Jael (Jay´uhl; Heb., “mountain goat”)

The wife of Heber the Kenite, who is celebrated in the Song of Deborah (Judg 5) and in the narrative of (Judg 4) for her part in the victory of the Israelite militia over a superior Canaanite army during the period of the judges. The Canaanite general Sisera sought refuge among the Kenites when he fled following the defeat of his forces. Jael offered him refreshment and then, while he rested, killed him with a tent peg.

Judg 5

The Song of Deborah
1Then Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying:2“When locks are long in Israel,
when the people offer themselves willingly— ... View more

Judg 4

Deborah and Barak
1The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, after Ehud died.2So the Lord sold them into the hand of King Jabin of Canaan ... View more

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