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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Judges 5:24-31

Deborah here concludes this triumphant song, I. With the praises of Jael, her sister-heroine, whose valiant act had completed and crowned the victory. She had mentioned her before (Jdg. 5:6) as one that would have served her country if it had been in her power; now she applauds her as one that did serve it admirably well when it was in her power. Her poetry is finest and most florid here in the latter end of the song. How honourably does she speak of Jael (Jdg. 5:24), who preferred her peace... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Judges 5:24

Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be ,.... Under the same influence that Meroz was cursed, Jael is blessed, the one for not helping Israel in a public way, the other for doing it in a private manner; this blessing is pronounced, either in a way of prayer that it might be, or in a way of prophecy that it should be, and indeed in both: blessed shall she be above the women in the tent ; above all women that dwell in tents: this being a proper description of a... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Judges 5:24

Blessed above women shall Jael - be - She shall be highly celebrated as a most heroic woman; all the Israelitish women shall glory in her. I do not understand these words as expressive of the Divine approbation towards Jael. See the observations at the end of Judges 4:24 ; (note). The word bless, both in Hebrew and Greek, often signifies to praise, to speak well of, to celebrate. This is most probably its sense here. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Judges 5:24

The blessing here pronounced is in strong contrast with the curse of Meroz. Deborah speaks of Jael’s deed by the light of her own age, which did not make manifest the evil of guile and bloodshed; the light in ours does. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Judges 5:24

Judges 5:24. Blessed, &c. This is a beautiful and striking transition, whereby the prophetess passes from the curse pronounced by the command of the angel on the Merozites to the blessing of Jael, on whom she passes the finest encomium, because, though only a sojourner in Israel, she had done them most signal service in taking off Sisera, their most inveterate enemy. Blessed above women Celebrated and endowed with all sorts of blessings more than they. In the tent In her tent and... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Judges 5:1-31

Deliverance under Deborah (4:1-5:31)Hazor, chief city of the north, had been conquered and burnt by Joshua (Joshua 11:10-13). However, not all the people had been destroyed. Having rebuilt Hazor, they now took revenge on the northern tribes, especially Zebulun and Naphtali, and ruled them cruelly for twenty years (4:1-3). (To understand fully how God saved Israel at this time, we must read the historical outline in Chapter 4 together with the song of victory in Chapter 5.)Israel’s deliverer on... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Judges 5:24

Blessed above women. Compare Luke 1:28 "among". See notes on Judges 4:4 , Judges 4:17 ; Judges 5:7 , Judges 5:11 , Judges 5:30 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Judges 5:24

"Blessed above women shall Jael be,The wife of Heber the Kenite;Blessed shall she be above women in the tent.He asked water, and she gave him milk;She brought him butter in a lordly dish.She put her hand to the tent-pin,And her right hand to the workman's hammer;And with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote through his head;Yea, she pierced and struck through his temples.At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay:Where he bowed, there he fell down dead.""Blessed above women shall Jael be" (Judges... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Judges 5:23-24

Judges 5:23-24. Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord— It is plain from the corresponding clause, that Meroz was a city, the inhabitants whereof refused to assist in this war, and therefore are thus solemnly devoted by the angel of the Lord. See Joshua 5:14. Against the mighty, at the close of this verse, is rendered by Houbigant, with the mighty; with those warriors of the Lord, who freely offered themselves in this enterprise. From this curse the prophetess passes, by a beautiful... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Judges 5:24

24-27. is a most graphic picture of the treatment of Sisera in the tent of Jael. read more

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