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Judges 4:4

    Judges 4:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

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

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Judges 4:4

    Deborah, a prophetess - One on whom the Spirit of God descended, and who was the instrument of conveying to the Israelites the knowledge of the Divine will, in things sacred and civil.

    She judged Israel - This is, I believe, the first instance of gynaecocrasy, or female government, on record. Deborah seems to have been supreme both in civil and religious affairs; and Lapidoth, her husband, appears to have had no hand in the government. But the original may as well be translated a woman of Lapidoth, as the wife of Lapidoth.

    Barnes' Notes on Judges 4:4

    Deborah, a prophetess - Her name, meaning a bee, is the same as that of Rebekah's nurse (marginal reference). The reason of her preeminence is added. She was "a woman, a prophetess," like Miriam Exodus 15:20; Huldah 2 Kings 22:14, etc. In Judges 4:6, Judges 4:9,Judges 4:14, we have examples of her prophetic powers, and in Judges 5 a noble specimen of prophetic song. Though the other Judges are not called prophets, yet they all seem to have had direct communications from God, either of knowledge or power, or both (compare Judges 3:10 note).