Judges 9:45

45 Abimelech fought against the city all that day, and he captured the city and killed the people who were in it; then he 1razed the city and sowed it with salt.

Judges 9:45 Meaning and Commentary

Judges 9:45

And Abimelech fought against the city all that day
By throwing stones or arrows into it:

and he took the city;
it was surrendered to him, not being able to stand out against his forces:

and slew the people that was therein;
all but those that were of his own family and his friends; all that had taken up arms against him, or had shown their dislike of his government, and were his enemies:

and beat down the city;
the houses in it, and walls of it, though it was his native place:

and sowed it with salt;
not to make it barren, for he would rather then have sowed the field, though this would not have had any effect of that kind, for any time at least; but to show his detestation of it, because of the ill usage he had met with, and as a token of its perpetual destruction, to which he devoted it, determining that if it was in his power it should never be rebuilt; but it was hereafter, and became again a very flourishing city in Jeroboam's time. Thus the Emperor Frederic Barbarossa, in the year 1162, when he took Milan, not only ploughed it up, but sowed it with salt; and in memory of it there is a street in it, now called "la contrada della Sala" F14: besides, Abimelech did this to deter other cities from rebelling against him; for if he so used his own city, more severely, if possible, would he use others.


FOOTNOTES:

F14 Sigonius de regn. Ital. l. 13, & 14.

Judges 9:45 In-Context

43 So he took his people and divided them into three companies, and lay in wait in the field; when he looked and saw the people coming out from the city, he arose against them and slew them.
44 Then Abimelech and the company who was with him dashed forward and stood in the entrance of the city gate; the other two companies then dashed against all who were in the field and slew them.
45 Abimelech fought against the city all that day, and he captured the city and killed the people who were in it; then he razed the city and sowed it with salt.
46 When all the leaders of the tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered the inner chamber of the temple of El-berith .
47 It was told Abimelech that all the leaders of the tower of Shechem were gathered together.

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