Judges 9:4

Overview - Judges 9
Abimelech by conspiracy with the Shechemites, and murder of his brethren, is made king.
Jotham by a parable rebukes them, and foretells their ruin.
22 Gaal conspires with the Shechemites against him.
30 Zebul reveals it.
34 Abimelech overcomes them, and sows the city with salt.
46 He burns the hold of the god Berith.
50 At Thebez he is slain by a piece of a millstone.
56 Jotham's curse if fulfilled.
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Judges 9:4  (King James Version)
And they gave him threescore and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Baalberith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light persons, which followed him.
 


house
46-49 ; 8:33

vain, etc
{Anashim raikim oophochozim,} "worthless and dissolute men;" persons who were living on the public, and had nothing to lose
Such was the foundation of his Babel government. By a cunning management of such unprincipled men most revolutions are brought about.
11:3 1 Samuel 22:2 ; 2 Chronicles 13:7 ; Job 30:8 ; Proverbs 12:11 ; Acts 17:5
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