1. Exposition

How does this verse mark the beginning of the third and final part of the song?

Judges 5:23 (ESV)

23 “Curse Meroz, says the angel of the LORD, curse its inhabitants thoroughly, because they did not come to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.

Deborah’s thought progresses from speaking of how the battle ended to what happened after the battle. She utters curses and blessings according to how the people acted with respect to their defeated enemy.1