She was the only female judge in Jewish history, as well as a prophet. She sat under a palm tree in the hill country of Ephraim, where Israelites came to seek her counsel to resolve their disputes. Israel had fallen under the control of the Canaanite King Jabin, and she was led by God to take military action to release her people from oppressive rule. She summoned Barak, an Israelite general to raise up an army of 10,000 to defeat the mighty Canaanite army, led by Sisera. Barak was reluctant to go, but he accepted the assignment to go only if she accompanied him into battle. She agreed, telling Barak the message from the Lord that Israel would be victorious, and that Sisera, the Canaanite army general, would be destroyed at the hand of a woman, who was later revealed as Jael. Indeed, the prophesy came true. Deborah's wisdom, courage, and obedience to God brought about victory for the Jewish people, as well as 40 years of peace. (Judges 4-5).
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