it had been the means of opening the way. The land had rest forty years, that is, so long it was from this victory to the raising up of Gideon. And well would it have been for the Israelites, if while the tribes had rest, they had taken advantage of the cessation from war, and had walked in the fear of the Lord.

Judges 3:11,30 And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died…

(31) So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord.--The abrupt burst in which the song rushes, as it were, to its conclusion, is very grand. The total frustration of the hopes of the princesses is all the more forcibly implied by the scorn with which it is left unexpressed. The one word "so" sums up the story in all its striking phases; and this passionate exclamation accounts, in part, for the intensity of feeling which runs through the whole poem, by showing that Deborah regards the battle as part of one great religious crusade. The completeness of the overthrow caused it to be long remembered as an example of Israel's triumph over God's enemies (Psalm 83:9-10; Psalm 83:12-15). When the Christian warriors of the first crusade were riding deep in the blood of the murdered Saracens, after the capture of Jerusalem, they were fully convinced that they were "doing God service;" and so filled were they with religious emotion, that at vesper-time they all suddenly fell upon their knees with streaming tears. The general dissemination of a feeling of pity--pity even for our worst enemies--is a very modern feeling, and still far from universal.

But let them that love him.--This is probably the right reading, though it was early altered into "they that love thee."

As the sun when he goeth forth in his might.--For the metaphor, comp. Psalm 19:4-5; Psalm 68:1-3; Daniel 12:3; Matthew 13:43.

And the land had rest.--This is not a part of the song, but concludes the whole story (Judges 3:11; Judges 3:30; Judges 8:28). This is the last we hear of any attempt of the Canaanites to re-conquer the land which they had lost, although we see a small and spasmodic outbreak of this race in the story of Abimelech (Judges 9.).

Verse 31. - A fine application of the whole subject! Each such victory was a foretaste of the final victory over sin and death, and of the glory of the redeemed Church.



So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord!.... As Sisera and his army did, and be disappointed as his mother and her ladies were; which is not only a wish or prayer that it might be, but a prophecy that so it would be:

but let them that love him; that love the Lord superlatively and sincerely, with all their heart and soul, and from love serve and fear him:

be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might; in the middle of the day, when its heat and light are the greatest, and in the summer solstice, in the month of June, when the sun is in Cancer, as Ben Gersom and Abarbinel observe, and it is hottest: the sense is, let the true friends of God be as bright and as glorious, and increase in light, lustre, and splendour, as that glorious luminary in midday, and be no more liable to be resisted and stopped by their enemies, and as much out of the reach of them as that is:

and the land had rest forty years; these are not the words of Deborah, whose song ends with the last clause, but of the writer of this book; which years, according to most, are to be reckoned from the death of Ehud, including the twenty years' bondage under Jabin, as Ben Gersom and Abarbinel; so that strictly speaking the rest was but twenty years; one would think they should be reckoned from the victory obtained over Jabin king of Canaan. 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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