Judges 5:10
New International Version
"You who ride on white donkeys, sitting on your saddle blankets, and you who walk along the road, consider

New Living Translation
“Consider this, you who ride on fine donkeys, you who sit on fancy saddle blankets, and you who walk along the road.

English Standard Version
“Tell of it, you who ride on white donkeys, you who sit on rich carpets and you who walk by the way.

Berean Study Bible
You who ride white donkeys, who sit on saddle blankets, and you who travel the road, ponder

New American Standard Bible
"You who ride on white donkeys, You who sit on rich carpets, And you who travel on the road-- sing!

New King James Version
“Speak, you who ride on white donkeys, Who sit in judges’ attire, And who walk along the road.

King James Bible
Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.

Christian Standard Bible
You who ride on white donkeys, who sit on saddle blankets, and who travel on the road, give praise!

Contemporary English Version
Listen, everyone! Whether you ride a donkey with a padded saddle or have to walk.

Good News Translation
Tell of it, you that ride on white donkeys, sitting on saddles, and you that must walk wherever you go.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You who ride on white donkeys, who sit on saddle blankets, and who travel on the road, give praise!

International Standard Version
"Speak up, you who ride white donkeys, sitting on cloth saddles while you travel on your way!

NET Bible
You who ride on light-colored female donkeys, who sit on saddle blankets, you who walk on the road, pay attention!

New Heart English Bible
"Speak, you who ride on white donkeys, you who sit on saddle blankets, and you who walk by the way.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You people who ride on brown donkeys, who sit on saddle blankets, and who walk on the road-think.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ye that ride on white asses, Ye that sit on rich cloths, And ye that walk by the way, tell of it;

New American Standard 1977
“You who ride on white donkeys, You who sit on rich carpets, And you who travel on the road—sing!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that preside in judgment, and walk by the way.

King James 2000 Bible
Speak, you that ride on white donkeys, you that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.

American King James Version
Speak, you that ride on white asses, you that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.

American Standard Version
Tell of it , ye that ride on white asses, Ye that sit on rich carpets, And ye that walk by the way.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Ye that mount a she-ass at noon-day, ye that sit on the judgment-seat, and walk by the roads of them that sit in judgment by the way; declare

Douay-Rheims Bible
Speak, you that ride upon fair asses, and you that sit in judgment, and walk in the way.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye that ride on white she-asses, ye that sit on carpets, and ye that walk by the way, consider.

English Revised Version
Tell of it, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit on rich carpets, and ye that walk by the way.

Webster's Bible Translation
Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.

World English Bible
"Tell [of it], you who ride on white donkeys, you who sit on rich carpets, and you who walk by the way.

Young's Literal Translation
Riders on white asses -- Sitters on a long robe -- And walkers by the way -- meditate!
Study Bible
The Song of Deborah and Barak
9My heart is with the princes of Israel, with the volunteers among the people. Bless the LORD! 10You who ride white donkeys, who sit on saddle blankets, and you who travel the road, ponder 11the voices of the singers at the watering places. There they shall recount the righteous acts of the LORD, the righteous deeds of His villagers in Israel. Then the people of the LORD went down to the gates:…
Cross References
Judges 10:4
He had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys. And they had thirty towns in the land of Gilead, which to this day are called Havvoth-jair.

Judges 12:14
He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. And he judged Israel eight years.

Treasury of Scripture

Speak, you that ride on white asses, you that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.

speak.

Psalm 105:2
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.

Psalm 145:5,11
I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works…

ride

Judges 10:4
And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Havothjair unto this day, which are in the land of Gilead.

Judges 12:14
And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, that rode on threescore and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years.

ye that sit

Psalm 107:32
Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

Isaiah 28:6
And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.

Joel 3:12
Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.







Lexicon
You who ride
רֹכְבֵי֩ (rō·ḵə·ḇê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 7392: To ride, to place upon, to despatch

white
צְחֹר֜וֹת (ṣə·ḥō·rō·wṯ)
Adjective - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6715: White

donkeys,
אֲתֹנ֨וֹת (’ă·ṯō·nō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 860: A female donkey

who sit
יֹשְׁבֵ֧י (yō·šə·ḇê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

saddle blankets,
מִדִּ֛ין (mid·dîn)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4055: Extent, height, a measure, a vesture, a carpet

and you who travel
וְהֹלְכֵ֥י (wə·hō·lə·ḵê)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

the road,
דֶּ֖רֶךְ (de·reḵ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

ponder
שִֽׂיחוּ׃ (śî·ḥū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7878: To muse, complain, talk (of)
(10) Speak.--Rather, Think of it. or, perhaps, "Meditate the song." It is placed in the original in far more forcible position at the end of the verse.

Ye that ride on white asses.--That is, nobles and wealthy (Judges 10:4; Judges 12:14). The word can hardly mean "white," because there are no such things as white asses. It means rather "bright-coloured" (Ezekiel 27:18), "glossy-skinned," or "dappled" (super nitentes asinos, Vulg.). These were the more valuable sort of asses, and were used by the rich and great. It is only because this was not understood among the Greeks and Romans, who despised the ass, that the LXX. and Josephus so often disguise the word in writing for Gentiles, using p?lon, "steed," or the general word hupozugion, "beast of burden," instead. No incident was more derided among the Gentiles than the riding to Zion of her king, "meek and sitting upon an ass" (Zechariah 9:9), (see the Life of Christ, 2:197). Here though the Alexandrine MS. of the LXX has "on female asses of the South "--i.e., of Ethiopia--we find in other MSS. "on beasts of burden."

Ye that sit in judgment.--Rather, ye that sit on rich divans, though our version follows the Vatican MS. of the LXX., the Chaldee, and the Vulgate. The Hebrew is, "ye that sit on middin," and some Jews understood it to mean "at Middin"--i.e., ye inhabitants of the town Middin (which is mentioned in Joshua 15:61, and which they suppose may have been peculiarly oppressed and insulted by the enemy). Others, again, suppose that middin is saddle-cloths (comp. Matthew 21:7). The Alexandrine MS. of the LXX. has epi lampenom--i.e., on sedans or covered chariots. There can be little doubt that it means "bright carpets" (compare mad in Psalm 109:18).

And walk by the way.--Rather, ye that walk in the way. Deborah appeals (1) to the wealthy, riding through the safe highways: (2) to those of all classes who now sit at ease on divans, bright with carpets, of which Easterns are so fond: and (3) to foot-passengers in the ordinary life--to join in the thought and song of praise. On the phrases "sitting at home and "walking on the roads" to describe the ordinary avocations of life, see Deuteronomy 6:7 : "When thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way."

Verse 10. - She appeals to the nobles who ride on white (or roan) asses, and sit on rich saddle-cloths (not sit in judgment), and to the people who walk by the way, alike to speak of the great deliverance. 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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