Judges 5:8

“They chose new gods; then was warre in the gates: was there a shield or speare seene among fourtie thousand in Israel?”

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Other Translations

They chose new gods; then [was] war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
- King James Version

"New gods were chosen; Then war {was} in the gates. Not a shield or a spear was seen Among forty thousand in Israel.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

They chose new gods; Then was war in the gates: Was there a shield or spear seen Among forty thousand in Israel?
- American Standard Version (1901)

They had no one to make arms, there were no more armed men in the towns; was there a body-cover or a spear to be seen among forty thousand in Israel?
- Basic English Bible

They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: Was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
- Darby Bible

They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
- Webster's Bible

They chose new gods. Then war was in the gates. Was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
- World English Bible

He chooseth new gods, Then war [is] at the gates! A shield is not seen -- and a spear Among forty thousand in Israel.
- Youngs Literal Bible

They chose new gods; then was war in the gates; was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Judges 5:8


5:8 Chose - They did not only submit to idolatry when they were forced to it by tyrants, but they freely chose it. New gods - New to them, and unknown to their fathers, and new in comparison of the true and everlasting God of Israel, being but of yesterday. The gates - That is, in their walled cities, which have gates and bars; gates are often put for cities; then their strong holds fell into the hands of their enemies. Was there a shield - There was not, the meaning is not, that all the Israelites had no arms, but, either they had but few arms among them, being many thousands of them disarmed by the Canaanites and Philistines, or that they generally neglected the use of arms, as being without all hope of recovering their liberty.


Discussion for Judges 5

  • BSP
    Verse 23~The inhabitants of Meroz failed to come to the aid of Jehovah God and for this they were cursed.
  • BSP
    Verse 5~The mountains are figuratively spoken of as melting before Jehovah God. This shows the tremendous amount of power that God has.
  • Dewey J
    Norman, the Scripture means exactly what it says Zebulun and Naphtali were the only tribes of Israel to go up to war against GOD's enemies. The other tribes for one reason or the other didn't show up for the Lord to use them and were cursed in the end for their sin of omittion. What a pity? Glory be to God in the highest through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! Amen.
  • Diann Risner
    This chapter relates how Deborah, as a prophetess is giving us a messianic prophecy dealing with the coming of the Messiah in power. The entire chapter is dealing with Christ's return to this earth in power.
  • What a glorious day it will be when all of God 's enemies, both fleshly and spirit, are no more! I definitely look forward to this peaceful day.
  • CATHERINE
    in every victory we should give praises and honour to God knowing that it all comes from Him.

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