Judges 9:31

NET ©

He sent messengers to Abimelech, who was in Arumah, reporting, “Beware! Gaal son of Ebed and his brothers are coming to Shechem and inciting the city to rebel against you.

NIV ©

Under cover he sent messengers to Abimelech, saying, "Gaal son of Ebed and his brothers have come to Shechem and are stirring up the city against you.

NASB ©

He sent messengers to Abimelech deceitfully, saying, "Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed and his relatives have come to Shechem; and behold, they are stirring up the city against you.

NLT ©

He sent messengers to Abimelech in Arumah, telling him, "Gaal son of Ebed and his brothers have come to live in Shechem, and now they are inciting the city to rebel against you.

MSG ©

Secretly he sent messengers to Abimelech with the message, "Gaal son of Ebed and his relatives have come to Shechem and are stirring up trouble against you.

BBE ©

And he sent to Abimelech at Arumah, saying, See, Gaal, the son of Ebed, and his brothers have come to Shechem, and they are working up the town against you.

NRSV ©

He sent messengers to Abimelech at Arumah, saying, "Look, Gaal son of Ebed and his kinsfolk have come to Shechem, and they are stirring up the city against you.

NKJV ©

And he sent messengers to Abimelech secretly, saying, "Take note! Gaal the son of Ebed and his brothers have come to Shechem; and here they are, fortifying the city against you.

KJV
And he sent
<07971> (8799)
messengers
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unto Abimelech
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privily
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saying
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Behold, Gaal
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the son
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of Ebed
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and his brethren
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be come
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to Shechem
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and, behold, they fortify
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the city
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against thee. {privily: Heb. craftily or, to Tormah}
HEBREW
Kyle
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ryeh
<05892>
ta
<0853>
Myru
<06696>
Mnhw
<02009>
hmks
<07927>
Myab
<0935>
wyxaw
<0251>
dbe
<05651>
Nb
<01121>
leg
<01603>
hnh
<02009>
rmal
<0559>
hmrtb
<08649>
Klmyba
<040>
la
<0413>
Mykalm
<04397>
xlsyw (9:31)
<07971>
LXXM
kai
<2532>  
CONJ
apesteilen
<649>  
V-AAI-3S
aggelouv
<32>  
N-APM
prov
<4314>  
PREP
abimelec
 
N-PRI
meta
<3326>  
PREP
dwrwn
<1435>  
N-GPN
legwn
<3004>  
V-PAPNS
idou
<2400>  
INJ
gaal
 
N-PRI
uiov
<5207>  
N-NSM
abed
 
N-PRI
kai
<2532>  
CONJ
oi
<3588>  
T-NPM
adelfoi
<80>  
N-NPM
autou
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D-GSM
paragegonasin
<3854>  
V-RAI-3P
eiv
<1519>  
PREP
sikima
 
N-PRI
kai
<2532>  
CONJ
oide
<3592>  
D-NPM
poliorkousin
 
V-PAI-3P
thn
<3588>  
T-ASF
polin
<4172>  
N-ASF
epi
<1909>  
PREP
se
<4771>  
P-AS
NET © [draft] ITL
He sent
<07971>
messengers
<04397>
to
<0413>
Abimelech
<040>
, who was in Arumah
<08649>
, reporting
<0559>
, “Beware
<02009>
! Gaal
<01603>
son
<01121>
of Ebed
<05651>
and his brothers
<0251>
are coming
<0935>
to Shechem
<07927>
and inciting
<06696>
the city
<05892>
to rebel against
<05921>
you.
NET © Notes

tn The form בְּתָרְמָה (bÿtarmah) in the Hebrew text, which occurs only here, has traditionally been understood to mean “secretly” or “with deception.” If this is correct, it is derived from II רָמָה (ramah, “to deceive”). Some interpreters object, pointing out that this would imply Zebul was trying to deceive Abimelech, which is clearly not the case in this context. But this objection is unwarranted. If retained, the phrase would refer instead to deceptive measures used by Zebul to avoid the suspicion of Gaal when he dispatched the messengers from Shechem. The present translation assumes an emendation to “in Arumah” (בָּארוּמָה, barumah), a site mentioned in v. 41 as the headquarters of Abimelech. Confusion of alef and tav in archaic Hebrew script, while uncommon, is certainly not unimaginable.

tn Heb “Look!”

tn The participle, as used here, suggests Gaal and his brothers are in the process of arriving, but the preceding verses imply they have already settled in. Perhaps Zebul uses understatement to avoid the appearance of negligence on his part. After all, if he made the situation sound too bad, Abimelech, when he was informed, might ask why he had allowed this rebellion to reach such a stage.

tn The words “to rebel” are interpretive. The precise meaning of the Hebrew verb צוּר (tsur) is unclear here. It is best to take it in the sense of “to instigate; to incite; to provoke” (see Deut 2:9, 19 and R. G. Boling, Judges [AB], 178).