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Judges 8:17

17 He also pulled down the tower of Peniel and killed the men of the town.

Read Judges 8:17 Using Other Translations

And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.
And he broke down the tower of Penuel and killed the men of the city.
He also tore down the tower of Peniel and killed all the men in the town.

What does Judges 8:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Judges 8:17

And he beat down the tower of Penuel
As he threatened he would, ( Judges 8:9 ) whether this was before or after he had chastised the elders of Succoth, is not clear; one would think by the course he steered going from Succoth to Penuel, as he went, he should come to Penuel first at his return; however, he demolished their tower in which they trusted:

and slew the men of the city;
perhaps they might, as Kimchi conjectures, resist when he went about to beat down their tower; on which a fray might ensue, in which they were slain; or they might upon his approach, sensible of the offence they had given him, fly to their tower for safety, and were killed in it when that was beaten down about them. In what manner this was done is not said; no doubt they had instruments in those days for demolishing such edifices.

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