Debbora and Jael.
God delivered Sisera into the hand of a woman, Jael by name, who by divine inspiration—in order to save her people—smote him with a hammer and drove the nail into his head.
"In that day Debbora and Barac son of Abinoem sang, and said : O you of Israel, that have willingly offered your lives to danger, bless ye the Lord . . . the valiant men ceased and rested in Israel, until Debbora arose, until there arose a mother in Israel." . . . My heart loveth the princes of Israel; O you that of your own good will offered yourselves to danger, bless ye the Lord. . . . Arise, arise, O Debbora, arise, arise and utter a canticle. Arise, Barac and take hold of thy captives, O son of Abinoem. The remnants of the people are saved, the Lord hath fought amongst the valiant ones . . . war from heaven was made against them, the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. Blessed amongst women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Cimite. Blessed may she be in her tent. ... So let Thine enemies perish, O Lord, and let them that love Thee shine, as the sun shineth in his rising."
A writer of a Homily to be found amongst the works of St. John Chrysostom comments as follows :
"And even now there is not wanting to God a Debbora, there is not wanting to God a Jael. For if some chance woman obtained a victory, how much more does not the Mother of Christ confound the enemies of the truth? . . . What I have said just now I repeat : Let us beseech Mary, the Holy Glorious Virgin and Mother of God."