Judges 5:7
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New International Version
Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel.

New Living Translation
There were few people left in the villages of Israel--until Deborah arose as a mother for Israel.

English Standard Version
The villagers ceased in Israel; they ceased to be until I arose; I, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel.

New American Standard Bible
"The peasantry ceased, they ceased in Israel, Until I, Deborah, arose, Until I arose, a mother in Israel.

King James Bible
The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Villages were deserted, they were deserted in Israel, until I, Deborah, arose, a mother in Israel.

International Standard Version
Rural populations plummeted in Israel; until I, Deborah, arose; until I—an Israeli mother—arose.

NET Bible
Warriors were scarce, they were scarce in Israel, until you arose, Deborah, until you arose as a motherly protector in Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Villages in Israel were deserted- deserted until I, Deborah, took a stand- took a stand as a mother of Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The inhabitants of the villages ceased; they had ceased in Israel until I Deborah arose, I arose a mother in Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

American King James Version
The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

American Standard Version
The rulers ceased in Israel, they ceased, Until that I Deborah arose, That I arose a mother in Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The valiant men ceased, and rested in Israel: until Debbora arose, a mother arose in Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
The villages ceased in Israel, Ceased until that I Deborah arose, That I arose a mother in Israel.

English Revised Version
The rulers ceased in Israel, they ceased, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

World English Bible
The rulers ceased in Israel. They ceased until I, Deborah, arose; Until I arose a mother in Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
Villages ceased in Israel -- they ceased, Till that I arose -- Deborah, That I arose, a mother in Israel.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - Instead of The inhabitants of the villages ceased, some render the leaders ceased. Till Deborah arose and stirred up Barak, there was no one to put himself at the head of the people.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The inhabitants of the villages ceased,.... Not only did those Canaanitish robbers go upon the highway, and robbed all they met with, which made travelling difficult and dangerous; but entered into the villages and unwalled towns, and broke into houses and plundered them; so that the inhabitants of them were obliged to quit their dwellings, and go into the fortified cities for security; by which means the villages were left empty, and in time fell to ruin, and ceased:

they ceased in Israel: for they were the villages which belonged to the Israelites that were plundered, and not those that belonged to any of the Canaanites; and these were the unhappy circumstances Israel were under

until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel; until it pleased God to raise her up, and endow her in a very wonderful and extraordinary manner with gifts qualifying her to be a nursing mother to Israel, to teach and instruct them in the mind and will of God, to administer judgement and justice to them, to protect and defend them, and in all which she discovered a maternal affection for them; and as a good judge and ruler of a people may be called the father of them, so she, being a woman, is with propriety called a mother in Israel, having an affectionate concern for them as her children: now, till she arose, there was no perfect salvation and deliverance wrought for them, since the death of Ehud, even throughout the days of Shamgar and Jael; which is observed to excite praise and thankfulness on the present occasion, which hereby became the more illustrious.



Judges 5:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Song of Deborah and Barak
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. 8"New gods were chosen; Then war was in the gates. Not a shield or a spear was seen Among forty thousand in Israel.…
Cross References
Judges 5:6
"In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned; travelers took to winding paths.

Judges 5:8
God chose new leaders when war came to the city gates, but not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

the villages

Esther 9:19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelled in the unwalled towns…

a mother

Judges 4:4-6 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel …

2 Samuel 20:19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: you seek …

Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be your nursing fathers, and their queens your nursing …

Romans 16:13 Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.

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