Judges 5:6
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New International Version
"In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned; travelers took to winding paths.

New Living Translation
"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.

English Standard Version
“In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned, and travelers kept to the byways.

New American Standard Bible
"In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, In the days of Jael, the highways were deserted, And travelers went by roundabout ways.

King James Bible
In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.

Christian Standard Bible
In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the main roads were deserted because travelers kept to the side roads.

Contemporary English Version
In the time of Shamgar son of Anath, and now again in Jael's time, roads were too dangerous for caravans. Travelers had to take the back roads,

Good News Translation
In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael, caravans no longer went through the land, and travelers used the back roads.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the main ways were deserted because travelers kept to the side roads.

International Standard Version
During the lifetime of Anath's son Shamgar and during the lifetime of Jael highways remained deserted, while travelers kept to back roads.

NET Bible
In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael caravans disappeared; travelers had to go on winding side roads.

New Heart English Bible
"In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied. The travelers walked through byways.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath, in the days of Jael, roads were deserted. Those who traveled took back roads.

JPS Tanakh 1917
In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, In the days of Jael, the highways ceased, And the travellers walked through byways.

New American Standard 1977
“In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, In the days of Jael, the highways were deserted, And travelers went by roundabout ways.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In the days of Shamgar, the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways ceased, and those that walked went astray through crooked paths.

King James 2000 Bible
In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travelers walked through byways.

American King James Version
In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travelers walked through byways.

American Standard Version
In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, In the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, And the travellers walked through byways.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the days of Samgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jahel the paths rested: and they that went by them, walked through by-ways.

Darby Bible Translation
In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, The roads were unused, and the travellers on highways went by crooked paths.

English Revised Version
In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.

Webster's Bible Translation
In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travelers walked through by-ways.

World English Bible
"In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied. The travelers walked through byways.

Young's Literal Translation
In the days of Shamgar son of Anath -- In the days of Jael -- The ways have ceased, And those going in the paths go in crooked ways.
Study Bible
The Song of Deborah and Barak
5"The mountains quaked at the presence of the LORD, This Sinai, at the presence of the LORD, the God of Israel. 6"In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, In the days of Jael, the highways were deserted, And travelers went by roundabout ways. 7"The peasantry ceased, they ceased in Israel, Until I, Deborah, arose, Until I arose, a mother in Israel.…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:22
'I will let loose among you the beasts of the field, which will bereave you of your children and destroy your cattle and reduce your number so that your roads lie deserted.

Judges 3:31
After him came Shamgar the son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad; and he also saved Israel.

Judges 4:17
Now Sisera fled away on foot to 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.

Judges 5:7
"The peasantry ceased, they ceased in Israel, Until I, Deborah, arose, Until I arose, a mother in Israel.

2 Chronicles 15:5
"In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for many disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands.

Jeremiah 6:25
Do not go out into the field And do not walk on the road, For the enemy has a sword, Terror is on every side.
Treasury of Scripture

In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travelers walked through byways.

Shamgar

Judges 3:31 And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines …

Jael

Judges 4:17,18 However, Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife …

the highways

Leviticus 26:22 I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your …

2 Chronicles 15:5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to …

Isaiah 33:8 The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceases: he has broken the …

Lamentations 1:4 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: …

Lamentations 4:18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is …

Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem …

travellers. Heb. walkers of paths. by-ways. Heb. crooked ways

Psalm 125:5 As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead …

(6) In the days of Shamgar.--In this and the two next verses is described the misery and dejection of Israel; and the names of Shamgar and Jael are mentioned to enhance the glory of Deborah, by showing that even the presence among the Israelites of two such heroic souls as Shamgar and Jael was unavailing to deliver them until Deborah arose. That Shamgar is thus (apparently) alluded to as a contemporary of Jael has an important bearing on the chronology; for it at least shows that simultaneous struggles may have been going on against the Philistines in the south and the Canaanites in the north.

In the days of Jael.--It has been thought so strange that Deborah should mention the name of the Bedouin chieftainess as marking the epoch, that some have supposed "Jael" to be the name of some unknown judge; and some have even proposed to read Jair. Others render it "the helper," and suppose that Ehud, or Shamgar, is referred to. But (1) Jael is essentially a woman's name (see Judges 4:17; Proverbs 5:19); (2) she is mentioned prominently in this very song as having put the finishing stroke to the victory of Israel; and (3) she may have been--and various incidents in the history lead us to suppose that she was--a woman of great importance and influence, even independently of her murder of Sisera.

The highways were unoccupied.--Literally, kept holiday. This had been foretold in Leviticus 26:22. The grass grew on them; there was no one to occupy them. "The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth" (Isaiah 33:8). "The land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned" (Zechariah 7:14). (Comp. 2Chronicles 15:5; Lamentations 1:4; Lamentations 4:18.)

Travellers.--Literally, as in the margin, walkers of paths. Those of the unhappy conquered race whose necessities obliged them to journey from one place to another could only slink along, unobserved, by twisted--i.e., tortuous, devious--bye-lanes. A traveller in America was reminded of this verse when he saw the neutral ground in 1780, with "houses plundered and dismantled, enclosures broken down, cattle carried away, fields lying waste, the roads grass-grown, the country mournful, solitary, silent."--(Washington Irving's "Life of Washington," ch. 137)

Verse 6. - From what misery God had saved the people! In the days of her predecessor Shamgar, when the Philistines overran the country, when Heber the Kenite still dwelt in the south of Judah, all traffic ceased in the land. The caravans were stopped, and travellers slunk into the by-ways. In the days of Shamgar, the son of Anath,.... Of whom see Judges 3:31; who succeeded Ehud as a judge, but lived not long, and did not much; at least wrought not a perfect deliverance of the children of Israel; but during his time till now, quite through the twenty years of Jabin's oppression, things were as they are after described:

in the days of Jael; the wife of Heber the Kenite, spoken of in the preceding chapter, Judges 4:17, who appears to be a woman of masculine spirit, and endeavoured to do what good she could to Israel, though not a judge among them, as Jarchi suggests; and who before this affair of Sisera had signalized herself by some deeds of hers in favour of Israel, and against their enemies; yet far from putting a stop to the outrages committed; for in the times of both these persons:

the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways; the public roads were so infested with thieves and robbers, who stopped all they met with, and robbed them of what they had, that travellers and merchants with their carriages were obliged either to quit their employments, and not travel at all; or, if they did, were obliged to go in private roads, and roundabout ways, to keep clear of those rapparees the highways and public roads abounded with. 6-8. The song proceeds in these verses to describe the sad condition of the country, the oppression of the people, and the origin of all the national distress in the people's apostasy from God. Idolatry was the cause of foreign invasion and internal inability to resist it.5:6-11. Deborah describes the distressed state of Israel under the tyranny of Jabin, that their salvation might appear more gracious. She shows what brought this misery upon them. It was their idolatry. They chose new gods, with new names. But under all these images, Satan was worshipped. Deborah was a mother to Israel, by diligently promoting the salvation of their souls. She calls on those who shared the advantages of this great salvation, to offer up thanks to God for it. Let such as are restored, not only to their liberty as other Israelites, but to their rank, speak God's praises. This is the Lord's doing. In these acts of his, justice was executed on his enemies. In times of persecution, God's ordinances, the walls of salvation, whence the waters of life are drawn, are resorted to at the hazard of the lives of those who attend them. At all times Satan will endeavour to hinder the believer from drawing near to the throne of grace. Notice God's kindness to his trembling people. It is the glory of God to protect those who are most exposed, and to help the weakest. Let us notice the benefit we have from the public peace, the inhabitants of villages especially, and give God the praise.
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