JLB has suggested the following. Further thoughts on Judges 5 very welcome.
A. 6 In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.
B. 7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel,until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.
C. 8 They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?
D: 9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the LORD.
A’. 10 Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.
B’. 11 They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord, even the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel:
C’. then shall the people of the Lord go down to the gates.
A. 14 Out of Ephraim was there a root of them against Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer. 15 And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley.
B. For the divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts (H2711) of heart.
C. 16 Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks?
B’. For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings (H2714) of heart. 17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches.
A’. 18 Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.