The Meaning of Judges 5:27 Explained

Judges 5:27

KJV: At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.

YLT: Between her feet he bowed -- He fell, he lay down; Between her feet he bowed, he fell; Where he bowed, there he fell -- destroyed.

Darby: He sank, he fell, he lay still at her feet; at her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell dead.

ASV: At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay; At her feet he bowed, he fell; Where he bowed, there he fell down dead.

What does Judges 5:27 Mean?

Context Summary

Judges 5:24-31 - At The Mercy Of Midian
What a contrast our reading suggests between those that love the Lord and go from strength to strength in the undimming luster and influence of their life, and the evil that once more brought the tyrant's yoke upon this neck of Israel! Yet these alternations have too often befallen us. At one moment Sisera and his hosts are chased before us as sheep before the dog; then a reaction sets in and the hand of Midian prevails against us. Why are we not always glad, strong, and victorious? Is it not because we look to our moods, we relax our close walk with God, and we set up the images of Baal in our hearts? We are then reduced to the plight described here and in Haggai 1:6. Why are there not more conversions in the Church? Why is there so little difference between the Church and the world? Why is so much of our Sunday-school teaching ineffective? Ah, the Midianite is in our midst and we acquiesce! The urgent, primal need of the present day is for the Church to realize her true condition, and cry mightily unto God for help. Note Judges 6:6 and Joel 1:14, etc. [source]

Chapter Summary: Judges 5

1  The Song of Deborah and Barak

What do the individual words in Judges 5:27 mean?

At her feet he sank he fell he lay still her feet he fell where he sank there he fell dead
בֵּ֣ין רַגְלֶ֔יהָ כָּרַ֥ע נָפַ֖ל שָׁכָ֑ב רַגְלֶ֙יהָ֙ נָפָ֔ל בַּאֲשֶׁ֣ר כָּרַ֔ע שָׁ֖ם נָפַ֥ל שָׁדֽוּד

בֵּ֣ין  At 
Parse: Preposition
Root: בַּיִן 
Sense: between, among, in the midst of (with other preps), from between.
רַגְלֶ֔יהָ  her  feet 
Parse: Noun, fdc, third person feminine singular
Root: רֶגֶל  
Sense: foot.
כָּרַ֥ע  he  sank 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Perfect, third person masculine singular
Root: כָּרַע  
Sense: to bend, kneel, bow, bow down, sink down to one’s knees, kneel down to rest (of animals), kneel in reverence.
נָפַ֖ל  he  fell 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Perfect, third person masculine singular
Root: נָפַל  
Sense: to fall, lie, be cast down, fail.
שָׁכָ֑ב  he  lay  still 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Perfect, third person masculine singular
Root: שָׁכַב  
Sense: to lie down.
רַגְלֶ֙יהָ֙  her  feet 
Parse: Noun, fdc, third person feminine singular
Root: רֶגֶל  
Sense: foot.
נָפָ֔ל  he  fell 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Perfect, third person masculine singular
Root: נָפַל  
Sense: to fall, lie, be cast down, fail.
בַּאֲשֶׁ֣ר  where 
Parse: Preposition-b, Pronoun, relative
Root: אֲשֶׁר 
Sense: (relative part.).
כָּרַ֔ע  he  sank 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Perfect, third person masculine singular
Root: כָּרַע  
Sense: to bend, kneel, bow, bow down, sink down to one’s knees, kneel down to rest (of animals), kneel in reverence.
נָפַ֥ל  he  fell 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Perfect, third person masculine singular
Root: נָפַל  
Sense: to fall, lie, be cast down, fail.
שָׁדֽוּד  dead 
Parse: Verb, Qal, QalPassParticiple, masculine singular
Root: שָׁדַד  
Sense: to deal violently with, despoil, devastate, ruin, destroy, spoil.

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