Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO JUDGES 9\\

This chapter contains an account of the craft and cruelty of
Abimelech, by which he got himself made king of the Shechemites,
\\#Jud 9:1-6\\ of the parable of Jotham, the youngest son of Gideon,
concerning the trees, in which he exposes their folly in making
Abimelech king, and foretells the ruin of them both, \\#Jud 9:7-21\\
of the contentions which arose between Abimelech, and the men of
Shechem, increased by Gaal the son of Ebed, \\#Jud 9:22-29\\ who was
drawn into a battle with Abimelech, and beaten and forced to fly,
\\#Jud 9:30-41\\ but the quarrel between Abimelech and the men
of Shechem ceased not, but still continued, which issued in
the entire ruin of the city and the inhabitants of it,
\\#Jud 9:42-49\\ and in the death of Abimelech himself, according to
Jotham's curse, \\#Jud 9:50-57\\.