Proverbs 11:4 - "Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death."

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Deborah is one of the most influential women of faith in the Bible! She is

known for her wisdom and courage of the Old Testament. As a judge and

prophetess Deborah listened to God's voice and shared His Word with

others. During the historical period of the Judges, Israel often turned to

idolatry, which resulted in God punishing them by causing them to suffer

under harsh rulership of neighboring nations. One such time was when King

Jabin, ruling in Hazor of Canaan, harshly oppressed Israel for 20 years. The

Israelites finally cried out to God for deliverance (Judges 4:3). Deborah the

judge It was during this time of King Jabin’s oppressive rule that we first read

of Deborah. “Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging

Israel at that time. And the children of Israel came up to her for judgment”

(Judges 4:4-5).


According to the New Bible Dictionary, “She had her headquarters under ‘the

palm tree of Deborah’ between Ramah and Bethel, and was consulted there by

Israelites from various tribes who wished to have their disputes settled.  (New

Bible Dictionary, Deborah, p. 275).


Deborah sent and called for Barak and said to him, “Has not the LORD God

of Israel commanded, Go and deploy troops at Mount Tabor; take with you

ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun; and

against you I will deploy Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his

chariots and his multitude at the River Kishon; and I will deliver him into

your hand” (Judges 4:6-7). She called for Barak to lead Israel in a war against

the mighty armies of Jabin and his general Sisera. 


Barak said he would only go against the enemy if Deborah went with him

(Judges 4:8). Deborah saw Barak’s less-than-confident attitude, and she

reassured him that she would surely go with him. Then she also prophesied

that the glory of killing Sisera, God’s enemy, would not go to Barak, but “the

LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman” (Judges 4:9).


Because of Deborah’s strong leadership to Barak and her encouragement

to him, Barak took 10,000 Israelite troops down from Mount Tabor as

commanded. “And the LORD routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his

army with the edge of the sword before Barak” (Judges 4:15). God spoke 

through Deborah and His prophecy came to pass!


Deborah wrote a song and taught it to the people; when leaders lead in Israel,

when the people willingly offer themselves, bless the LORD!” (Judges 5:2).

"Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD;

I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel." (Judges 5:3). More details of

Deborah's song can be found in Judges 5:19-21. The ending of Deborah's

song describes the battle that God fought against the enemy. “Thus let all

Your enemies perish, O LORD!” (Judges 5:31). Deborah is an influential

example of a woman with faith in God, who became a great leader for her