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George Haydock

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary - Judges 5:20

Stars, or angels, who are compared to the stars, and often fought for Israel, 2 Machabees x. 29. (Vales, Philos. chap. xxxi.) (Calmet) --- The favourable and malignant influences of the stars, which the Rabbins talk of, would here be nugatory, (Haydock) unless they might contribute to bring on rain. (Cajetan) --- Josephus ([Antiquities?] v. 6.) informs us that a furious tempest of hail, &c., met the enemy in the face, and rendered all their efforts useless. (Calmet) --- A similar instance... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - Judges 5:12-23

12-23 Deborah called on her own soul to be in earnest. He that will set the hearts of other men on fire with the love of Christ, must himself burn with love. Praising God is a work we should awake to, and awake ourselves unto. She notices who fought against Israel, who fought for them, and who kept away. Who fought against them. They were obstinate enemies to God's people, therefore the more dangerous. Who fought for them. The several tribes that helped are here spoken of with honour; for... read more

Paul E. Kretzmann

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann - Judges 5:19-31

The Defeat and Death of Sisera v. 19. The kings came and fought, said figuratively of the leaders of Jabin's army; then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo, for the two cities are barely three miles apart, and the plain is watered by several small tributaries of the Kishon. They took no gain of money, they did not get so much as one piece of silver as booty nor one ounce of money to buy them off. v. 20. They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought... read more

Johann Peter Lange

Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Critical, Doctrinal and Homiletical - Judges 5:12-23

Delineation Of The Victors And The VictoryJudges 5:12-2312Awake, awake Deborah!Awake, awake, compose the song!Barak, arise!—conquer thy conquest,Thou son of Abinoam!13Then down against the robust rushed a remnant,The People of God rushed with me against the powerful.2814From Ephraim’s stock, the victors of Amalek;After thee (marched) Benjamin against thy foes,29Masters came from Machir,Men skillful with the accountant’s pencil30 distinguished Zebulun.15But the first31 in Issachar were with... read more

Alexander MacLaren

Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture - Judges 5:20

Judges ‘ALL THINGS ARE YOURS’ Jdg_5:20 . - Job_5:23 . These two poetical fragments present the same truth on opposite sides. The first of them comes from Deborah’s triumphant chant. The singer identifies God with the cause of Israel, and declares that heaven itself fought against those who fought against God’s people. There may be an allusion to the tempest which Jewish tradition tells us burst over the ranks of the enemy, or there may be some trace of ancient astrological notions, or the... read more

Frederick Brotherton Meyer

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary - Judges 5:12-23

the Stars in Their Courses Judges 5:12-23 This noble psalm contains memorable sentences. The “captivity” phrase in Judges 5:12 is quoted in Psalms 68:18 and Ephesians 4:8 ; and in the latter is applied to the ascension of our Lord. He led in captivity those evil powers which had for so long held mankind in captivity. Let us not fear death, or the grave, or Hades. They have been bound to the chariot-wheels of our Lord, and their keys hang at his girdle, Revelation 1:18 . Levies and... read more

G. Campbell Morgan

G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible - Judges 5:1-31

Here we have preserved for us the great song of Deborah, composed and sung in celebration of the victory. It is full of fire and passion and is a remarkable index to the character of the woman herself. It may be divided into two main parts. First, verses one to eleven is a great chant of confidence, telling the story of the deepest secret of the victories. Everything is attributed to the direct government and activity of God. In it she recognized that the leaders were raised and the people... read more

Peter Pett

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 5:20-22

Judges 5:20-21 a. “They fought from heaven, The stars in their courses fought against Sisera. The river Kishon swept them away, That ancient river, the river Kishon.” Earth and heaven combined to destroy their armies. Compare Joshua 10:13. The river Kishon was a river bed that wended its way through the Valley of Esdraelon. But when the rains pelted down in the hills around, and on the plain, it could quickly become a swollen river, overflowing its banks and flooding the plain. Some who have... read more

Arthur Peake

Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 5:19-22

Judges 5:19-Song of Solomon : . The Battle of Megiddo.— The waters of Megiddo were tributaries of the Kishon. Taanach and Megiddo (p. 30) were both towns on the left bank of the river. The battle-field of Megiddo long afterwards suggested the name of the last weird battle of the nations— the apocalyptic Armageddon ( Revelation 16:16). Judges 5:20. The very stars take part in the fight— a magnificent poetical way of saying that all the forces of the universe are arrayed on the side of... read more

Matthew Poole

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible - Judges 5:20

Or, they from heaven, or the heavenly host fought, by thunder, and lightning, and hailstones, possibly mingled with fire. Compare Joshua 10:11; 1 Samuel 7:10. The stars; which raised those storms by their influences, which they do naturally and ordinarily, but now far more, when God sharpened their influences, and disposed the air to receive and improve their impressions. In their courses, or, from their paths, or stations, or high places. As soldiers fight in their ranks and places assigned... read more

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