Deborah & Jael - Judges 4

Mount Tabor.

Deborah, a prophetess, told Barak to wait for Sisera at Mount Tabor.
This is where Jael later used a hammer to drive a tent peg through Sisera's temple.

 

Mosaics from the ceiling of the Church of the Dormition on Mount Zion.

Jael is on the right with a hammer and tent peg in her hands.


Judges 4:18-21

18Jael came out to meet Sisera, and said to him, "Turn aside, my lord, turn aside to me; have no fear." So he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug. 19Then he said to her, "Please give me a little water to drink; for I am thirsty." So she opened a skin of milk and gave him a drink and covered him. 20He said to her, "Stand at the entrance of the tent, and if anybody comes and asks you, 'Is anyone here?' say, 'No.' " 21But Jael wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, until it went down into the ground--he was lying fast asleep from weariness--and he died.

 


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