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Judges 5:28

    Judges 5:28 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Through the window she looked forth, and cried, The mother of Sisera cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why tarry the wheels of his chariots?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Looking out from the window she gave a cry, the mother of Sisera was crying out through the window, Why is his carriage so long in coming? When will the noise of his wheels be sounding?

    Webster's Revision

    Through the window she looked forth, and cried, The mother of Sisera cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why tarry the wheels of his chariots?

    World English Bible

    "Through the window she looked out, and cried: Sisera's mother looked through the lattice. 'Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why do the wheels of his chariots wait?'

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Through the window she looked forth, and cried, the mother of Sisera cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?

    Clarke's Commentary on Judges 5:28

    Cried through the lattice - This is very natural: in the women's apartments in the East the windows are latticed, to prevent them from sending or receiving letters, etc. The latticing is the effect of the jealousy which universally prevails in those countries.

    Why is his chariot so long in coming? - Literally, Why is his chariot ashamed to come? Dr. Lowth has very justly observed, that this is a striking image of maternal solicitude, and of a mind divided between hope and fear.

    "The mother of Sisera looked out at a window;

    She cried through the lattice,

    'Why is his chariot so long in coming?

    Why tarry the wheels of his chariot?'

    "Immediately, impatient of delay, she prevents the comfort of her companions; elate in mind, and bursting forth into female levity and jactation, impotent to hope for any thing, and drunk with her good fortune,

    "Her wise ladies earnestly answered her;

    Yea, she immediately returned answer to herself;

    'Have they not sped? have they not divided the spoil?'

    "We see how consonant to the person speaking is every idea, every word. She dwells not upon the slaughter of the enemies, the number of the captives, the valor and great exploits of the victor, but, burning with the female love of spoils, on those things rather which captivate the light mind of the vainest woman; damsels, gold, garments. Nor does she dwell upon them only; but she repeats, she accumulates, she augments every thing. She seems, as it were, to handle the spoils. dwelling as she does on every particular.

    'Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey?

    A damsel, yea, two damsels to every man:

    To Sisera, a prey of divers colors;

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    Barnes' Notes on Judges 5:28

    The scene is changed to the palace of Sisera.

    Wesley's Notes on Judges 5:28

    5:28 Looked out - Expecting to see him returning: for she concluded, that he went forth not so much to fight, as to take the spoil.