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Judges 9:1-3

Abimelech Murders His Brothers

9:1 Now Abimelech son of Jerub-Baal went to Shechem to see his mother’s relatives. 1  He said to them and to his mother’s entire extended family, 2  9:2 “Tell 3  all the leaders of Shechem this: ‘Why would you want 4  to have seventy men, all Jerub-Baal’s sons, ruling over you, when you can have just one ruler? Recall that I am your own flesh and blood.’” 5  9:3 His mother’s relatives 6  spoke on his behalf to 7  all the leaders of Shechem and reported his proposal. 8  The leaders were drawn to Abimelech; 9  they said, “He is our close relative.” 10 

1 tn Heb “brothers.”

2 tn Heb “to all the extended family of the house of the father of his mother.”

3 tn Heb “Speak into the ears of.”

4 tn Heb “What good is it to you?”

5 tn Heb “your bone and your flesh.”

6 tn Heb “brothers.”

7 tn Heb “into the ears of.”

8 tn Heb “and all these words.”

9 tn Heb “Their heart was inclined after Abimelech.”

10 tn Heb “our brother.”

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