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Judges 9
Holman Christian Standard Bible

Abimelech Becomes King

9Abimelech son of Jerubbaal went to his mother's brothers at Shechem and spoke to them and to all his maternal grandfather's clan, saying,H40H1121H3378H3212H7927H517H251H1696H4940H1004H517H1H559 2"Please speak in the presence of all the lords of Shechem, 'Is it better for you that 70 men, all the sons of Jerubbaal, rule over you or that one man rule over you?' Remember that I am your own flesh and blood."H1696H241H1167H7927H2896H1121H3378H7657H376H4910H259H4910H2142H6106H1320 3His mother's relatives spoke all these words about him in the presence of all the lords of Shechem, and they were favorable to Abimelech, for they said, "He is our brother."H517H251H1696H241H1167H7927H1697H3820H5186H310H40H559H251 4So they gave him 70 pieces of silver from the temple of Baal-berith. Abimelech hired worthless and reckless men with this money, and they followed him.H5414H7657H3701H1004H1170H40H7936H7386H6348H582H3212H310 5He went to his father's house in Ophrah and killed his 70 brothers, the sons of Jerubbaal, on top of a large stone. But Jotham, the youngest son of Jerubbaal, survived, because he hid himself.H935H1H1004H6084H2026H251H1121H3378H7657H376H259H68H3147H6996H1121H3378H3498H2244 6Then all the lords of Shechem and of Beth-millo gathered together and proceeded to make Abimelech king at the oak of the pillar in Shechem.H1167H7927H622H1004H4407H1037H3212H4427H40H4428H436H5324H7927

Jotham’s Parable

7When they told Jotham, he climbed to the top of Mount Gerizim, raised his voice, and called to them: Listen to me, lords of Shechem, and may God listen to you:H5046H3147H3212H5975H7218H2022H1630H5375H6963H7121H559H8085H1167H7927H430H8085 8The trees set out to anoint a king over themselves. They said to the olive tree, "Reign over us."H6086H1980H1980H4886H4428H559H2132H4427 9But the olive tree said to them, "Should I stop giving my oil that honors both God and man, and rule over the trees?"H2132H559H2308H1880H3513H430H582H1980H5128H6086 10Then the trees said to the fig tree, "Come and reign over us."H6086H559H8384H3212H4427 11But the fig tree said to them, "Should I stop giving my sweetness and my good fruit, and rule over trees?"H8384H559H2308H4987H2896H8570H1980H5128H6086 12Later, the trees said to the grapevine, "Come and reign over us."H559H6086H1612H3212H4427 13But the grapevine said to them, "Should I stop giving my wine that cheers both God and man, and rule over trees?"H1612H559H2308H8492H8055H430H582H1980H5128H6086 14Finally, all the trees said to the bramble, "Come and reign over us."H559H6086H329H3212H4427 15The bramble said to the trees, "If you really are anointing me as king over you, come and find refuge in my shade. But if not, may fire come out from the bramble and consume the cedars of Lebanon."H329H559H6086H571H4886H4428H935H2620H6738H784H3318H329H398H730H3844 16"Now if you have acted faithfully and honestly in making Abimelech king, if you have done well by Jerubbaal and his family, and if you have rewarded him appropriately for what he did—H6213H571H8549H40H4427H6213H2896H3378H1004H6213H1576H3027 17for my father fought for you, risked his life, and delivered you from the hand of Midian,H1H3898H7993H5315H5048H5337H3027H4080 18and now you have attacked my father's house today, killed his 70 sons on top of a large stone, and made Abimelech, the son of his slave, king over the lords of Shechem 'because he is your brother'—H6965H1H1004H3117H2026H1121H7657H376H259H68H40H1121H519H4427H1167H7927H251 19if then, you have acted faithfully and honestly with Jerubbaal and his house this day, rejoice in Abimelech and may he also rejoice in you.H6213H571H8549H3378H1004H3117H8055H40H8055 20But if not, may fire come from Abimelech and consume the lords of Shechem and Beth-millo, and may fire come from the lords of Shechem and Beth-millo and consume Abimelech."H784H3318H40H398H1167H7927H1004H4407H1037H784H3318H1167H7927H1004H4407H1037H398H40 21Then Jotham fled, escaping to Beer, and lived there because of his brother Abimelech.H3147H1272H5127H3212H876H3427H6440H40H251

Abimelech’s Punishment

22When Abimelech had ruled over Israel three years,H40H7786H7969H8141H3478 23God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the lords of Shechem. They treated Abimelech deceitfully,H430H7971H7451H7307H40H1167H7927H1167H7927H898H40 24so that the crime against the 70 sons of Jerubbaal might come to justice and their blood would be avenged on their brother Abimelech, who killed them, and on the lords of Shechem, who had helped him kill his brothers.H2555H7657H1121H3378H935H1818H7760H40H251H2026H1167H7927H2388H3027H2026H251 25The lords of Shechem rebelled against him by putting people on the tops of the mountains to ambush and rob everyone who passed by them on the road. So this was reported to Abimelech.H1167H7927H7760H693H7218H2022H1497H5674H1870H5046H40 26Gaal son of Ebed came with his brothers and crossed into Shechem, and the lords of Shechem trusted him.H1603H1121H5651H935H251H5674H7927H1167H7927H982 27So they went out to the countryside and harvested grapes from their vineyards. They trod the grapes and held a celebration. Then they went to the house of their god, and as they ate and drank, they cursed Abimelech.H3318H7704H1219H3754H1869H6213H1974H935H1004H430H398H8354H7043H40 28Gaal son of Ebed said, "Who is Abimelech and who is Shechem that we should serve him? Isn't he the son of Jerubbaal, and isn't Zebul his officer? You are to serve the men of Hamor, the father of Shechem. Why should we serve Abimelech?H1603H1121H5651H559H40H7927H5647H1121H3378H2083H6496H5647H582H2544H1H7927H5647 29If only these people were in my power, I would remove Abimelech." So he said to Abimelech, "Gather your army and come out."H5971H5414H3027H5493H40H559H40H7235H6635H3318 30When Zebul, the ruler of the city, heard the words of Gaal son of Ebed, he was angry.H2083H8269H5892H8085H1697H1603H1121H5651H639H2734 31So he sent messengers secretly to Abimelech, saying, "Look, Gaal son of Ebed, with his brothers, have come to Shechem and are turning the city against you.H7971H4397H40H8649H559H1603H1121H5651H251H935H7927H6696H5892 32Now tonight, you and the people with you are to come wait in ambush in the countryside.H6965H3915H5971H693H7704 33Then get up early and at sunrise, charge the city. When he and the people who are with him come out against you, do to him whatever you can."H1242H8121H2224H7925H6584H5892H5971H3318H6213H3027H4672 34So Abimelech and all the people with him got up at night and waited in ambush for Shechem in four units.H40H6965H5971H3915H693H7927H702H7218 35Gaal son of Ebed went out and stood at the entrance of the city gate. Then Abimelech and the people who were with him got up from their ambush.H1603H1121H5651H3318H5975H6607H8179H5892H40H6965H5971H3993 36When Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul, "Look, people are coming down from the mountaintops!" But Zebul said to him, "The shadows of the mountains look like men to you."H1603H7200H5971H559H2083H3381H5971H3381H7218H2022H2083H559H7200H6738H2022H582 37Then Gaal spoke again: "Look, people are coming down from the central part of the land, and one unit is coming from the direction of the Diviners' Oak."H1603H1696H3254H559H3381H5971H3381H2872H776H259H7218H935H436H1870H6049 38Zebul replied, "Where is your mouthing off now? You said, 'Who is Abimelech that we should serve him?' Aren't these the people you despised? Now go and fight them!"H559H2083H645H6310H559H40H5647H5971H3988H3318H4994H3898 39So Gaal went out leading the lords of Shechem and fought against Abimelech,H1603H3318H6440H1167H7927H3898H40 40but Abimelech pursued him, and Gaal fled before him. Many wounded died as far as the entrance of the gate.H40H7291H5127H6440H7227H5307H2491H6607H8179 41Abimelech stayed in Arumah, and Zebul drove Gaal and his brothers from Shechem.H40H3427H725H2083H1644H1603H251H3427H7927 42The next day when the people went into the countryside, this was reported to Abimelech.H4283H5971H3318H7704H5046H40 43He took the people, divided them into three companies, and waited in ambush in the countryside. He looked, and the people were coming out of the city, so he arose against them and struck them down.H3947H5971H2673H7969H7218H693H7704H7200H5971H3318H5892H6965H5221 44Then Abimelech and the units that were with him rushed forward and took their stand at the entrance of the city gate. The other two units rushed against all who were in the countryside and struck them down.H40H7218H6584H5975H6607H8179H5892H8147H7218H6584H7704H5221 45So Abimelech fought against the city that entire day, captured it, and killed the people who were in it. Then he tore down the city and sowed it with salt.H40H3898H5892H3117H3920H5892H2026H5971H5422H5892H2232H4417 46When all the lords of the Tower of Shechem heard, they entered the inner chamber of the temple of El-berith.H1167H4026H7927H8085H935H6877H1004H410H1286 47Then it was reported to Abimelech that all the lords of the Tower of Shechem had gathered together.H5046H40H1167H4026H7927H6908 48So Abimelech and all the people who were with him went up to Mount Zalmon. Abimelech took his ax in his hand and cut a branch from the trees. He picked up the branch, put it on his shoulder, and said to the people who were with him, "Hurry and do what you have seen me do."H40H5927H2022H6756H5971H40H3947H7134H3027H3772H7754H6086H5375H7760H7926H559H5971H7200H6213H4116H6213H3644 49Each person also cut his own branch and followed Abimelech. They put the branches against the inner chamber and set it on fire around the people, and all the people in the Tower of Shechem died— about 1,000 men and women.H5971H3772H376H7754H3212H310H40H7760H6877H3341H6877H784H582H4026H7927H4191H505H376H802 50Abimelech went to Thebez, camped against it, and captured it.H3212H40H8405H2583H8405H3920 51There was a strong tower inside the city, and all the men, women, and lords of the city fled there. They locked themselves in and went up to the roof of the tower.H5797H4026H8432H5892H5127H582H802H1167H5892H5462H5927H1406H4026 52When Abimelech came to attack the tower, he approached its entrance to set it on fire.H40H935H4026H3898H5066H6607H4026H8313H784 53But a woman threw the upper portion of a millstone on Abimelech's head and fractured his skull.H259H802H7993H6400H7393H40H7218H7533H1538 54He quickly called his armor-bearer and said to him, "Draw your sword and kill me, or they'll say about me, 'A woman killed him.' " So his armor-bearer thrust him through, and he died.H7121H4120H5288H5375H3627H559H8025H2719H4191H559H802H2026H5288H1856H4191 55When the Israelites saw that Abimelech was dead, they all went home.H376H3478H7200H40H4191H3212H376H4725 56In this way, the evil that Abimelech had done against his father, by killing his 70 brothers, God turned back on him.H430H7725H7451H40H6213H1H2026H7657H251 57And God also returned all the evil of the men of Shechem on their heads. So the curse of Jotham son of Jerubbaal came on them.H7451H582H7927H430H7725H7218H935H7045H3147H1121H3378


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