Judges 4:4

“And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Deborah a prophetesse, the wife of Lapidoth, shee iudged Israel at that time.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, she judged Israel at that time.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now Deborah, a woman prophet, the wife of Lapidoth, was judge of Israel at that time.
- Basic English Bible

And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, judged Israel at that time.
- Darby Bible

And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.
- Webster's Bible

Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, she judged Israel at that time.
- World English Bible

And Deborah, a woman inspired, wife of Lapidoth, she is judging Israel at that time,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, she judged Israel at that time.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Judges 4:4


4:4 A prophetess - As there were men - prophets, so there were also women - prophetesses, as Miriam, #Exod 15:20|. Huldah, #2Kings 22:14|, and divers others; but the word prophets or prophetesses is ambiguous, sometimes being used of persons extraordinarily inspired by God, and endowed with the power of working miracles, and foretelling things to come; and sometimes of persons endowed with special gifts or graces, for the better understanding and discoursing about the word and mind of God. Of this sort were the sons of the prophets, or such as were bred in the schools of the prophets. who are often called prophets, as #1Sam 10:5|,10. And because we read nothing of Deborah's miraculous actions, perhaps she was only a woman of eminent holiness, and knowledge of the holy scriptures, by which she was singularly qualified for judging the people according to the laws of God. Judged Israel - That is, determined causes and controversies arising among the Israelites, as is implied, ver.#5|. And this Jabin might suffer to be done, especially by a woman. Yet the frequent discharge of this part of the judge's office, whereby she gained great power and authority with the people, did notably (though not observed by the tyrant) prepare the way for her sliding into the other part of her office, which was to defend and rescue the people from their enemies.


Discussion for Judges 4

  • Tawanda
    great word i love it.
  • Sis. Bonnie
    I always receive strength from this chapter of Judges in reference to God reveals to us as Women that we too are in the Army of LORD, and that we are strategically positioned in places for the Master's Use. God gets Glory from us man or woman whend we give our will over back to Him. A willing vessel is what God wants us to be. Jael was blessed to be remembered and spoken of throughout generations.
  • Abel Israel
    One interesting aspect in this very chapter is that, Gods word always find fulfillment in our lives. God spake through Deborah that a woman will take the victory or glory of the battle and not barak that came to pass in the life of jael. Gods word cannot fall to the ground!
  • Carolyn E.
    It seems to not matter how many times Yahwey brings the children of Israel through, after they see his wonderous works, after they beg him they still go against him.
  • A disciple
    Dee; You are right! But God does love because He is love; and His goodness and mercy and long-suffering is the expression of that love; a goodness and love that is not dependent on the worth of the thing loved, but because God is good He is that way. But, He absolutely HATES the wicked and CAN NEVER ALLOW those who are IN THE IMAGE OF the devil, and any unclean and perverted into His presence.
  • Dee
    If God love all why did he say he hate Essau, but he love Jacob. I don't believe based on this scripture that God loves all.
    He also said that he is angry with the wicked every day - it is his words not mine. I am simply quoting scripture. We cannot put words in His mouth. That would not do Him justice.

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