discerner; the wise. (1.) A king of Hazor, at the time of the entrance of Israel into Canaan (Josh. 11:1-14), whose overthrow and that of the northern chief with whom he had entered into a confederacy against Joshua was the crowning act in the conquest of the land (11:21-23; comp. 14:6-15). This great battle, fought at Lake Merom, was the last of Joshua's battles of which we have any record. Here for the first time the Israelites encountered the iron chariots and horses of the Canaanites. (2.) Another king of Hazor, called "the king of Canaan," who overpowered the Israelites of the north one hundred and sixty years after Joshua's death, and for twenty years held them in painful subjection. The whole population were paralyzed with fear, and gave way to hopeless despondency (Judg. 5:6-11), till Deborah and Barak aroused the national spirit, and gathering together ten thousand men, gained a great and decisive victory over Jabin in the plain of Esdraelon (Judg. 4:10-16; comp. Ps. 83:9). This was the first great victory Israel had gained since the days of Joshua. They never needed to fight another battle with the Canaanites (Judg. 5:31).
The two mixtures were stirred with a peeled wand of jabin till they formed a thick paste known as sopas.
This is really the beginning of a worse oppression than that of Midian or of jabin.
These warriors concentrated themselves at Hazor, where jabin, the local king, ruled over several districts.
True: (between jabin,—not between Sisera, by the way:) without this, the whole incident would not have happened.
Many years afterwards, a still more dreadful weapon, the iron chariot, was used against the Israelites by jabin.
For twenty weary years, had Jael and her family shared the hardships of that sacred line which jabin had "mightily oppressed."
The central part of this altar was covered by an arch of "jabin" branches with the leaves still attached.
What if a company of jabin's host should come up to the tent-door, the instant she had done the deed, and inquire after Sisera?
Who grew daily stronger, and with a mighty hand overpowered jabin, king of Chanaan, till they quite destroyed him.
Hence there was no alternative to war when jabin or Zebah and Zalmunna attacked the tribes.