Judges 5:9
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New International Version
My heart is with Israel's princes, with the willing volunteers among the people. Praise the LORD!

New Living Translation
My heart is with the commanders of Israel, with those who volunteered for war. Praise the LORD!

English Standard Version
My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel who offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
"My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel, The volunteers among the people; Bless the LORD!

King James Bible
My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My heart is with the leaders of Israel, with the volunteers of the people. Praise the LORD!

International Standard Version
My heart is for the commanders of Israel, to those who work willingly among the people. Bless the LORD!

NET Bible
My heart went out to Israel's leaders, to the people who answered the call to war. Praise the LORD!

New Heart English Bible
My heart is toward the leaders of Israel, who offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My heart goes out to Israel's commanders, to those people who volunteered. Praise the LORD!

JPS Tanakh 1917
My heart is toward the governors of Israel, That offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
“My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel,
            The volunteers among the people;
            Bless the LORD!

Jubilee Bible 2000
My heart is toward the princes of Israel, those that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
My heart is toward the rulers of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless you the LORD.

American King James Version
My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless you the LORD.

American Standard Version
My heart is toward the governors of Israel, That offered themselves willingly among the people: Bless ye Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My heart loveth the princes of Israel: O you that of your own good will offered yourselves to danger, bless the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
My heart is toward the governors of Israel, who offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless Jehovah!

English Revised Version
My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people: bless ye the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
My heart is towards the governors of Israel that offered themselves willingly among the people: Bless ye the LORD.

World English Bible
My heart is toward the governors of Israel, who offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless Yahweh!

Young's Literal Translation
My heart is to the lawgivers of Israel, Who are offering themselves willingly among the people, Bless ye Jehovah!
Study Bible
The Song of Deborah and Barak
8"New gods were chosen; Then war was in the gates. Not a shield or a spear was seen Among forty thousand in Israel. 9"My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel, The volunteers among the people; Bless the LORD! 10"You who ride on white donkeys, You who sit on rich carpets, And you who travel on the road-- sing!…
Cross References
Judges 5:2
"That the leaders led in Israel, That the people volunteered, Bless the LORD!

2 Chronicles 17:16
and next to him Amasiah the son of Zichri, who volunteered for the LORD, and with him 200,000 valiant warriors;

Nehemiah 11:2
And the people blessed all the men who volunteered to live in Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless you the LORD.

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(9) My heart is toward the governors of Israel.--The fact that even in this extremity Israel had men (literally, law-givers) who were willing to brave any danger to rescue their people fills Deborah with gratitude to them and to God.

Among the people.--When the leaders moved, the people moved with them.

Verse 9. - What a contrast with that fainthearted submission was the recent triumphant rising! Exultation and thanksgiving for the devotion of the people break out again, as in ver. 2. My heart is towards the governors of Israel,.... Most of the Jewish commentators interpret this of their wise men and Scribes, who were willing to teach the people the law and the commandments, even in times of trouble, and did not cease from doing it on that account, and therefore Deborah praises them for it; so the Targum; but Kimchi and Ben Melech understand by them the great men of the nation, their nobles and rulers, who enacted good laws and statutes; or at least took care to see that the good laws they had were put in execution; and these had a share in the affections and good wishes of Deborah, and that chiefly for the following reason:

that offered themselves willingly among the people; to go along with them, and march at the head of them, to fight Sisera and his army; thereby setting a good example, and animating the people to battle, and inspiring them with courage and intrepidity; when they saw their chiefs and the heads of them exposing their lives with them in defence of their country, and the rights of it:

bless ye the Lord; for giving them such spirits, to engage so willingly in this service, and for giving them success in it. 9. expresses gratitude to the respective leaders of the tribes which participated in the contest; but, above all, to God, who inspired both the patriotic disposition and the strength.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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