Deborah (4:1-5:31)

Study notes  2019
Tags: Deborah; Judges 4:1-5:31; Israel; Spiritual life; Barak
Excerpted from Profiles of the Judges



Description of Spiritual Failure
“And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD …” (4:1).
Nation(s) Oppressing Israel Canaan (4:2)
Nature of Foreign Oppression Cruel oppression under Jabin king of Canaan (4:2-3)
Length of Foreign Oppression 20 years (4:3)
Cry for Deliverance “the people of Israel cried out to the LORD for help” (4:3)
Provenance of Judge Of the tribe of Ephraim (4:5)
Special Notes Deborah is unique as the only woman among the Israelite judges. She was a prophetess (4:4) who gave Barak godly advice (4:6-7; 4:14) and praised Yahweh as the ultimate victor over Sisera’s army (chap. 5, esp. vv. 2-3, 11).

The song of Deborah and Barak (chap. 5) is the only substantial occurrence of poetry found in the book of Judges.
Length of Judge’s Service Not recorded
Duration of Peace 40 years (5:31)
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