Gustave Doré 1832 – 1883

Deborah Praises Jael

engraving — 1865

Gustave Doré biography

This work is linked to Judges 5:7

Deborah was a judge, one who would lead the fight against the enemies of Israel when necessary. In her case, the Canaanites needed to be beaten once again. Deborah called on army commander Barak to go to battle but prophesized that no he, but a woman would finish off the enemy leader. The prophecy came true when Jael, wife of Cheber, struck him with a nail of the tent.

In the fifth chapter of the Book of Judges Deborah sings a song of praise for Jael.

Tags: Prophets | Judges

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