Barak won the fight, and while he was making the victory complete by the usual method of exterminating the remnant of the defeated host, Sisera fled away on foot, and when he was nearly exhausted by fatigue and thirst, one Jael, a woman he seems to have been acquainted with, invited him to come into her tent and rest himself.
"The Song of Deborah and Barak" praises Jael for the memorable service she had rendered, in an exultant strain:
"Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be,
"When I looked at him that night, deep in his drunken sleep, I thought of Jael and Sisera (see the book of Judges; chapter 4th; verses 17 to 21).
I read the story of Jael and Sisera so often that the Bible got to open of itself at that place.
Three nails driven into the head commemorated as many crises in Maggie's nine years of earthly struggle; that luxury of vengeance having been suggested to her by the picture of Jael
destroying Sisera in the old Bible.
``There is none,'' replied the hermit, ``from the scissors of Delilah, and the tenpenny nail of Jael
, to the scimitar of Goliath, at which I am not a match for thee But, if I am to make the election, what sayst thou, good friend, to these trinkets?''
(32.) Von Moltke writes that Jael
is preparing to strike Sisera, a suggestion that is not borne out by the pictorial composition.
"This tragedy is made worse by the fact that we have been told that Jael
was responsible for their deaths.
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