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Deborah (dĕb'o-rah), a bee. 1. The nurse of Rebekah, and her companion into Canaan. Genesis 24:59. She was buried at Bethel, under the "oak of weeping." Genesis 38:8. Nurses held an honorable place in early times in the East, where they were important members of the family. 2 Kings 11:2; 2 Chronicles 22:11. 2. A prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, who judged Israel. She dwelt under, i.e., had a tent pitched beneath, a noted tree; a palm tree it is called, and may have been at Baal-tamar, Judges 20:33, or not far distant from the tree under which the first Deborah was buried. Deborah incited Barak to deliver his people from the oppression of Jabin; at his desire accompanied him, though with a rebuke, and after the victory uttered a triumphal song of praise. Judges 4:5.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Deborah'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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