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The New American Standard Bible
   Book of Judges
Chapter 9  - Click for Chapter Audio
Study Resource List
ACC -> Commentary on 9:46
BCC -> Commentary on 9:46
GEB -> Study Notes on 9:46
GSB -> Study Notes on 9:46
JFB -> Commentary on 9:46
MHC-COM -> Commentary on 9:46
MHC-CON -> Commentary on 9:46
TSK -> Entry for 9:46
WEN -> Notes on 9:46
NTB -> Baal-Berith; Judge; Tower
TTT -> Idolatry; Towers
ATS -> City; Jotham; Shechem
BED -> God, Names of
EBD -> City; Gaal; Millo; Towers
HBD -> Abimelech; Castle; El-Berith; Hold; Judges, Book Of; Names Of God
SBD -> Berith

Judges 9:22-49 [ Verse 46 in Original: Hebrew / Greek ]
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22 Now Abimelech ruled over Israel three years. 23 Then R206 God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt R207 treacherously with Abimelech, 24 so R208 that the violence done F155 to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their R209 blood might be laid on Abimelech their brother, who killed them, and on the men of Shechem, who strengthened his hands to kill his brothers. 25 The men of Shechem set men F156 in ambush against him on the tops of the mountains, and they robbed all who might pass by them along the road; and it was told to Abimelech. 26 Now Gaal the son of Ebed came with his relatives, F157 and crossed over into Shechem; and the men of Shechem put their trust in him. 27 They went out into the field and gathered the grapes of their vineyards and trod them, and held a festival; F158 and they went into the house of their R210 god, and ate and drank and cursed Abimelech. 28 Then Gaal the son of Ebed said, "Who is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we should serve him? Is he not the son of Jerubbaal, and is Zebul not his lieutenant? F159 Serve the men of Hamor R211 the father of Shechem; but why should we serve him? 29 "Would, R212 F160 therefore, that this people were under my authority! Then I would remove Abimelech." And he said to Abimelech, "Increase your army and come out." 30 When Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger burned. 31 He sent messengers to Abimelech deceitfully, F161 saying, "Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed and his relatives F162 have come to Shechem; and behold, they are stirring F163 up the city against you. 32 "Now therefore, arise by night, you and the people who are with you, and lie in wait in the field. 33 "In the morning, as soon as the sun is up, you shall rise early and rush upon the city; and behold, when he and the people who are with him come out against you, you shall do R213 to them whatever F164 you can." 34 So Abimelech and all the people who were with him arose by night and lay in wait against Shechem in four companies. F165 35 Now Gaal the son of Ebed went out and stood in the entrance of the city gate; and Abimelech and the people who were with him arose from the ambush. 36 When Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul, "Look, F166 people are coming down from the tops of the mountains." But Zebul said to him, "You are seeing the shadow of the mountains as if they were men." 37 Gaal spoke again and said, "Behold, people are coming down from the R214 highest F167 part of the land, and one company F168 comes by the way of the F169 diviners' oak." F170 38 Then Zebul said to him, "Where is your boasting F171 now with which you said, `Who is Abimelech that we should serve him?' Is this not the people whom you despised? Go out now and fight with them!" 39 So Gaal went out before the leaders of Shechem and fought with Abimelech. 40 Abimelech chased him, and he fled before him; and many fell wounded up to the entrance of the gate. 41 Then Abimelech remained at Arumah, but Zebul drove out Gaal and his relatives F172 so that they could not remain in Shechem. 42 Now it came about the next day, that the people went out to the field, and it was told to Abimelech. 43 So he took his F173 people and divided them into three companies, F174 and lay in wait in the field; when he looked and saw F175 the people coming out from the city, he arose against them and slew F176 them. 44 Then Abimelech and the company F177 who was with him dashed forward and stood in the entrance of the city gate; the other two companies F178 then dashed against all who were in the field and slew F179 them. 45 Abimelech fought against the city all that day, and he captured the city and killed the people who were in it; then he razed R215 the city and sowed it with salt. 46 When all the leaders of the tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered the inner chamber of the temple F180 of El-berith. R216 47 It was told Abimelech that all the leaders of the tower of Shechem were gathered together. 48 So Abimelech went up to Mount Zalmon, R217 he and all the people who were with him; and Abimelech took an F181 axe in his hand and cut down a branch from the trees, and lifted it and laid it on his shoulder. Then he said to the people who were with him, "What you have seen me do, hurry and do likewise." F182 49 All the people also cut down each one his branch and followed Abimelech, and put them on the inner chamber and set the inner chamber on fire over those inside, so that all the men of the tower of Shechem also died, about a thousand men and women.

F155 Lit of the seventy
F156 Lit liers-in-wait for
F157 Lit brothers
F158 Lit rejoicing
F159 Lit overseer
F160 Lit And who will give this people into my hand
F161 Or in Tormah
F162 Lit brothers
F163 Lit besieging
F164 Lit as your hand can find
F165 Lit heads
F166 Lit Behold
F167 Or center
F168 Lit head
F169 Heb Elommeonenim
F170 Or terebinth
F171 Lit mouth
F172 Lit brothers
F173 Lit the
F174 Lit heads
F175 Lit behold
F176 Lit smote
F177 Singular with Gr; Heb plural, heads
F178 Lit heads
F179 Lit smote
F180 Lit house
F181 Lit the axes
F182 Lit like me


R206 1 Samuel 16:14; Isaiah 19:2,14
R207 Isaiah 33:1
R208 Deuteronomy 27:25; Judges 9:56,57
R209 Numbers 35:33
R210 Judges 8:33; 9:46
R211 Genesis 34:2
R212 2 Samuel 15:4
R213 1 Samuel 10:7
R214 Ezekiel 38:12
R215 2 Kings 3:25
R216 Judges 8:33
R217 Psalms 68:14


Abbreviations Legend:

ACC - Adam Clark Commentary; BCC - Burton Coffman; GEB - Gill's Exposition; GSB - Geneva Study Bible; JFB - Jamieson, Fausset, Brown; MHC-COM - Matthew Henry Complete; MHC-CON - Matthew Henry Concise; TSK - Treasury of Scripture Knowledge; WEN - Wesley's Explanatory Notes; NTB - Nave's Topical Bible; TSK - Treasury of Scripture Knowledge; TTT - Torrey's Topical Textbook; ATS - ATS Bible Dictionary; BED - Baker's Evangelical Dictionary; EBD - Easton's Bible Dictionary; HBD - Holman Bible Dictionary; SBD - Smith's Bible Dictionary;

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