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[jey-uh l] /ˈdʒeɪ əl/
a woman who killed Sisera by hammering a tent pin into his head as he slept. Judges 4:17–22. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Jael came breathless out of the mill-house, and shrinkingly approached the margin.

  • Has he forgotten the deed of Jael, who slew the dreaded enemy of her country?

  • It is the "schismatic" within the camp on whom some Jael falls with a hammer and a nail.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • While he was sawing off a piece of the plank, Jael stood and eyed him silently a while.

  • Little himself was vexed, but he determined to put a good face on it, and to be very kind to his good friend Jael.

  • This same morning Jael Dence was to go to Cairnhope, at her own request.

  • If so, here was another blow in store for poor Jael, and she weakened by a long illness.

  • "That is something," said Jael, in a low voice; and her hands trembled at her side.

  • Perhaps their Jael boiled their bread-and-milk at her own time, whether they were ready for it or not.

    Mary's Meadow Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • "She prefers to stay at home and chat with Jael," said Henry.

British Dictionary definitions for Jael


(Old Testament) the woman who killed Sisera when he took refuge in her tent (Judges 4:17–21)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Jael in the Bible

mountain-goat, the wife of Heber the Kenite (Judg. 4:17-22). When the Canaanites were defeated by Barak, Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, fled and sought refuge with the friendly tribe of Heber, beneath the oaks of Zaanaim. As he drew near, Jael invited him to enter her tent. He did so, and as he lay wearied on the floor he fell into a deep sleep. She then took in her left hand one of the great wooden pins ("nail") which fastened down the cords of the tent, and in her right hand the mallet, or "hammer," used for driving it into the ground, and stealthily approaching her sleeping guest, with one well-directed blow drove the nail through his temples into the earth (Judg. 5:27). She then led Barak, who was in pursuit, into her tent, and boastfully showed him what she had done. (See SISERA ØT0003452; DEBORAH.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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