Judges 9:1-5 NIV

Abimelech

1 Abimelech1 son of Jerub-Baal2 went to his mother's brothers in Shechem and said to them and to all his mother's clan,

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2 "Ask all the citizens of Shechem, 'Which is better for you: to have all seventy of Jerub-Baal's sons rule over you, or just one man?' Remember, I am your flesh and blood.3"

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3 When the brothers repeated all this to the citizens of Shechem, they were inclined to follow Abimelech, for they said, "He is our brother."
4 They gave him seventy shekelsa of silver from the temple of Baal-Berith,4 and Abimelech used it to hire reckless adventurers,5 who became his followers.

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    • a 9:4 - That is, about 1 3/4 pounds (about 0.8 kilogram)
      5 He went to his father's home in Ophrah and on one stone murdered his seventy brothers,6 the sons of Jerub-Baal. But Jotham,7 the youngest son of Jerub-Baal, escaped by hiding.8

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