Scripture Stories
Deborah the Prophetess

“Deborah the Prophetess,” Old Testament Stories (2022)

“Deborah the Prophetess,” Old Testament Stories

Judges 4–5

Deborah the Prophetess

A leader who helped Israel trust the Lord

Deborah the prophetess

Deborah was a prophetess, a faithful Israelite leader who was inspired by the Lord. Her people had stopped keeping the Lord’s commandments, and the Canaanites ruled over them. After twenty years, the Israelites began to pray for the Lord’s help.

Judges 4:1–5

Deborah praying

The Lord heard their prayers. He told Deborah to gather an army of Israelites to fight against the Canaanites.

Judges 4:6

Deborah talking to soldiers

The Canaanite army had many soldiers and chariots. This made the Israelite army afraid, but not Deborah. She knew the Lord would help them.

Judges 4:3, 7

Barak asking Deborah to come

Barak was the leader of the Israelite army. He did not want to fight. But he thought that if Deborah went with the army, the Lord would protect them. Deborah agreed to go. She prophesied that a woman would defeat Sisera, the leader of the Canaanite army.

Judges 4:8–9

Deborah and army on top of mountain

The Israelite army gathered on a mountain, and the Canaanites gathered in the valley. Deborah told Barak to go down from the mountain. She promised that the Lord would be with them.

Judges 4:12–14

chariots being washed away in storm

The Lord sent rain, and the Canaanites’ chariots were swept away in the water. Many Canaanites were drowned in the river, but Sisera ran away.

Judges 4:15, 17; 5:4–5, 19–22

Jael inviting Sisera into tent

A woman named Jael lived in a tent nearby. She saw Sisera running and told him to hide in her tent. Jael knew that he was a leader of the Canaanite army and killed him so that he couldn’t hurt more people.

Judges 4:15–21

Deborah watching peaceful town

Deborah’s prophecy came true. Sisera was defeated by a heroic woman. Deborah sang a song to help the Israelites remember how the Lord saved them. The Israelites kept the commandments and lived in peace for 40 years.

Judges 5:1, 24–27, 31