Judges 4:23
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New International Version
On that day God subdued Jabin king of Canaan before the Israelites.

New Living Translation
So on that day Israel saw God defeat Jabin, the Canaanite king.

English Standard Version
So on that day God subdued Jabin the king of Canaan before the people of Israel.

Berean Study Bible
On that day God subdued Jabin king of Canaan before the Israelites.

New American Standard Bible
So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the sons of Israel.

King James Bible
So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

Christian Standard Bible
That day God subdued King Jabin of Canaan before the Israelites.

Contemporary English Version
That same day God defeated the Canaanite King Jabin while the Israelites looked on, and his army was no longer powerful enough to attack the Israelites.

Good News Translation
That day God gave the Israelites victory over Jabin, the Canaanite king.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
That day God subdued Jabin king of Canaan before the Israelites.

International Standard Version
That's how God subdued Jabin, king of Canaan right in front of the Israelis that day.

NET Bible
That day God humiliated King Jabin of Canaan before the Israelites.

New Heart English Bible
So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So on that day, God used the people of Israel to crush the power of King Jabin of Canaan.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

New American Standard 1977
So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the sons of Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So God subjected on that day Jabin, the king of Canaan, before the sons of Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

American King James Version
So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

American Standard Version
So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So God that day humbled Jabin the king of Chanaan before the children of Israel:

Darby Bible Translation
So God subdued on that day Jabin king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

English Revised Version
So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

World English Bible
So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
And God humbleth on that day Jabin king of Canaan before the sons of Israel,
Study Bible
Jael Kills Sisera
22When Barak arrived in pursuit of Sisera, Jael went out to greet him and said to him, “Come, and I will show you the man you are seeking.” So he went in with her, and there lay Sisera dead, with a tent peg through his temple. 23On that day God subdued Jabin king of Canaan before the Israelites. 24And the hand of the Israelites grew stronger and stronger against Jabin king of Canaan until they destroyed him.…
Cross References
Judges 4:22
When Barak arrived in pursuit of Sisera, Jael went out to greet him and said to him, "Come, and I will show you the man you are seeking." So he went in with her, and there lay Sisera dead, with a tent peg through his temple.

Judges 4:24
And the hand of the Israelites grew stronger and stronger against Jabin king of Canaan until they destroyed him.

Nehemiah 9:24
So their descendants went in and possessed the land. You subdued before them the Canaanites dwelling in the land; You handed their kings and peoples over to them, to do with them as they wished.

Psalm 18:47
the God who avenges me and subdues nations beneath me,

Treasury of Scripture

So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

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Nehemiah 9:24 So the children went in and possessed the land, and you subdued before …

Psalm 18:39,47 For you have girded me with strength to the battle: you have subdued …

Psalm 47:3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.

Psalm 81:14 I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against …

1 Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued to him, then shall the Son also …

Hebrews 11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained …







(23) So God subdued.--The word used for God is here Elohim, while Jehovah occurs through the rest of the narrative. We are not yet in a position to formulate the law which regulates the interchange of these names. It need hardly be added that this attribution of the deliverance of Israel to God's providence and aid does not necessarily involve the least approval of the false and cruel elements which stained the courage and faith of Jael. Though God overrules even criminal acts to the fulfilment of His own purposes, the crimes themselves meet with their own just condemnation and retribution. This may be seen decisively in the case of Jehu. His conduct, like that of Jael, was of a mixed character. He was an instrument in the hands of God to punish and overthrow the guilty house of Ahab, and in carrying out this Divine commission, he, too, showed dauntlessness and faith, yet his atrocious cruelty is justly condemned by the voice of the prophet (Hosea 1:4), just as that of Baasha had been (1Kings 16:7), though he, too, was an instrument of Divine retribution. To explain this clause, and the triumphal cry of Deborah--"So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord"--as Bishop Wordsworth does, to mean that "the work of Jael is represented by the sacred writer as the work of God," is to claim Divine sanction for a wish that wicked or hostile powers should always "so" perish by cruel and treacherous assassination. At the same time, Jael must not be classed with women actuated only by a demoniacal thirst for vengeance, like Criemhild, in the Niebelungen; or even with Aretophila, of Cyrene, whom Plutarch so emphatically praises (On the Virtues of Women, p. 19, quoted by Cassel); but rather with women like Judith in ancient, or Charlotte Corday in modern times, who regarded themselves as the champions of a great and good cause.

So God subdued on that day Jabin king of Canaan before the children, of Israel. Freed Israel from subjection to him and delivered him into the hands of the Israelites; for Josephus (o) says, that as Barak went towards Hazor, he met Jabin, and slew him; who perhaps having heard of the defeat of his army under Sisera, came forth with another against Israel, which being overcome by them, he was slain, and the city utterly destroyed, as the same writer says; but by what follows it seems rather that the total conquest of him was afterwards and gradually accomplished.

(o) Antiqu. l. 5. c. 5. sect. 4. 4:17-24 Sisera's chariots had been his pride and his confidence. Thus are those disappointed who rest on the creature; like a broken reed, it not only breaks under them, but pierces them with many sorrows. The idol may quickly become a burden, Isa 46:1; what we were sick for, God can make us sick of. It is probable that Jael really intended kindness to Sisera; but by a Divine impulse she was afterwards led to consider him as the determined enemy of the Lord and of his people, and to destroy him. All our connexions with God's enemies must be broken off, if we would have the Lord for our God, and his people for our people. He that had thought to have destroyed Israel with his many iron chariots, is himself destroyed with one iron nail. Thus the weak things of the world confound the mighty. The Israelites would have prevented much mischief, if they had sooner destroyed the Canaanites, as God commanded and enabled them: but better be wise late, and buy wisdom by experience, than never be wise.
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