Estranged People

Deborah & Barak

  • Deborah & Barak
The prophetess and judge, Deborah, told Barak that G-d was sending him to defeat the oppressing king of Canaan. (Judges 4)  Deborah is wearing the Ethiopian flag colors.

Deborah was the only female Judge of Israel. She was also a prophet, and held court in Ephraim in a place called "Deborah's Palm Tree," and the Israelites came to her to decide their disputes. Here she persuades the warrior, Barak to fight the King of Hazor, but warns Barak that the honor of conquering Sisera (King Jabin's general) will go to a woman instead of him. Sisera marched his entire army, including 900 iron chariots to the Kishon River. Deborah told Barak "Now is the time for action! The Lord leads on! He has already delivered Sisera into your hand." Barak leads his army down the slopes of Mount Tabor and defeats the enemy. Sisera, who escaped the slaughter by the Israelites, is killed by Jael, a woman, who drives a peg through his head while he is sleeping.


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