Judges 5:8
Good News Translation
Then there was war in the land when the Israelites chose new gods. Of the forty thousand men in Israel, did anyone carry shield or spear?

Contemporary English Version
The Israelites worshiped other gods, and the gates of their towns were then attacked. But they had no shields or spears to fight with.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord chose new wars, and he himself overthrew the gates of the enemies: a shield and spear was not seen among forty thousand of Israel.

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The Lord chose new wars, and he himself overthrew the gates of the enemies: a shield and spear was not seen among forty thousand of Israel.

new gods

Judges 2:12,17 And they left the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt: and they followed strange gods, and the gods of the people that dwelt round about them, and they adored them: and they provoked the Lord to anger, . . .

Deuteronomy 32:16,17 They provoked him by strange gods, and stirred him up to anger, with their abominations. . . .

was there

Judges 4:3 And the children of Israel cried to the Lord: for he had nine hundred chariots set with scythes and for twenty years had grievously oppressed them.

1 Samuel 13:19-22 Now there was no smith to be found in all the land of Israel, for the Philistines had taken this precaution, lest the Hebrews should make them swords or spears. . . .

Context
The Song of Deborah and Barak
7The valiant men ceased, and rested in Israel: until Debbora arose, a mother arose in Israel. 8The Lord chose new wars, and he himself overthrew the gates of the enemies: a shield and spear was not seen among forty thousand of Israel.9My heart loveth the princes of Israel: O you, that of your own good will offered yourselves to danger, bless the Lord.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:17
They sacrificed to devils and not to God: to gods whom they knew not: that were newly come up, whom their fathers worshipped not.

Judges 5:7
The valiant men ceased, and rested in Israel: until Debbora arose, a mother arose in Israel.

Judges 5:11
Where the chariots were dashed together, and the army of the enemies was choked, there let the justices of the Lord be rehearsed, and his clemency towards the brave men of Israel: then the people of the Lord went down to the gates, and obtained the sovereignty.

1 Samuel 13:19
Now there was no smith to be found in all the land of Israel, for the Philistines had taken this precaution, lest the Hebrews should make them swords or spears.

1 Samuel 13:22
And when the day of battle was come, there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan, except Saul and Jonathan his son.

Additional Translations
When they chose new gods, then war came to their gates. Not a shield or spear was found among forty thousand in Israel.They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

They chose new gods; Then was war in the gates: Was there a shield or spear seen Among forty thousand in Israel?

They chose new gods; then the cities of rulers fought; there was not a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel.

They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: Was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

They chose new gods. Then war was in the gates. Was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

He chooseth new gods, Then war is at the gates! A shield is not seen -- and a spear Among forty thousand in Israel.
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