14 Any uncircumcised male who has not been circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin will be cut off from his people—he has failed to carry out my requirement.” 15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for your wife, you must no longer call her Sarai; Sarah will be her name. 16 I will bless her and will give you a son through her. I will bless her and she will become a mother of nations. Kings of countries will come from her!” 17 Then Abraham bowed down with his face to the ground and laughed as he said to himself, “Can a son be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” 18 Abraham said to God, “O that Ishmael might live before you!”
22 “The horses’ hooves pounded the ground; the stallions galloped madly. 23 ‘Call judgment down on Meroz,’ says the angel of the Lord; ‘Be sure to call judgment down on those who live there, because they did not come to help in the Lord’s battle, to help in the Lord’s battle against the warriors.’ 24 The most rewarded of women should be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite! She should be the most rewarded of women who live in tents. 25 He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for a king, she served him curds. 26 Her left hand reached for the tent peg, her right hand for the workmen’s hammer. She ‘hammered’ Sisera, she shattered his skull, she smashed his head, she drove the tent peg through his temple.
Notes and References
"... 54 There are very few blessings spoken to women and preserved in the Scriptures. In Gen. 17:16 God speaks to Abraham of blessing Sarah, but the text does not record divine words of blessing spoken to Sarah. Deborah blesses Jael in Judg. 5:24. Boaz blesses Ruth, and the women of their community bless Naomi in Ruth 3:10 and 4:14. In Tob. 11:17, Tobit blesses his new daughter-in-law Sarah. Judith is thrice blessed: First in Jdt. 13:18–20 she is blessed by her town elder, Uzziah. Then in 15:9–10 the high priest and Israelite elders in Jerusalem bless her. Last, the women of Israel bless Judith in the next verse, but their words of blessing are not preserved in the text. Elizabeth reprises Deborah’s blessing of Jael and Uzziah’s blessing of Judith when she blesses her pregnant virgin cousin, Mary, in Luke 1:42 ..."
Gafney, Wilda Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne (p. 47) Westminster John Knox Press, 2017
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