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Judges 9

And Abimelech
<040>
the son
<01121>
of Jerubbaal
<03378>
went
<03212> (8799)
to Shechem
<07927>
unto his mother's
<0517>
brethren
<0251>_,
and communed
<01696> (8762)
with them, and with all the family
<04940>
of the house
<01004>
of his mother's
<0517>
father
<01>_,
saying
<0559> (8800)_,
Speak
<01696> (8761)_,
I pray you, in the ears
<0241>
of all the men
<01167>
of Shechem
<07927>_,
Whether [is] better
<02896>
for you, either that all the sons
<01121>
of Jerubbaal
<03378>_,
[which are] threescore and ten
<07657>
persons
<0376>_,
reign
<04910> (8800)
over you, or that one
<0259>
reign
<04910> (8800)
over you? remember
<02142> (8804)
also that I [am] your bone
<06106>
and your flesh
<01320>_.
{Whether...: Heb. What is good? whether, etc}
And his mother's
<0517>
brethren
<0251>
spake
<01696> (8762)
of him in the ears
<0241>
of all the men
<01167>
of Shechem
<07927>
all these words
<01697>_:
and their hearts
<03820>
inclined
<05186> (8799)
to follow
<0310>
Abimelech
<040>_;
for they said
<0559> (8804)_,
He [is] our brother
<0251>_.
{to follow: Heb. after}
And they gave
<05414> (8799)
him threescore and ten
<07657>
[pieces] of silver
<03701>
out of the house
<01004>
of Baalberith
<01170>_,
wherewith Abimelech
<040>
hired
<07936> (8799)
vain
<07386>
and light
<06348> (8802)
persons
<0582>_,
which followed
<03212> (8799)
him
<0310>_.
And he went
<0935> (8799)
unto his father's
<01>
house
<01004>
at Ophrah
<06084>_,
and slew
<02026> (8799)
his brethren
<0251>
the sons
<01121>
of Jerubbaal
<03378>_,
[being] threescore and ten
<07657>
persons
<0376>_,
upon one
<0259>
stone
<068>_:
notwithstanding yet Jotham
<03147>
the youngest
<06996>
son
<01121>
of Jerubbaal
<03378>
was left
<03498> (8735)_;
for he hid
<02244> (8738)
himself.
And all the men
<01167>
of Shechem
<07927>
gathered together
<0622> (8735)_,
and all the house
<01004>
of Millo
<04407> (8677) <01037>_,
and went
<03212> (8799)_,
and made
<04427> (8686)
Abimelech
<040>
king
<04428>_,
by the plain
<0436>
of the pillar
<05324> (8716)
that [was] in Shechem
<07927>_.
{plain: or, oak}
And when they told
<05046> (8686)
[it] to Jotham
<03147>_,
he went
<03212> (8799)
and stood
<05975> (8799)
in the top
<07218>
of mount
<02022>
Gerizim
<01630>_,
and lifted up
<05375> (8799)
his voice
<06963>_,
and cried
<07121> (8799)_,
and said
<0559> (8799)
unto them, Hearken
<08085> (8798)
unto me, ye men
<01167>
of Shechem
<07927>_,
that God
<0430>
may hearken
<08085> (8799)
unto you.
The trees
<06086>
went forth
<01980> (8804) (8676) <01980> (8800)
[on a time] to anoint
<04886> (8800)
a king
<04428>
over them; and they said
<0559> (8799)
unto the olive tree
<02132>_,
Reign
<04427> (8798)
thou over us.
But the olive tree
<02132>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto them, Should I leave
<02308> (8804)
my fatness
<01880>_,
wherewith by me they honour
<03513> (8762)
God
<0430>
and man
<0582>_,
and go
<01980> (8804)
to be promoted
<05128> (8800)
over the trees
<06086>_?
{go...: or, go up and down for other trees}
And the trees
<06086>
said
<0559> (8799)
to the fig tree
<08384>_,
Come
<03212> (8798)
thou, [and] reign
<04427> (8798)
over us.
But the fig tree
<08384>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto them, Should I forsake
<02308> (8804)
my sweetness
<04987>_,
and my good
<02896>
fruit
<08570>_,
and go
<01980> (8804)
to be promoted
<05128> (8800)
over the trees
<06086>_?
Then said
<0559> (8799)
the trees
<06086>
unto the vine
<01612>_,
Come
<03212> (8798)
thou, [and] reign
<04427> (8798)
over us.
And the vine
<01612>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto them, Should I leave
<02308> (8804)
my wine
<08492>_,
which cheereth
<08055> (8764)
God
<0430>
and man
<0582>_,
and go
<01980> (8804)
to be promoted
<05128> (8800)
over the trees
<06086>_?
Then said
<0559> (8799)
all the trees
<06086>
unto the bramble
<0329>_,
Come
<03212> (8798)
thou, [and] reign
<04427> (8798)
over us. {bramble: or, thistle}
And the bramble
<0329>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto the trees
<06086>_,
If in truth
<0571>
ye anoint
<04886> (8802)
me king
<04428>
over you, [then] come
<0935> (8798)
[and] put your trust
<02620> (8798)
in my shadow
<06738>_:
and if not, let fire
<0784>
come out
<03318> (8799)
of the bramble
<0329>_,
and devour
<0398> (8799)
the cedars
<0730>
of Lebanon
<03844>_.
Now therefore, if ye have done
<06213> (8804)
truly
<0571>
and sincerely
<08549>_,
in that ye have made Abimelech
<040>
king
<04427> (8686)_,
and if ye have dealt
<06213> (8804)
well
<02896>
with Jerubbaal
<03378>
and his house
<01004>_,
and have done
<06213> (8804)
unto him according to the deserving
<01576>
of his hands
<03027>_;
(For my father
<01>
fought
<03898> (8738)
for you, and adventured
<07993> (8686)
his life
<05315>
far
<05048>_,
and delivered
<05337> (8686)
you out of the hand
<03027>
of Midian
<04080>_:
{adventured...: Heb. cast his life}
And ye are risen up
<06965> (8804)
against my father's
<01>
house
<01004>
this day
<03117>_,
and have slain
<02026> (8799)
his sons
<01121>_,
threescore and ten
<07657>
persons
<0376>_,
upon one
<0259>
stone
<068>_,
and have made Abimelech
<040>_,
the son
<01121>
of his maidservant
<0519>_,
king
<04427> (8686)
over the men
<01167>
of Shechem
<07927>_,
because he [is] your brother
<0251>;)
If ye then have dealt
<06213> (8804)
truly
<0571>
and sincerely
<08549>
with Jerubbaal
<03378>
and with his house
<01004>
this day
<03117>_,
[then] rejoice
<08055> (8798)
ye in Abimelech
<040>_,
and let him also rejoice
<08055> (8799)
in you:
But if not, let fire
<0784>
come out
<03318> (8799)
from Abimelech
<040>_,
and devour
<0398> (8799)
the men
<01167>
of Shechem
<07927>_,
and the house
<01004>
of Millo
<04407> (8677) <01037>_;
and let fire
<0784>
come out
<03318> (8799)
from the men
<01167>
of Shechem
<07927>_,
and from the house
<01004>
of Millo
<04407> (8676) <01037>_,
and devour
<0398> (8799)
Abimelech
<040>_.
And Jotham
<03147>
ran away
<01272> (8799)_,
and fled
<05127> (8799)_,
and went
<03212> (8799)
to Beer
<0876>_,
and dwelt
<03427> (8799)
there, for fear
<06440>
of Abimelech
<040>
his brother
<0251>_.
When Abimelech
<040>
had reigned
<07786> (8799)
three
<07969>
years
<08141>
over Israel
<03478>_,
Then God
<0430>
sent
<07971> (8799)
an evil
<07451>
spirit
<07307>
between Abimelech
<040>
and the men
<01167>
of Shechem
<07927>_;
and the men
<01167>
of Shechem
<07927>
dealt treacherously
<0898> (8799)
with Abimelech
<040>_:
That the cruelty
<02555>
[done] to the threescore and ten
<07657>
sons
<01121>
of Jerubbaal
<03378>
might come
<0935> (8800)_,
and their blood
<01818>
be laid
<07760> (8800)
upon Abimelech
<040>
their brother
<0251>_,
which slew
<02026> (8804)
them; and upon the men
<01167>
of Shechem
<07927>_,
which aided
<02388> (8765) <03027>
him in the killing
<02026> (8800)
of his brethren
<0251>_.
{aided...: Heb. strengthened his hands to kill}
And the men
<01167>
of Shechem
<07927>
set
<07760> (8799)
liers in wait
<0693> (8764)
for him in the top
<07218>
of the mountains
<02022>_,
and they robbed
<01497> (8799)
all that came
<05674> (8799)
along that way
<01870>
by them: and it was told
<05046> (8714)
Abimelech
<040>_.
And Gaal
<01603>
the son
<01121>
of Ebed
<05651>
came
<0935> (8799)
with his brethren
<0251>_,
and went over
<05674> (8799)
to Shechem
<07927>_:
and the men
<01167>
of Shechem
<07927>
put their confidence
<0982> (8799)
in him.
And they went out
<03318> (8799)
into the fields
<07704>_,
and gathered
<01219> (8799)
their vineyards
<03754>_,
and trode
<01869> (8799)
[the grapes], and made
<06213> (8799)
merry
<01974>_,
and went
<0935> (8799)
into the house
<01004>
of their god
<0430>_,
and did eat
<0398> (8799)
and drink
<08354> (8799)_,
and cursed
<07043> (8762)
Abimelech
<040>_.
{merry: or, songs}
And Gaal
<01603>
the son
<01121>
of Ebed
<05651>
said
<0559> (8799)_,
Who [is] Abimelech
<040>_,
and who [is] Shechem
<07927>_,
that we should serve
<05647> (8799)
him? [is] not [he] the son
<01121>
of Jerubbaal
<03378>_?
and Zebul
<02083>
his officer
<06496>_?
serve
<05647> (8798)
the men
<0582>
of Hamor
<02544>
the father
<01>
of Shechem
<07927>_:
for why should we serve
<05647> (8799)
him?
And would to God this people
<05971>
were under
<05414> (8799)
my hand
<03027>_!
then would I remove
<05493> (8686)
Abimelech
<040>_.
And he said
<0559> (8799)
to Abimelech
<040>_,
Increase
<07235> (8761)
thine army
<06635>_,
and come out
<03318> (8798)_.
And when Zebul
<02083>
the ruler
<08269>
of the city
<05892>
heard
<08085> (8799)
the words
<01697>
of Gaal
<01603>
the son
<01121>
of Ebed
<05651>_,
his anger
<0639>
was kindled
<02734> (8799)_.
{kindled: or, hot}
And he sent
<07971> (8799)
messengers
<04397>
unto Abimelech
<040>
privily
<08649>_,
saying
<0559> (8800)_,
Behold, Gaal
<01603>
the son
<01121>
of Ebed
<05651>
and his brethren
<0251>
be come
<0935> (8802)
to Shechem
<07927>_;
and, behold, they fortify
<06696> (8802)
the city
<05892>
against thee. {privily: Heb. craftily or, to Tormah}
Now therefore up
<06965> (8798)
by night
<03915>_,
thou and the people
<05971>
that [is] with thee, and lie in wait
<0693> (8798)
in the field
<07704>_:
And it shall be, [that] in the morning
<01242>_,
as soon as the sun
<08121>
is up
<02224> (8800)_,
thou shalt rise early
<07925> (8686)_,
and set
<06584> (8804)
upon the city
<05892>_:
and, behold, [when] he and the people
<05971>
that [is] with him come out
<03318> (8802)
against thee, then mayest thou do
<06213> (8804)
to them as thou
<03027>
shalt find occasion
<04672> (8799)_.
{as thou shalt...: Heb. as thine hand shall find}
And Abimelech
<040>
rose up
<06965> (8799)_,
and all the people
<05971>
that [were] with him, by night
<03915>_,
and they laid wait
<0693> (8799)
against Shechem
<07927>
in four
<0702>
companies
<07218>_.
And Gaal
<01603>
the son
<01121>
of Ebed
<05651>
went out
<03318> (8799)_,
and stood
<05975> (8799)
in the entering
<06607>
of the gate
<08179>
of the city
<05892>_:
and Abimelech
<040>
rose up
<06965> (8799)_,
and the people
<05971>
that [were] with him, from lying in wait
<03993>_.
And when Gaal
<01603>
saw
<07200> (8799)
the people
<05971>_,
he said
<0559> (8799)
to Zebul
<02083>_,
Behold, there come
<03381> (0)
people
<05971>
down
<03381> (8802)
from the top
<07218>
of the mountains
<02022>_.
And Zebul
<02083>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Thou seest
<07200> (8802)
the shadow
<06738>
of the mountains
<02022>
as [if they were] men
<0582>_.
And Gaal
<01603>
spake
<01696> (8763)
again
<03254> (8686)
and said
<0559> (8799)_,
See there come
<03381> (0)
people
<05971>
down
<03381> (8802)
by the middle
<02872>
of the land
<0776>_,
and another
<0259>
company
<07218>
come
<0935> (8804)
along by the plain
<0436>
of
<01870>
Meonenim
<06049> (8781)_.
{middle: Heb. navel} {Meonenim: or, the regarders of times}
Then said
<0559> (8799)
Zebul
<02083>
unto him, Where [is] now
<0645>
thy mouth
<06310>_,
wherewith thou saidst
<0559> (8799)_,
Who [is] Abimelech
<040>_,
that we should serve
<05647> (8799)
him? [is] not this the people
<05971>
that thou hast despised
<03988> (8804)_?
go out
<03318> (8798)_,
I pray now
<04994>_,
and fight
<03898> (8734)
with them.
And Gaal
<01603>
went out
<03318> (8799)
before
<06440>
the men
<01167>
of Shechem
<07927>_,
and fought
<03898> (8735)
with Abimelech
<040>_.
And Abimelech
<040>
chased
<07291> (8799)
him, and he fled
<05127> (8799)
before
<06440>
him, and many
<07227>
were overthrown
<05307> (8799)
[and] wounded
<02491>_,
[even] unto the entering
<06607>
of the gate
<08179>_.
And Abimelech
<040>
dwelt
<03427> (8799)
at Arumah
<0725>_:
and Zebul
<02083>
thrust out
<01644> (8762)
Gaal
<01603>
and his brethren
<0251>_,
that they should not dwell
<03427> (8800)
in Shechem
<07927>_.
And it came to pass on the morrow
<04283>_,
that the people
<05971>
went out
<03318> (8799)
into the field
<07704>_;
and they told
<05046> (8686)
Abimelech
<040>_.
And he took
<03947> (8799)
the people
<05971>_,
and divided
<02673> (8799)
them into three
<07969>
companies
<07218>_,
and laid wait
<0693> (8799)
in the field
<07704>_,
and looked
<07200> (8799)_,
and, behold, the people
<05971>
[were] come forth
<03318> (8802)
out of the city
<05892>_;
and he rose up
<06965> (8799)
against them, and smote
<05221> (8686)
them.
And Abimelech
<040>_,
and the company
<07218>
that [was] with him, rushed forward
<06584> (8804)_,
and stood
<05975> (8799)
in the entering
<06607>
of the gate
<08179>
of the city
<05892>_:
and the two
<08147>
[other] companies
<07218>
ran upon
<06584> (8804)
all [the people] that [were] in the fields
<07704>_,
and slew
<05221> (8686)
them.
And Abimelech
<040>
fought
<03898> (8738)
against the city
<05892>
all that day
<03117>_;
and he took
<03920> (8799)
the city
<05892>_,
and slew
<02026> (8804)
the people
<05971>
that [was] therein, and beat down
<05422> (8799)
the city
<05892>_,
and sowed
<02232> (8799)
it with salt
<04417>_.
And when all the men
<01167>
of the tower
<04026>
of Shechem
<07927>
heard
<08085> (8799)
[that], they entered
<0935> (8799)
into an hold
<06877>
of the house
<01004>
of the god
<0410>
Berith
<01286>_.
And it was told
<05046> (8714)
Abimelech
<040>_,
that all the men
<01167>
of the tower
<04026>
of Shechem
<07927>
were gathered together
<06908> (8694)_.
And Abimelech
<040>
gat him up
<05927> (8799)
to mount
<02022>
Zalmon
<06756>_,
he and all the people
<05971>
that [were] with him; and Abimelech
<040>
took
<03947> (8799)
an axe
<07134>
in his hand
<03027>_,
and cut down
<03772> (8799)
a bough
<07754>
from the trees
<06086>_,
and took
<05375> (8799)
it, and laid
<07760> (8799)
[it] on his shoulder
<07926>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)
unto the people
<05971>
that [were] with him, What ye have seen
<07200> (8804)
me do
<06213> (8804)_,
make haste
<04116> (8761)_,
[and] do
<06213> (8798)
as I
<03644>
[have done]. {me do: Heb. I have done}
And all the people
<05971>
likewise cut down
<03772> (8799)
every man
<0376>
his bough
<07754>_,
and followed
<03212> (8799) <0310>
Abimelech
<040>_,
and put
<07760> (8799)
[them] to the hold
<06877>_,
and set
<03341> (8686)
the hold
<06877>
on fire
<0784>
upon them; so that all the men
<0582>
of the tower
<04026>
of Shechem
<07927>
died
<04191> (8799)
also, about a thousand
<0505>
men
<0376>
and women
<0802>_.
Then went
<03212> (8799)
Abimelech
<040>
to Thebez
<08405>_,
and encamped
<02583> (8799)
against Thebez
<08405>_,
and took
<03920> (8799)
it.
But there was a strong
<05797>
tower
<04026>
within
<08432>
the city
<05892>_,
and thither fled
<05127> (8799)
all the men
<0582>
and women
<0802>_,
and all they
<01167>
of the city
<05892>_,
and shut
<05462> (8799)
[it] to them, and gat them up
<05927> (8799)
to the top
<01406>
of the tower
<04026>_.
And Abimelech
<040>
came
<0935> (8799)
unto the tower
<04026>_,
and fought
<03898> (8735)
against it, and went hard
<05066> (8799)
unto the door
<06607>
of the tower
<04026>
to burn
<08313> (8800)
it with fire
<0784>_.
And a certain
<0259>
woman
<0802>
cast
<07993> (8686)
a piece
<06400>
of a millstone
<07393>
upon Abimelech's
<040>
head
<07218>_,
and all to brake
<07533> (8686)
his skull
<01538>_.
Then he called
<07121> (8799)
hastily
<04120>
unto the young man
<05288>
his armourbearer
<05375> (8802) <03627>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Draw
<08025> (8798)
thy sword
<02719>_,
and slay
<04191> (8786)
me, that men say
<0559> (8799)
not of me, A woman
<0802>
slew
<02026> (8804)
him. And his young man
<05288>
thrust him through
<01856> (8799)_,
and he died
<04191> (8799)_.
And when the men
<0376>
of Israel
<03478>
saw
<07200> (8799)
that Abimelech
<040>
was dead
<04191> (8804)_,
they departed
<03212> (8799)
every man
<0376>
unto his place
<04725>_.
Thus God
<0430>
rendered
<07725> (8686)
the wickedness
<07451>
of Abimelech
<040>_,
which he did
<06213> (8804)
unto his father
<01>_,
in slaying
<02026> (8800)
his seventy
<07657>
brethren
<0251>_:
And all the evil
<07451>
of the men
<0582>
of Shechem
<07927>
did God
<0430>
render
<07725> (8689)
upon their heads
<07218>_:
and upon them came
<0935> (8799)
the curse
<07045>
of Jotham
<03147>
the son
<01121>
of Jerubbaal
<03378>_.


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