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Judges 5:15-16


5:15 Issachar’s leaders were with Deborah,

the men of Issachar 1  supported 2  Barak;

into the valley they were sent under Barak’s command. 3 

Among the clans of Reuben there was intense 4  heart searching. 5 

5:16 Why do you remain among the sheepfolds, 6 

listening to the shepherds playing their pipes 7  for their flocks? 8 

As for the clans of Reuben – there was intense searching of heart.

1 tn Heb “Issachar.” The words “the men of” are supplied in the translation for clarification.

2 tn Or “was true to.”

3 tn Heb “at his feet.”

4 tn Heb “great was.”

5 tc The great majority of Hebrew mss have “resolves of heart,” but a few mss read “searchings of heart,” which is preferable in light of v. 16.

6 tn The meaning of the Hebrew word מִשְׁפְּתַיִם (mishpÿtayim) is uncertain. Some understand the word to mean “campfires.”

7 tn Or “whistling.”

8 tn Heb “listening to the pipe playing for the flocks.”

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