Sisera
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Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
Sisera

that sees a horse or a swallow

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Sisera

(battle array).

  1. Captain of the army of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. He himself resided in Harosheth of the Gentiles. The particulars of the rout of Megiddo and of Sisera's flight and death are drawn out under the heads of BARAK, DEBORAH, JAEL, KISHON. (B.C. 1296.)
  2. After a long interval the name appears in the lists of Nethinim who returned from the captivity with Zerubbabel. (Ezra 2:53; Nehemiah 7:55) It doubtless tells of Canaanite captives devoted to the lowest offices of the temple. (B.C. before 536.)
ATS Bible Dictionary
Sisera

A general in the army of Jabin king of Hazor, sent by his master against Barak and Deborah, who occupied Mount Tabor with an army. Being defeated, he fled on foot, and was ingloriously slain by Jael, Jud 4:1-5:31. See JAEL.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Egypt. Ses-Ra, "servant of Ra").

(1.) The captain of Jabin's army (Judges 4:2), which was routed and destroyed by the army of Barak on the plain of Esdraelon. After all was lost he fled to the settlement of Heber the Kenite in the plain of Zaanaim. Jael, Heber's wife, received him into her tent with apparent hospitality, and "gave him butter" (i.e., lebben, or curdled milk) "in a lordly dish." Having drunk the refreshing beverage, he lay down, and soon sank into the sleep of the weary. While he lay asleep Jael crept stealthily up to him, and taking in her hand one of the tent pegs, with a mallet she drove it with such force through his temples that it entered into the ground where he lay, and "at her feet he bowed, he fell; where he bowed, there he fell down dead." The part of Deborah's song (Judges 5:24-27) referring to the death of Sisera (which is a "mere patriotic outburst, " and "is no proof that purer eyes would have failed to see gross sin mingling with Jael's service to Israel") is thus rendered by Professor Roberts (Old Testament Revision):

"Extolled above women be Jael, The wife of Heber the Kenite, Extolled above women in the tent. He asked for water, she gave him milk; She brought him cream in a lordly dish. She stretched forth her hand to the nail, Her right hand to the workman's hammer, And she smote Sisera; she crushed his head, She crashed through and transfixed his temples. At her feet he curled himself, he fell, he lay still; At her feet he curled himself, he fell; And where he curled himself, there he fell dead."

(2.) The ancestor of some of the Nethinim who returned with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:53; Nehemiah 7:55).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
SISERA

sis'-er-a (cicera', of doubtful meaning; S(e)isara):

(1) Given in Judges 4 as the captain of the army of Jabin, king of Hazor. The accounts given of the battle of Sisera with Barak, as found in Judges 4 and 5, have important points of difference. The first is a prose, the second a poetic narrative. In the first only Naphtali and Zebulun are mentioned as being under the command of Barak; in the second 6 tribes are given as being under his command. In Judges 4 Sisera is known as the captain of Jabin's forces, while in Judges 5 he seems to have been an independent leader. There is also a difference as to the scene of the battle and as to the manner in which Sisera met his death at the hand of Jael. Because of these points of difference, added to the fact that this is the only account, in these early times, where a king did not lead his own forces, it is thought by many that there is here the combination of two traditions dealing with different and distinct events.

Sisera resided in Harosheth of the Gentiles, a place identified with el-Charithiyeh, on the right bank of the Kishon and commanding the way from the Central Plain to the sea. Taking the versions in the two chapters of Judges as being the account of a single campaign, we find Deborah urging Barak to combine the forces of Israel to wage war with Sisera as the representative of Jabin, the king of Hazor. The scene of the battle was on the plain at the foot of the slopes of Mt. Tabor (Judges 4:12-14), or at the foot of the Carmel heights (Judges 5:19). The attack of Barak and Deborah was so furious, animated as it was by the hatred of Sisera and the Canaanites, that the hosts of Sisera were put to rout, and Sisera, deserting his troops, fled on foot to the Northeast. He took refuge in the tent of Heber, near Kedesh, and here met death at the hands of Jael, the wife of Heber (see JAEL). Sisera's name had long produced fear in Israel because of his oppression of the people, his vast army and his 900 chariots of iron. His overthrow was the cause of much rejoicing and was celebrated by the song in which Deborah led the people.

See DEBORAH.

It is interesting to note that the great rabbi Aqiba, who fought so valiantly in the Jewish war for independence as standard bearer to Bar-cocheba, was descended from the ancient warlike Sisera of Harosheth.

(2) In Ezra 2:53 and Nehemiah 7:55 the name Sisera, after a long interval, reappears in a family of the Nethinim. There is no evidence that the latter Sisera is connected by family descent with the former.

C. E. Schenk

Strong's Hebrew
5516. Sisera -- a general of the king of Hazor, also the father of ...
... 5515, 5516. Sisera. 5517 . a general of the king of Hazor, also the father
of some returning exiles. Transliteration: Sisera Phonetic ...
/hebrew/5516.htm - 6k
Library

Women who Saved a Nation
... THE OLD TESTAMENT WOMEN WHO SAVED A NATION. Later Sisera, who had nine hundred iron
chariots, cruelly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years. ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/sherman/the childrens bible/women who saved a nation.htm

How the Canaanites Brought the Israelites under Slavery for Twenty ...
... than three thousand chariots. Sisera was commander of all his army, and
was the principal person in the king's favor. He so sorely ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 5 how the canaanites.htm

Deborah's Song
... Women. They fought from heaven, The stars in their courses fought against Sisera.
The river Kishon swept them away," That ancient river, the river Kishon! ...
/.../various/select masterpieces of biblical literature/iv deborahs song.htm

The Marvels of Holy Scripture, --Moral and Physical. --Jael's Deed ...
... God promises deliverance: and Deborah is raised up to organize the resistance against
Jabin, "the captain of whose host was Sisera." Now, while Heber the ...
/.../burgon/inspiration and interpretation/sermon vii the marvels of.htm

Though Many Other Widows came Near to Judith in virtue...
... fought for her, who in a mystery revealed to us the rising of the Church from among
the Gentiles, for whom should be found a triumph over Sisera, that is, over ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter viii though many other.htm

Salvation Published from the Mountains
... slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands (1 Samuel 18:6, 7) . Thus likewise,
Deborah, in her sublime song, represents the mother of Sisera (Judges 5:28 ...
/.../newton/messiah vol 1/sermon vi salvation published from.htm

Sin Slain
... Rev. CH SPURGEON,. At New Park Street, Southwark. "And, behold, as Barak pursued
Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 6 1860/sin slain.htm

The Hebrews and the Philistines --Damascus
... enemy.* They had for some time been under the Amorite yoke, and the sacred writings
represent them at this juncture as oppressed either by Sisera of Harosheth ...
/.../chapter iiithe hebrews and the.htm

Psalm LXXXIII.
... "Do thou to them," he saith, "as unto Madian and Sisera, as unto Jabin at the brook
of Kishon" (ver.9). "They perished at Endor, they became as the dung of the ...
/.../augustine/exposition on the book of psalms/psalm lxxxiii.htm

A Nation's Struggle for a Home and Freedom.
... Prom heaven fought the stars, From their courses fought against Sisera, The river
Kishon swept them away, That ancient river, the river Kishon. ...
/.../kent/the making of a nation/study xii a nations struggle.htm

Thesaurus
Sisera (18 Occurrences)
... at her feet he bowed, he fell; where he bowed, there he fell down dead." The part
of Deborah's song (Judges 5:24-27) referring to the death of Sisera (which is ...
/s/sisera.htm - 17k

Sisera's (2 Occurrences)
... Multi-Version Concordance Sisera's (2 Occurrences). Judges 4:16 But Barak went
after the war-carriages and the army as far as Harosheth ...
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Jael (6 Occurrences)
... When the Canaanites were defeated by Barak, Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army,
fled and sought refuge with the friendly tribe of Heber, beneath the oaks of ...
/j/jael.htm - 14k

Barak (14 Occurrences)
... Naphtali. He was summoned by the prophetess Deborah to lead his countrymen
to war against the Canaanites under the leadership of Sisera. ...
/b/barak.htm - 14k

Jabin (8 Occurrences)
... 1-9). (2) "The king of Canaan, that reigned (or had reigned) in Hazor." It is not
clear whether he dwelt in Hazor or Harosheth, the home of Sisera, the captain ...
/j/jabin.htm - 11k

Sis'era (19 Occurrences)
Sis'era. Sisera, Sis'era. Sisera's . ... (See RSV). Ezra 2:53 the children of Barkos,
the children of Sisera, the children of Temah; (See RSV). ...
/s/sis'era.htm - 12k

Deborah (10 Occurrences)
... She gave the signal for attack, and the Hebrew host rushed down impetuously upon
the army of Jabin, which was commanded by Sisera, and gained a great and ...
/d/deborah.htm - 14k

Kishon (6 Occurrences)
... This was the scene of the defeat of Sisera (Judges 4:7, 13), and of the
destruction of the prophets of Baal by Elijah (1 Kings 18:40). ...
/k/kishon.htm - 12k

War-carriages (76 Occurrences)
... Judges 4:7 And I will make Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his war-carriages
and his forces, come against you at the river Kishon, where I will give ...
/w/war-carriages.htm - 31k

Chariots (118 Occurrences)
... Judges 4:7 I will draw to you, to the river Kishon, Sisera, the captain of Jabin's
army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into your ...
/c/chariots.htm - 42k

Concordance
Sisera (18 Occurrences)

Judges 4:2
Yahweh sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth of the Gentiles.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 4:7
I will draw to you, to the river Kishon, Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into your hand.'"
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 4:9
She said, "I will surely go with you: nevertheless, the journey that you take shall not be for your honor; for Yahweh will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman." Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 4:12
They told Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to Mount Tabor.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 4:13
Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people who were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles, to the river Kishon.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 4:14
Deborah said to Barak, "Go; for this is the day in which Yahweh has delivered Sisera into your hand. Hasn't Yahweh gone out before you?" So Barak went down from Mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 4:15
Yahweh confused Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his army, with the edge of the sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from his chariot, and fled away on his feet.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 4:16
But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the army, to Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; there was not a man left.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 4:17
However Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite; for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 4:18
Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him, "Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; don't be afraid." He came in to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 4:22
Behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said to him, "Come, and I will show you the man whom you seek." He came to her; and behold, Sisera lay dead, and the tent peg was in his temples.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 5:20
From the sky the stars fought. From their courses, they fought against Sisera.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 5:26
She put her hand to the tent peg, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer. With the hammer she struck Sisera. She struck through his head. Yes, she pierced and struck through his temples.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 5:28
"Through the window she looked out, and cried: Sisera's mother looked through the lattice.'Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why do the wheels of his chariots wait?'
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

1 Samuel 12:9
"But they forgot Yahweh their God; and he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the army of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab; and they fought against them.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Ezra 2:53
the children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Temah,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Nehemiah 7:55
the children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Temah,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Psalms 83:9
Do to them as you did to Midian, as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the river Kishon;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Subtopics

Sisera

Sisera: Captain of a Canaanite Army, Defeated by Barak; Killed by Jael

Sisera: One of the Nethinim

Related Terms

Sisera's (2 Occurrences)

Jael (6 Occurrences)

Barak (14 Occurrences)

Jabin (8 Occurrences)

Sis'era (19 Occurrences)

Deborah (10 Occurrences)

Kishon (6 Occurrences)

War-carriages (76 Occurrences)

Chariots (118 Occurrences)

Heber (13 Occurrences)

Nail (9 Occurrences)

Hazor (19 Occurrences)

Goyim (7 Occurrences)

Temples (17 Occurrences)

Tent-pin (4 Occurrences)

Endor (3 Occurrences)

Megiddo (13 Occurrences)

Pin (10 Occurrences)

Peg (8 Occurrences)

Haggoyim (3 Occurrences)

Esdraelon

Pursued (75 Occurrences)

Tabor (12 Occurrences)

You're (8 Occurrences)

Lighted (36 Occurrences)

War-carriage (11 Occurrences)

Fleeth (54 Occurrences)

Temah (2 Occurrences)

Thamah (2 Occurrences)

En-dor (3 Occurrences)

Destroyeth (38 Occurrences)

Discomfited (12 Occurrences)

Meroz (1 Occurrence)

Pursuit (35 Occurrences)

Pursuing (50 Occurrences)

Barkos (2 Occurrences)

Confused (13 Occurrences)

Abinoam (4 Occurrences)

Alighted (7 Occurrences)

Abandoned (45 Occurrences)

Selleth (17 Occurrences)

Seekest (12 Occurrences)

Kedesh (12 Occurrences)

Fled (181 Occurrences)

Chariot (102 Occurrences)

Advance (33 Occurrences)

Mantle (35 Occurrences)

Army (401 Occurrences)

Searching (111 Occurrences)

Fought (109 Occurrences)

Flight (325 Occurrences)

Harosheth-hagoyim (3 Occurrences)

Harosheth (3 Occurrences)

Harosheth-goiim (3 Occurrences)

Edge (150 Occurrences)

Sold (92 Occurrences)

Sword (427 Occurrences)

Stretched (234 Occurrences)

Captain (167 Occurrences)

Plain (113 Occurrences)

Brook (75 Occurrences)

Poetry

Zaanannim (2 Occurrences)

Zaanaim (1 Occurrence)

Kenites (8 Occurrences)

Kenite (9 Occurrences)

Kison (1 Occurrence)

Necks (28 Occurrences)

Needlework (23 Occurrences)

Needle-work (7 Occurrences)

Jabin's (1 Occurrence)

Lattice (6 Occurrences)

Lamented (19 Occurrences)

Labourers (11 Occurrences)

Ladies (8 Occurrences)

Wounding (24 Occurrences)

Wheels (30 Occurrences)

Workman's (1 Occurrence)

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