Deborah (Hebrew: דְּבוֹרָה) was a prophet and judge of Israel and the wife of Lapidoth.
The Israelite strayed from God's path, so God had the Canaanite king Jabin oppress the Israelites as punishment.
Deborah was a judge for the Israelites and heard and settled disputes while seated beneath a palm tree between Ramah and Bethel.
One day, God commanded Deborah to gather an army and march to Mount Tabor, where God will draw out Jabin's commander Sisera and deliver him to the Israelites. Deborah summoned Barak, son of Abinoam, and relayed God's instructions and promises to him. However, he sought to have the prophet accompany the army. Deborah assured Barak that she will accompany the army, but informed Barak that Sisera would be defeated by the efforts of a woman instead of Barak's efforts.
Barak gathered the army, and Deborah, Barak, and the army set off for Mount Tabor. Sisera learned about the approaching Israelite army and gathered his army in turn. The armies met at Mount Tabor, and God and the Israelites defeated Sisera, routing them. Barak then pursued and slaughtered them.
Sisera, however, escaped. He fled to the tent of Heber's wife Jael. There was peace between Jabin and Heber the Kenite, so Sisera assumed that he would be safe there. Jael pretended to aid Sisera, and when Sisera fell asleep, she took a tent peg and drove it through Sisera's head, killing head.
Barak arrived in pursue of Sisera, and Jael directed him to Sisera's corpse. Sisera was killed by a woman, just as God told Deborah. Deborath and Barak then sang in praise of God, His miracles, the history of their people, the soldiers, and Jael.
Sisera's defeat was a major blow to Jabin, and the Israelites were ultimately able to defeat him utterly.