Judges 5:8
NASB Lexicon
NASB ©HebrewStrong'sOrigin
2319: newfrom chadash
430: God, godpl. of eloah
were chosen;יִבְחַר֙
977: to choosea prim. root
227: at that timeof uncertain derivation
3901: perhaps warfrom lacham
[was] in the gates.שְׁעָרִ֑ים
8179: a gatefrom an unused word
Not a shieldמָגֵ֤ן
4043: a shieldfrom ganan
or a spearוָרֹ֔מַח
7420: a spear, lancefrom an unused word
was seenיֵֽרָאֶה֙
7200: to seea prim. root
Among fortyבְּאַרְבָּעִ֥ים
705: fortyfrom the same as arba
505: a thousanda prim. root
in Israel.בְּיִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃
3478: "God strives," another name of Jacob and his desc.from sarah and el

KJV Lexicon
They chose
bachar  (baw-khar')
to try, i.e. (by implication) select -- acceptable, appoint, choose (choice), excellent, join, be rather, require.
chadash  (khaw-dawsh')
new -- fresh, new thing.
'elohiym  (el-o-heem')
angels, exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), (very) great, judges, mighty.
then was war
lachem  (law-khem')
in the gates
sha`ar  (shah'-ar)
an opening, i.e. door or gate -- city, door, gate, port (-er).
was there a shield
magen  (maw-gane')
a shield (i.e. the small one or buckler); figuratively, a protector; also the scaly hide of the crocodile -- armed, buckler, defence, ruler, + scale, shield.
or spear
romach  (ro'-makh)
a lance (as thrown); especially the iron point -- buckler, javelin, lancet, spear.
ra'ah  (raw-aw')
to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative)surely, think, view, visions.
among forty
'arba`iym  (ar-baw-eem')
forty -- forty.
'eleph  (eh'-lef)
hence (the ox's head being the first letter of the alphabet, and this eventually used as a numeral) a thousand -- thousand.
in Israel
Yisra'el  (yis-raw-ale')
he will rule as God; Jisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity: --Israel.
Parallel Verses
New American Standard Bible
"New gods were chosen; Then war was in the gates. Not a shield or a spear was seen Among forty thousand in Israel.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Israel chose new gods, then war was in the gates. Not a shield or spear was seen among 40,000 in Israel.

International Standard Version
New gods were chosen, then war came to the city gates, but there wasn't a shield or spear to be seen among 40,000 soldiers of Israel.

NET Bible
God chose new leaders, then fighters appeared in the city gates; but, I swear, not a shield or spear could be found, among forty military units in Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the people chose new gods, war broke out inside the city gates. Not a weapon was seen among 40,000 in Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
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