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Judges 4 - NIV


1 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, now that Ehud was dead.

2 So the Lord sold them into the hands of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. Sisera, the commander of his army, was based in Harosheth Haggoyim.

3 Because he had nine hundred chariots fitted with iron and had cruelly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the Lord for help.

4 Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading[a] Israel at that time.

5 She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided.

6 She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor.

7 I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.’”

8 Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”

9 “Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh.

10 There Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali, and ten thousand men went up under his command. Deborah also went up with him.

11 Now Heber the Kenite had left the other Kenites, the descendants of Hobab, Moses’ brother-in-law,[b] and pitched his tent by the great tree in Zaanannim near Kedesh.

12 When they told Sisera that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor,

13 Sisera summoned from Harosheth Haggoyim to the Kishon River all his men and his nine hundred chariots fitted with iron.

14 Then Deborah said to Barak, “Go! This is the day the Lord has given Sisera into your hands. Has not the Lord gone ahead of you?” So Barak went down Mount Tabor, with ten thousand men following him.

15 At Barak’s advance, the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword, and Sisera got down from his chariot and fled on foot.

16 Barak pursued the chariots and army as far as Harosheth Haggoyim, and all Sisera’s troops fell by the sword; not a man was left.

17 Sisera, meanwhile, fled on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, because there was an alliance between Jabin king of Hazor and the family of Heber the Kenite.

18 Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Come, my lord, come right in. Don’t be afraid.” So he entered her tent, and she covered him with a blanket.

19 “I’m thirsty,” he said. “Please give me some water.” She opened a skin of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him up.

20 “Stand in the doorway of the tent,” he told her. “If someone comes by and asks you, ‘Is anyone in there?’ say ‘No.’”

21 But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died.

22 Just then Barak came by in pursuit of Sisera, and Jael went out to meet him. “Come,” she said, “I will show you the man you’re looking for.” So he went in with her, and there lay Sisera with the tent peg through his temple—dead.

23 On that day God subdued Jabin king of Canaan before the Israelites.

24 And the hand of the Israelites pressed harder and harder against Jabin king of Canaan until they destroyed him.


a. Judges 4:4 Traditionally judging
b. Judges 4:11 Or father-in-law

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Shared by: Dave McFadden on Nov, 2016
Summary: Deborah provides us with a terrific example of courage.
Scripture: Judges 4:1-24
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Shared by: Manny Salva Cruz on Feb, 2016
Summary: Ministry work should be done by every Christian not just for pastors and church leaders. In this message, we will learn from the life of Deborah three things that can help us as we minister to God, to the Christians and to the unbelievers.
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James O. Davis avatar
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Shared by: James O. Davis on Dec, 2015
Summary: We too are living in a rapidly changing world. The world we have known in the past is not going to be the world of the future.
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Shared by: Chris Jordan on Dec, 2015
Summary: THE BIG IDEA: Just like Gideon and the judges in Israel, God has called and chosen us to encounter Jesus and make a difference in the world for good.
Scripture: Judges 4:1-7:25
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Shared by: James O. Davis on Nov, 2015
Summary: Today God is looking for some Baraks who will put their faith and feet together and will believe that God will order the stars in their courses for our good and for His glory. And we will win the battle of Star Wars - the original version!
Scripture: Judges 4:1-21
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Views: 1,217
Shine Thomas avatar
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Shared by: Shine Thomas on Mar, 2015
Summary: How the little that we have is much in the hands of our God. God uses the little we have for His glory.
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Dec, 2014
Summary: To show that as children of GOD, we are growing stronger and stronger against our enemies and our enemies are growing weaker and weaker.
Scripture: Judges 4:24
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Views: 353
Scott Bayles avatar
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Shared by: Scott Bayles on Oct, 2014
Summary: God uses imperfect people! That's the message of the book of Judges. In the second sermon in this series we see Barak defied the will of God, depended on the word of God, and delighted in the worship of God.
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Scripture: Judges 4:1-5:3
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 1,101
Dan Cormie avatar
Shared by: Dan Cormie on Sep, 2014
Summary: The historical events surrounding the leadership of Deborah. (Part 1 of 3 examining women in ministry and the opposing doctrines of complementarianism and egalitarianism.)
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Scripture: Judges 4:1-24
Denomination: Pentecostal
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Paul Basehore avatar
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Shared by: Paul Basehore on Aug, 2014
Summary: Don’t rely on another person to help you in your walk with the Lord, only rely on the Lord Himself!
Series: IMPACT
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Chris Kelly avatar
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Shared by: Chris Kelly on Jun, 2014
Summary: Two woman who got honored over 2 men, not because they were necessarily better, but because they trusted God. Thanks to Guy Caley for his insights on faith from "Mud Wrestling".
Scripture: Judges 4:1-24
Denomination: Wesleyan
Views: 1,824
John Gaston avatar
Shared by: John Gaston on Apr, 2014
Summary: When Barak & Deborah battled Sisera, there were battles among the stars -- the angels. Barak manifested faith that was extolled in the Heb. 11 Hall of Faith. He started weak & waxed mighty. How did this change happen?
Scripture: Judges 4:1-5:21
Denomination: Assembly Of God
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Shared by: Bishop Dr. Julius Soyinka on Nov, 2013
Summary: God has given every one a conscience, but it can only be reliable when it is submitted to the rule and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Our conscience is like a clock which only work correctly if it has been previously set correctly.
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Shared by: Theresa Hill Chatman on Oct, 2013
Summary: God wants us to give our all to Him, and whatever we do give Him all the glory. Deborah was unafraid to go into battle against the enemies of God. Barak was in the need of the help her strong leadership. God can use women in a mighty way!
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Scripture: Judges 4:1-5:1
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Views: 2,263
allan kircher avatar
Shared by: allan kircher on Aug, 2013
Summary: When we choose our ways over His ways when we choose to follow other gods instead of Him We can expect His displeasure.
Scripture: Judges 4:1-24
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Views: 870
Clair Sauer avatar
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Shared by: Clair Sauer on Aug, 2013
Summary: The story of Deborah remind us that the key to winning the victory over struggles in our lives is to listen to God and heed what God says.
Scripture: Judges 4:1-5:31
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 911
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Shared by: Michael Deutsch on Jun, 2013
Summary: A Mother's Day message focusing on Deborah, a woman we need to know from the Bible.
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Scripture: Judges 4:4-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,865
Tim Secrist avatar
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Shared by: Tim Secrist on Feb, 2013
Summary: There are those, even among God's people, who depend on their own strength for success. Sisera and is charioteers discover that even great military might is no match for almighty God. And it's no match for the rest of us, either.
Scripture: Judges 4:1-17
Views: 1,126
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Shared by: Tim Secrist on Feb, 2013
Summary: Sometimes the ordinary seems mundane, but occasionally it turns exraordinary. This is a narrative of an ordinary day turning into much more. Even a "nobody" can do something extraordinary in the hands of God.
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Views: 4,403
Paul Norwood avatar
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Shared by: Paul Norwood on Nov, 2012
Summary: How a woman named Deborah led Israel when men refused or were incapable of leading.
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Scripture: Judges 4:1-5:31
Views: 1,709
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Shared by: bala samson on Nov, 2012
Summary: Pride has its fall.
Scripture: Judges 4:1-17
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Shared by: bala samson on Nov, 2012
Summary: I have a lot to talk on the subject of ‘pride’ today, because this attitude is the reason for the downfall of many!
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Shared by: Tim Secrist on Oct, 2012
Summary: God is willing to use anybody that is willing to be used for His glory. This sermon is about God using an unlikely character to accomplish something big. If He can use this person, He can use anybody.
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Scripture: Judges 4:1-23
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Shared by: Timothy Enns on Feb, 2012
Summary: The third character Sketch from the Bobk of Judges that looks at our gifts and the giftings of others.
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Scripture: Judges 4:1-16
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 2,105
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Shared by: Thomas Swope on Dec, 2011
Summary: A study of chapter 4 of the book of Judges verses 1 through 24
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Scripture: Judges 4:1-24
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Views: 1,153
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Shared by: Sherm Nichols on Nov, 2011
Summary: A Father's Day message - geared to challenge men to uphold their calling as men and as leaders in their homes, the Church, and society.
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Shared by: Timothy Cooley, Sr. on Sep, 2011
Summary: God gave victory through three weaklings!
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Shared by: Johnny Wilson on Aug, 2010
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Shared by: Michael McCartney on Aug, 2010
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