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Judges 9-10

Judg 9:1 Now Abimelech son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother’s kinsfolk and said to them and to the whole clan of his mother’s family,

Judg 9:2 “Say in the hearing of all the lords of Shechem, ‘Which is better for you, that all seventy of the sons of Jerubbaal rule over you, or that one rule over you?’ Remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.”

Judg 9:3 So his mother’s kinsfolk spoke all these words on his behalf in the hearing of all the lords of Shechem; and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech, for they said, “He is our brother.”

Judg 9:4 They gave him seventy pieces of silver out of the temple of Baal-berith with which Abimelech hired worthless and reckless fellows, who followed him.

Judg 9:5 He went to his father’s house at Ophrah, and killed his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy men, on one stone; but Jotham, the youngest son of Jerubbaal, survived, for he hid himself.

Judg 9:6 Then all the lords of Shechem and all Beth-millo came together, and they went and made Abimelech king, by the oak of the pillar at Shechem.

Judg 9:7 When it was told to Jotham, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim, and cried aloud and said to them, “Listen to me, you lords of Shechem, so that God may listen to you.

Judg 9:8 The trees once went out to anoint a king over themselves. So they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us.’

Judg 9:9 The olive tree answered them, ‘Shall I stop producing my rich oil by which gods and mortals are honored, and go to sway over the trees?’

Judg 9:10 Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come and reign over us.’

Judg 9:11 But the fig tree answered them, ‘Shall I stop producing my sweetness and my delicious fruit, and go to sway over the trees?’

Judg 9:12 Then the trees said to the vine, ‘You come and reign over us.’

Judg 9:13 But the vine said to them, ‘Shall I stop producing my wine that cheers gods and mortals, and go to sway over the trees?’

Judg 9:14 So all the trees said to the bramble, ‘You come and reign over us.’

Judg 9:15 And the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon.’

Judg 9:16 Now therefore, if you acted in good faith and honor when you made Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have done to him as his actions deserved—

Judg 9:17 for my father fought for you, and risked his life, and rescued you from the hand of Midian;

Judg 9:18 but you have risen up against my father’s house this day, and have killed his sons, seventy men on one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his slave woman, king over the lords of Shechem, because he is your kinsman—

Judg 9:19 if, I say, you have acted in good faith and honor with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you;

Judg 9:20 but if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the lords of Shechem, and Beth-millo; and let fire come out from the lords of Shechem, and from Beth-millo, and devour Abimelech.”

Judg 9:21 Then Jotham ran away and fled, going to Beer, where he remained for fear of his brother Abimelech.

Judg 9:22 Abimelech ruled over Israel three years.

Judg 9:23 But God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the lords of Shechem; and the lords of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech.

Judg 9:24 This happened so that the violence done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might be avenged and their blood be laid on their brother Abimelech, who killed them, and on the lords of Shechem, who strengthened his hands to kill his brothers.

Judg 9:25 So, out of hostility to him, the lords of Shechem set ambushes on the mountain tops. They robbed all who passed by them along that way; and it was reported to Abimelech.

Judg 9:26 When Gaal son of Ebed moved into Shechem with his kinsfolk, the lords of Shechem put confidence in him.

Judg 9:27 They went out into the field and gathered the grapes from their vineyards, trod them, and celebrated. Then they went into the temple of their god, ate and drank, and ridiculed Abimelech.

Judg 9:28 Gaal son of Ebed said, “Who is Abimelech, and who are we of Shechem, that we should serve him? Did not the son of Jerubbaal and Zebul his officer serve the men of Hamor father of Shechem? Why then should we serve him?

Judg 9:29 If only this people were under my command! Then I would remove Abimelech; I would say to him, ‘Increase your army, and come out.’

Judg 9:30 When Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal son of Ebed, his anger was kindled.

Judg 9:31 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.

Judg 9:32 Now therefore, go by night, you and the troops that are with you, and lie in wait in the fields.

Judg 9:33 Then early in the morning, as soon as the sun rises, get up and rush on the city; and when he and the troops that are with him come out against you, you may deal with them as best you can.”

Judg 9:34 So Abimelech and all the troops with him got up by night and lay in wait against Shechem in four companies.

Judg 9:35 When Gaal son of Ebed went out and stood in the entrance of the gate of the city, Abimelech and the troops with him rose from the ambush.

Judg 9:36 And when Gaal saw them, he said to Zebul, “Look, people are coming down from the mountain tops!” And Zebul said to him, “The shadows on the mountains look like people to you.”

Judg 9:37 Gaal spoke again and said, “Look, people are coming down from Tabbur-erez, and one company is coming from the direction of Elon-meonenim.”

Judg 9:38 Then Zebul said to him, “Where is your boast now, you who said, ‘Who is Abimelech, that we should serve him?’ Are not these the troops you made light of? Go out now and fight with them.”

Judg 9:39 So Gaal went out at the head of the lords of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.

Judg 9:40 Abimelech chased him, and he fled before him. Many fell wounded, up to the entrance of the gate.

Judg 9:41 So Abimelech resided at Arumah; and Zebul drove out Gaal and his kinsfolk, so that they could not live on at Shechem.

Judg 9:42 On the following day the people went out into the fields. When Abimelech was told,

Judg 9:43 he took his troops and divided them into three companies, and lay in wait in the fields. When he looked and saw the people coming out of the city, he rose against them and killed them.

Judg 9:44 Abimelech and the company that was with him rushed forward and stood at the entrance of the gate of the city, while the two companies rushed on all who were in the fields and killed them.

Judg 9:45 Abimelech fought against the city all that day; he took the city, and killed the people that were in it; and he razed the city and sowed it with salt.

Judg 9:46 When all the lords of the Tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered the stronghold of the temple of El-berith.

Judg 9:47 Abimelech was told that all the lords of the Tower of Shechem were gathered together.

Judg 9:48 So Abimelech went up to Mount Zalmon, he and all the troops that were with him. Abimelech took an ax in his hand, cut down a bundle of brushwood, and took it up and laid it on his shoulder. Then he said to the troops with him, “What you have seen me do, do quickly, as I have done.”

Judg 9:49 So every one of the troops cut down a bundle and following Abimelech put it against the stronghold, and they set the stronghold on fire over them, so that all the people of the Tower of Shechem also died, about a thousand men and women.

Judg 9:50 Then Abimelech went to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it.

Judg 9:51 But there was a strong tower within the city, and all the men and women and all the lords of the city fled to it and shut themselves in; and they went to the roof of the tower.

Judg 9:52 Abimelech came to the tower, and fought against it, and came near to the entrance of the tower to burn it with fire.

Judg 9:53 But a certain woman threw an upper millstone on Abimelech’s head, and crushed his skull.

Judg 9:54 Immediately he called to the young man who carried his armor and said to him, “Draw your sword and kill me, so people will not say about me, ‘A woman killed him.’ ” So the young man thrust him through, and he died.

Judg 9:55 When the Israelites saw that Abimelech was dead, they all went home.

Judg 9:56 Thus God repaid Abimelech for the crime he committed against his father in killing his seventy brothers;

Judg 9:57 and God also made all the wickedness of the people of Shechem fall back on their heads, and on them came the curse of Jotham son of Jerubbaal.

Judg 10:1 After Abimelech, Tola son of Puah son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, who lived at Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim, rose to deliver Israel.

Judg 10:2 He judged Israel twenty-three years. Then he died, and was buried at Shamir.

Judg 10:3 After him came Jair the Gileadite, who judged Israel twenty-two years.

Judg 10:4 He had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys; and they had thirty towns, which are in the land of Gilead, and are called Havvoth-jair to this day.

Judg 10:5 Jair died, and was buried in Kamon.

Judg 10:6 The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, worshiping the Baals and the Astartes, the gods of Aram, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites, and the gods of the Philistines. Thus they abandoned the LORD, and did not worship him.

Judg 10:7 So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the Ammonites,

Judg 10:8 and they crushed and oppressed the Israelites that year. For eighteen years they oppressed all the Israelites that were beyond the Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.

Judg 10:9 The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to fight against Judah and against Benjamin and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was greatly distressed.

Judg 10:10 So the Israelites cried to the LORD, saying, “We have sinned against you, because we have abandoned our God and have worshiped the Baals.”

Judg 10:11 And the LORD said to the Israelites, “Did I not deliver you from the Egyptians and from the Amorites, from the Ammonites and from the Philistines?

Judg 10:12 The Sidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, oppressed you; and you cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand.

Judg 10:13 Yet you have abandoned me and worshiped other gods; therefore I will deliver you no more.

Judg 10:14 Go and cry to the gods whom you have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your distress.”

Judg 10:15 And the Israelites said to the LORD, “We have sinned; do to us whatever seems good to you; but deliver us this day!”

Judg 10:16 So they put away the foreign gods from among them and worshiped the LORD; and he could no longer bear to see Israel suffer.

Judg 10:17 Then the Ammonites were called to arms, and they encamped in Gilead; and the Israelites came together, and they encamped at Mizpah.

Judg 10:18 The commanders of the people of Gilead said to one another, “Who will begin the fight against the Ammonites? He shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.”

DMU Timestamp: August 27, 2012 21:34





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