Judges 5:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 5:27, NIV: At her feet he sank, he fell; there he lay. At her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell--dead.

Judges 5:27, ESV: Between her feet he sank, he fell, he lay still; between her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell—dead.

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.

Judges 5:27, NASB: Between her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay; Between her feet he bowed, he fell; Where he bowed, there he fell dead.

Judges 5:27, NLT: He sank, he fell, he lay still at her feet. And where he sank, there he died.

Judges 5:27, CSB: He collapsed, he fell, he lay down between her feet; he collapsed, he fell between her feet; where he collapsed, there he fell--dead.

What does Judges 5:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse may be the most obviously lyrical in the chapter. This segment repeats key phrases in a rhythmic order. This pattern is something Bible scholars call "staircase parallelism." Deborah's song (Judges 5:1) is using poetry to capture the moment following the death of Israel's cruel oppressor Sisera.

Separating the phrases in this poem clarifies the rhythm of the words:

"Between [Jael's] feet

[Sisera] sank,

He fell,

He lay still;

Between her feet

He sank,

He fell;

Where he sank,

There he fell

—Dead"

This stylized repetition drives home the point. This is both a terror to God's enemies and a joy to the people of Israel: the one who cruelly and ruthlessly mistreated us is truly dead. It's not a rumor. You didn't mishear the story. He is not coming back. The nightmare is over. Sisera is dead and killed by a woman!