|New International Version (© 2011)|
Her hand reached for the tent peg, her right hand for the workman's hammer. She struck Sisera, she crushed his head, she shattered and pierced his temple.
King James Bible
She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.
American Standard Version
She put her hand to the tent-pin, And her right hand to the workmen's hammer; And with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote through his head; Yea, she pierced and struck through his temples.
Young's Literal Translation
Her hand to the pin she sendeth forth, And her right hand to the labourers' hammer, And she hammered Sisera -- she smote his head, Yea, she smote, and it passed through his temple.
Judges 5:26 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
She smote off his head - The original does not warrant this translation; nor is it supported by fact. She smote his head, and transfixed him through the temples. It was his head that received the death wound, and the place where this wound was inflicted was the temples. The manner in which Jael despatched Sisera seems to have been this:
1. Observing him to be in a profound sleep she took a workman's hammer, probably a joiner's mallet, and with one blow on the head deprived him of all sense.
2. She then took a tent nail and drove it through his temples, and thus pinned him to the earth; which she could not have done had she not previously stunned him with the blow on the head. Thus she first smote his head, and secondly pierced his temples.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
with the. Heb. She hammered. she smote off. or rather, 'she smote his head, then she struck through and pierced his temples;' which is more consonant to the original, and to fact, as it does not appear that she smote off his head.
1 Samuel 17:49-51 And David put his hand in his bag, and took there a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead...
2 Samuel 20:22 Then the woman went to all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab...
Judges 5:26 Parallel CommentariesBlow Brow Crushed Crushing Driving Hammer Hand Head Nail Peg Pierced Pin Reached Right Shattered Sisera Sis'era Smashed Smote Stricken Struck Temple Temples Tent Tent-Pin WoundingBlow Brow Crushed Crushing Driving Hammer Hand Head Nail Peg Pierced Pin Reached Right Shattered Sisera Sis'era Smashed Smote Stricken Struck Temple Temples Tent Tent-Pin WoundingTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Judges 4:21 But Jael, Heber's wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died.
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