Abimelech made king
9:1 And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother's brethren, and communed with them, and with all the
family of the house of his mother's father, saying,
9:2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of
Shechem, Whether [is] better for you, either that all the sons of
Jerubbaal, [which are] sixty and ten persons, reign over
you, or that one reign over you? remember also that I [am] your
bone and your flesh.
9:3 And his mother's brethren spake of him in the ears of
all the men of Shechem all these words and their hearts inclined
to follow Abimelech ; for they said, He [is] our brother.
9:4 And they gave him sixty and ten [pieces] of silver
out of the house of Baalberith, by which Abimelech hired vain
and light persons, which followed him.
9:5 And he went to his father's house at Ophrah, and slew
his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, [being] sixty and ten
persons, upon one stone notwithstanding yet Jotham the youngest
son of Jerubbaal was left ; for he hid himself.
9:6 And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all
the house of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king, by the
plain of the pillar that [was] in Shechem.
9:7 And when they told [it] to Jotham, he went and stood in
the top of mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and
said to them, Hearken to me, ya'll men of Shechem, that God may
listen to you.
9:8 The trees went forth [on a time] to anoint a king over
them; and they said to the olive tree, Reign you over us.
9:9 But the olive tree said to them, Should I leave my
fatness, by which by me they honour God and man, and go to be
promoted over the trees ?
9:10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come you, [and]
reign over us.
9:11 But the fig tree said to them, Should I forsake my
sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the
9:12 Then said the trees to the vine, Come you, [and]
reign over us.
9:13 And the vine said to them, Should I leave my wine,
which cheers God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees
9:14 Then said all the trees to the bramble, Come you,
[and] reign over us.
9:15 And the bramble said to the trees, If in truth ya'll
anoint me king over you, [then] come [and] put your trust in my
shadow and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour
the cedars of Lebanon.
9:16 Now therefore, if ya'll have done truly and sincerely, in
that ya'll have made Abimelech king, and if ya'll have dealt well with
Jerubbaal and his house, and have done to him according to the
deserving of his hands ;
9:17(For my father fought for you, and adventured his life
far, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian
9:18 And ya'll are risen up against my father's house this day,
and have slain his sons, sixty and ten persons, upon one
stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king
over the men of Shechem, because he [is] your brother ;)
9:19 If ya'll then have dealt truly and sincerely with
Jerubbaal and with his house this day, [then] rejoice ya'll in
Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you
9:20 But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and
devour the men of Shechem, and the house of Millo ; and let fire
come out from the men of Shechem, and from the house of Millo,
and devour Abimelech.
9:21 And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and
dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.
9:22 When Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel,
God sends an evil spirit
9:23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the
men of Shechem ; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with
9:24 That the cruelty [done] to the sixty and ten sons
of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood be laid upon Abimelech
their brother, which slew them; and upon the men of Shechem,
which aided him in the killing of his brethren.
9:25 And the men of Shechem set liers in wait for him in the
top of the mountains, and they robbed all that came along that
way by them and it was told Abimelech.
9:26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came with his brethren, and
went over to Shechem and the men of Shechem put their confidence
9:27 And they went out into the fields, and gathered their
vineyards, and trode [the grapes], and made merry, and went into
the house of their god, and did eat and drink, and cursed
9:28 And Gaal the son of Ebed said, Who [is] Abimelech, and
who [is] Shechem, that we should serve him? [is] not [he] the son
of Jerubbaal ? and Zebul his officer ? serve the men of Hamor the
father of Shechem for why should we serve him?
9:29 And would to God this people were under my hand! then
would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase
your army, and come out.
9:30 And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard
the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger was kindled.
9:31 And he sent messengers to Abimelech
privily, saying, Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed and his brethren be
come to Shechem ; and, behold, they fortify the city against
9:32 Now therefore up by night, you and the people that
[is] with ya'll , and lie in wait in the field
9:33 And it shall be, [that] in the morning, as soon as the
sun is up, you will rise early, and set upon the city and,
behold, [when] he and the people that [is] with him come out
against ya'll , then may you do to them as you will find
9:34 And Abimelech rose up, and all the people that [were]
with him, by night, and they laid wait against Shechem in four
9:35 And Gaal the son of Ebed went out, and
stood in the entering of the gate of the city and Abimelech rose
up, and the people that [were] with him, from lying in wait.
9:36 And when Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul, Behold,
there come people down from the top of the mountains. And Zebul
said to him, You seeing the shadow of the mountains as [if they
9:37 And Gaal spake again and said, See there come people
down by the middle of the land, and another company come along by
the plain of Meonenim.
9:38 Then said Zebul to him, Where [is] now your mouth,
by which you said, Who [is] Abimelech, that we should serve
him? [is] not this the people that you have despised ? go out, I
pray now, and fight with them.
9:39 And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought
9:40 And Abimelech chased him, and he fled before him, and
many were overthrown [and] wounded, [even] to the entering of
9:41 And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah and Zebul thrust out Gaal
and his brethren, that they should not stay in Shechem.
9:42 And it came to pass the next day, that the people went
out into the field ; and they told Abimelech.
9:43 And he took the people, and divided them into three
companies, and laid wait in the field, and looked, and, behold,
the people [were] come forth out of the city ; and he rose up
against them, and struck them.
9:44 And Abimelech, and the company that [was] with him,
rushed forward, and stood in the entering of the gate of the city
and the two [other] companies ran upon all [the people] that
[were] in the fields, and slew them.
9:45 And Abimelech fought against the city all that day ;
and he took the city, and slew the people that [was] therein, and
beat down the city, and sowed it with salt.
9:46 And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard
[that], they entered into an hold of the house of the god Berith.
9:47 And it was told Abimelech, that all the men of the
tower of Shechem were gathered together.
9:48 And Abimelech gat him up to mount Zalmon, he and all
the people that [were] with him; and Abimelech took an axe in his
hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it, and laid
[it] on his shoulder, and said to the people that [were] with
him, What ya'll have seen me do, make haste, [and] do as I [have
9:49 And all the people likewise cut down every man his
bough, and followed Abimelech, and put [them] to the hold, and
set the hold on fire upon them; so that all the men of the tower
of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women.
9:50 Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped against
Thebez, and took it.
9:51 But there was a strong tower within the city, and
there fled all the men and women, and all they of the city, and
shut [it] to them, and gat them up to the top of the tower.
9:52 And Abimelech came to the tower, and fought against
it, and went hard to the door of the tower to burn it with
9:53 And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon
Abimelech's head, and all to brake his skull.
9:54 Then he called hastily to the young man his
armourbearer, and said to him, Draw your sword, and slay me,
that men say not of me, A woman slew him. And his young man
thrust him through, and he died.
9:55 And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead,
they departed every man to his place.
9:56 This God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he
did to his father, in slaying his seventy brethren
9:57 And all the evil of the men of Shechem did God render
upon their heads and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son
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