On hearing this, the citizens in the tower of Shechem went into the stronghold of the temple of El-Berith.
When all the leaders of the tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered the inner chamber of the temple of El-berith.
When the people who lived in the tower of Shechem heard what had happened, they took refuge within the walls of the temple of Baal–berith.
When the leaders connected with Shechem's Tower heard this, they went into the fortified God-of-the-Covenant temple.
Then all the townsmen of the tower of Shechem, hearing of it, went into the inner room of the house of El-berith.
When all the lords of the Tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered the stronghold of the temple of El-berith.
Now when all the men of the tower of Shechem had heard that , they entered the stronghold of the temple of the god Berith.
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1 sn Perhaps the Tower of Shechem was a nearby town, distinct from Shechem proper, or a tower within the city.
2 tn Apparently this rare word refers here to the most inaccessible area of the temple, perhaps the inner sanctuary or an underground chamber. It appears only here and in 1 Sam 13:6, where it is paired with “cisterns” and refers to subterranean or cave-like hiding places.
3 sn The name El-Berith means “God of the Covenant.” It is probably a reference to the Canaanite high god El.