New International Version
From the heavens the stars fought, from their courses they fought against Sisera.
King James Bible
They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.
Darby Bible Translation
From heaven was the fight; The stars from their courses fought with Sisera.
World English Bible
From the sky the stars fought. From their courses, they fought against Sisera.
Young's Literal Translation
From the heavens they fought: The stars from their highways fought with Sisera.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They fought from heaven - The angels of God came to the assistance of Israel: and the stars in their orbits fought against Sisera; probably some thunder storm, or great inundation from the river Kishon, took place at that time, which in poetic language was attributed to the stars. So our poet sung relative to the storms which dispersed the Spanish armada in 1588: -
"Both winds and waves at once conspire
To aid old England - frustrate Spain's desire."
Perhaps it means no more than this: the time which was measured and ruled by the heavenly bodies seemed only to exist for the destruction of the Canaanites. There may be also a reference to the sun and moon standing still in the days of Joshua.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
courses. Heb. paths
Why satest then among the sheepfolds, to hear the pipings for the flocks? At the watercourses of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.'--JUDGES v. 16 (R.V.). I. The fight. The warfare is ever repeated, though in new forms. In the highest form it is Christ versus the World, And that conflict must be fought out in our own souls first. Our religion should lead not only to accept and rely on what Christ does for us, but to do and dare for Christ. He has given Himself for us, and has thereby …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Songs of Deliverance
The Hebrews and the Philistines --Damascus
On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: "Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon."
The river Kishon swept them away, the age-old river, the river Kishon. March on, my soul; be strong!
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