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Judges 9

CEB 1 Abimelech, Jerubbaal's son, went to his mother's brothers in Shechem. He spoke to them and to the entire clan of the household to which his mother belonged: NIV 1 Abimelek son of Jerub-Baal went to his mother’s brothers in Shechem and said to them and to all his mother’s clan, CEB 2 "Ask all the leaders of Shechem, ‘Which do you think is better to have ruling over you: seventy men—all of Jerubbaal's sons—or one man?' And remember that I'm your flesh and blood!" NIV 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.” CEB 3 So his mother's brothers spoke all these words on his behalf to all the leaders of Shechem. They decided to follow Abimelech because they said, "He's our relative." NIV 3 When the brothers repeated all this to the citizens of Shechem, they were inclined to follow Abimelek, for they said, “He is related to us.” CEB 4 They gave him seventy pieces of silver from the temple of Baal-berith, with which Abimelech hired worthless and reckless men, who became his posse. NIV 4 They gave him seventy shekels of silver from the temple of Baal-Berith, and Abimelek used it to hire reckless scoundrels, who became his followers. CEB 5 He went to his household in Ophrah and killed all seventy of his brothers, Jerubbaal's sons, on a single stone. Only Jotham the youngest of Jerubbaal's sons survived, because he had hidden himself. NIV 5 He went to his father’s home in Ophrah and on one stone murdered his seventy brothers, the sons of Jerub-Baal. But Jotham, the youngest son of Jerub-Baal, escaped by hiding. CEB 6 Then all the leaders of Shechem and all Beth-millo assembled and proceeded to make Abimelech king by the oak at the stone pillar in Shechem. NIV 6 Then all the citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo gathered beside the great tree at the pillar in Shechem to crown Abimelek king. CEB 7 When Jotham was told about this, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim. He raised his voice and called out, "Listen to me, you leaders of Shechem, so that God may listen to you! NIV 7 When Jotham was told about this, he climbed up on the top of Mount Gerizim and shouted to them, “Listen to me, citizens of Shechem, so that God may listen to you. CEB 8 “Once the trees went out to anoint a king over themselves. So they said to the olive tree, ‘Be our king!' NIV 8 One day the trees went out to anoint a king for themselves. They said to the olive tree, ‘Be our king.’ CEB 9 “But the olive tree replied to them, ‘Should I stop producing my oil, which is how gods and humans are honored, so that I can go to sway over the trees?' NIV 9 “But the olive tree answered, ‘Should I give up my oil, by which both gods and humans are honored, to hold sway over the trees?’ CEB 10 “So the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come and be king over us!' NIV 10 “Next, the trees said to the fig tree, ‘Come and be our king.’ CEB 11 “The fig tree replied to them, ‘Should I stop producing my sweetness and my delicious fruit, so that I can go to sway over the trees?' NIV 11 “But the fig tree replied, ‘Should I give up my fruit, so good and sweet, to hold sway over the trees?’ CEB 12 “Then the trees said to the vine, ‘You come and be king over us!' NIV 12 “Then the trees said to the vine, ‘Come and be our king.’ CEB 13 “But the vine replied to them, ‘Should I stop providing my wine that makes gods and humans happy, so that I can go to sway over the trees?' NIV 13 “But the vine answered, ‘Should I give up my wine, which cheers both gods and humans, to hold sway over the trees?’ CEB 14 “Finally, all the trees said to the thornbush, ‘You come and be king over us!' NIV 14 “Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, ‘Come and be our king.’ CEB 15 “And the thornbush replied to the trees, ‘If you're acting faithfully in anointing me king over you, come and take shelter in my shade; but if not, let fire come out of the thornbush and burn up the cedars of Lebanon.' NIV 15 “The thornbush said to the trees, ‘If you really want to anoint me king over you, come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, then let fire come out of the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!’ CEB 16 "So now, if you acted faithfully and innocently when you made Abimelech king, and if you've done right by Jerubbaal and his household, and have treated him as his actions deserve— NIV 16 “Have you acted honorably and in good faith by making Abimelek king? Have you been fair to Jerub-Baal and his family? Have you treated him as he deserves? CEB 17 my father fought for you and risked his life to rescue you from Midian's power, NIV 17 Remember that my father fought for you and risked his life to rescue you from the hand of Midian. CEB 18 but today you've risen up against my father's household, killed his seventy sons on a single stone, and made Abimelech, his female servant's son, king over the leaders of Shechem, because he's your relative— NIV 18 But today you have revolted against my father’s family. You have murdered his seventy sons on a single stone and have made Abimelek, the son of his female slave, king over the citizens of Shechem because he is related to you. CEB 19 so if you've acted faithfully and innocently toward Jerubbaal and his household today, then be happy with Abimelech and let him be happy with you. NIV 19 So have you acted honorably and in good faith toward Jerub-Baal and his family today? If you have, may Abimelek be your joy, and may you be his, too! CEB 20 But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech and burn up the leaders of Shechem and Beth-millo; and let fire come out from the leaders of Shechem and Beth-millo and burn up Abimelech." NIV 20 But if you have not, let fire come out from Abimelek and consume you, the citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo, and let fire come out from you, the citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo, and consume Abimelek!” CEB 21 Then Jotham ran away. He fled to Beer and stayed there for fear of his brother Abimelech. NIV 21 Then Jotham fled, escaping to Beer, and he lived there because he was afraid of his brother Abimelek. CEB 22 Abimelech ruled over Israel for three years. NIV 22 After Abimelek had governed Israel three years, CEB 23 Then God stirred up ill will between Abimelech and the leaders of Shechem, and they acted like traitors toward Abimelech. NIV 23 God stirred up animosity between Abimelek and the citizens of Shechem so that they acted treacherously against Abimelek. CEB 24 This occurred because of the violence done to Jerubbaal's seventy sons. Their blood came back on their brother Abimelech, who killed them, and on the leaders of Shechem, who supported him when he killed his brothers. NIV 24 God did this in order that the crime against Jerub-Baal’s seventy sons, the shedding of their blood, might be avenged on their brother Abimelek and on the citizens of Shechem, who had helped him murder his brothers. CEB 25 As an act against him, the leaders of Shechem set ambushes on the hilltops that robbed everyone who passed by them on the road. This was reported to Abimelech. NIV 25 In opposition to him these citizens of Shechem set men on the hilltops to ambush and rob everyone who passed by, and this was reported to Abimelek. CEB 26 Then Gaal, Ebed's son, and his relatives came passing through Shechem, and the leaders of Shechem shifted their allegiance to him. NIV 26 Now Gaal son of Ebed moved with his clan into Shechem, and its citizens put their confidence in him. CEB 27 They went out into the field, cut off clusters from their vineyards, trampled them out, and had a celebration. They entered their god's temple and ate, drank, and made fun of Abimelech. NIV 27 After they had gone out into the fields and gathered the grapes and trodden them, they held a festival in the temple of their god. While they were eating and drinking, they cursed Abimelek. CEB 28 Gaal, Ebed's son, said, "Who is Abimelech, and who are we of Shechem that we ought to serve him? Didn't this son of Jerubbaal and his deputy Zebul once serve the men of Hamor, Shechem's father? Why should we of all people serve him? NIV 28 Then Gaal son of Ebed said, “Who is Abimelek, and why should we Shechemites be subject to him? Isn’t he Jerub-Baal’s son, and isn’t Zebul his deputy? Serve the family of Hamor, Shechem’s father! Why should we serve Abimelek? CEB 29 If only this people were under my command! I would push Abimelech aside! I would tell Abimelech, ‘Build up your army and march out for battle.'" NIV 29 If only this people were under my command! Then I would get rid of him. I would say to Abimelek, ‘Call out your whole army!’ ” CEB 30 When Zebul the city's ruler heard the words of Gaal, Ebed's son, he became angry. NIV 30 When Zebul the governor of the city heard what Gaal son of Ebed said, he was very angry. CEB 31 He sent messengers to Abimelech at Arumah to say, "Watch out! Gaal, Ebed's son, and his relatives have come to Shechem and are stirring up the city against you. NIV 31 Under cover he sent messengers to Abimelek, saying, “Gaal son of Ebed and his clan have come to Shechem and are stirring up the city against you. CEB 32 Now, you and the men who are with you: Get up tonight and set an ambush in the fields. NIV 32 Now then, during the night you and your men should come and lie in wait in the fields. CEB 33 Then in the morning, at sunrise, rise early and rush on the city. Just as he and the men with him are marching out to face you, you can do to him whatever you wish." NIV 33 In the morning at sunrise, advance against the city. When Gaal and his men come out against you, seize the opportunity to attack them.” CEB 34 So Abimelech and all the men who were with him got up that night and set an ambush around Shechem in four companies. NIV 34 So Abimelek and all his troops set out by night and took up concealed positions near Shechem in four companies. CEB 35 When Gaal, Ebed's son, came out and stood in the entrance of the city's gate, Abimelech and the men with him sprang up from the ambush. NIV 35 Now Gaal son of Ebed had gone out and was standing at the entrance of the city gate just as Abimelek and his troops came out from their hiding place. CEB 36 Gaal saw the men and said to Zebul, "Look! People are coming down from the hilltops." Zebul replied to him, "The shadows on the hills just look like persons to you." NIV 36 When Gaal saw them, he said to Zebul, “Look, people are coming down from the tops of the mountains!” Zebul replied, “You mistake the shadows of the mountains for men.” CEB 37 But Gaal spoke up again, "Look! People are coming down from Tabbur-erez, and one company is coming from the direction of Elon-meonenim." NIV 37 But Gaal spoke up again: “Look, people are coming down from the central hill, and a company is coming from the direction of the diviners’ tree.” CEB 38 Then Zebul replied to him, "Where's all your talk now, you who said, ‘Who is Abimelech that we ought to serve him?' Aren't these the men you despised? Now march out and fight them!" NIV 38 Then Zebul said to him, “Where is your big talk now, you who said, ‘Who is Abimelek that we should be subject to him?’ Aren’t these the men you ridiculed? Go out and fight them!” CEB 39 So Gaal marched out at the head of the leaders of Shechem and fought with Abimelech. NIV 39 So Gaal led out the citizens of Shechem and fought Abimelek. CEB 40 Abimelech routed him, and he ran away. Many fell wounded, all the way up to the entrance of the gate. NIV 40 Abimelek chased him all the way to the entrance of the gate, and many were killed as they fled. CEB 41 Afterward, Abimelech stayed in Arumah, and Zebul drove away Gaal and his relatives so they couldn't stay in Shechem. NIV 41 Then Abimelek stayed in Arumah, and Zebul drove Gaal and his clan out of Shechem. CEB 42 The next day, the men of Shechem went out into the fields. When it was reported to Abimelech, NIV 42 The next day the people of Shechem went out to the fields, and this was reported to Abimelek. CEB 43 he took his men, divided them into three companies, and set an ambush in the fields. As soon as he saw the men coming from the city, he sprang upon them and attacked them. NIV 43 So he took his men, divided them into three companies and set an ambush in the fields. When he saw the people coming out of the city, he rose to attack them. CEB 44 Abimelech and his company charged forward and took a position at the entrance of the city's gate, while the other two companies charged at all those in the fields and attacked them. NIV 44 Abimelek and the companies with him rushed forward to a position at the entrance of the city gate. Then two companies attacked those in the fields and struck them down. CEB 45 Abimelech fought against the city that entire day. He captured the city and killed its people. Then he leveled the city and scattered salt over it. NIV 45 All that day Abimelek pressed his attack against the city until he had captured it and killed its people. Then he destroyed the city and scattered salt over it. CEB 46 When all the leaders in the Tower of Shechem heard about this, they entered the side rooms in the El-berith temple. NIV 46 On hearing this, the citizens in the tower of Shechem went into the stronghold of the temple of El-Berith. CEB 47 It was reported to Abimelech that all the leaders from the Tower of Shechem had gathered in one place. NIV 47 When Abimelek heard that they had assembled there, CEB 48 So Abimelech and all the men who were with him went up on Mount Zalmon. He grabbed an ax, cut off a bundle of branches, and hoisted them onto his shoulder. Then he ordered the men who were with him, "Hurry up and do what you've seen me do!" NIV 48 he and all his men went up Mount Zalmon. He took an ax and cut off some branches, which he lifted to his shoulders. He ordered the men with him, “Quick! Do what you have seen me do!” CEB 49 Each one of the men cut off a bundle as well and followed Abimelech. They piled them up against the side rooms and set fire to the side rooms above them. So all the people in the Tower of Shechem died too, about one thousand men and women. NIV 49 So all the men cut branches and followed Abimelek. They piled them against the stronghold and set it on fire with the people still inside. So all the people in the tower of Shechem, about a thousand men and women, also died. CEB 50 Then Abimelech moved on to Thebez, set up camp against it, and captured it. NIV 50 Next Abimelek went to Thebez and besieged it and captured it. CEB 51 But there was a strong tower inside the city. All the men and women and all the city's leaders had fled there, shut themselves inside, and climbed to the tower's roof. NIV 51 Inside the city, however, was a strong tower, to which all the men and women—all the people of the city—had fled. They had locked themselves in and climbed up on the tower roof. CEB 52 Abimelech came to the tower to storm it. But when he approached the tower's entrance to set it on fire, NIV 52 Abimelek went to the tower and attacked it. But as he approached the entrance to the tower to set it on fire, CEB 53 a woman dropped an upper millstone on Abimelech's head and cracked his skull. NIV 53 a woman dropped an upper millstone on his head and cracked his skull. CEB 54 He quickly cried out to the servant who carried his armor, "Draw your sword and kill me. Don't let it be said of me, ‘A woman killed him.'" So his servant stabbed him, and he died. NIV 54 Hurriedly he called to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and kill me, so that they can’t say, ‘A woman killed him.’ ” So his servant ran him through, and he died. CEB 55 When the Israelites saw that Abimelech was dead, they all went home. NIV 55 When the Israelites saw that Abimelek was dead, they went home. CEB 56 Thus God paid back Abimelech for the evil he had done to his father by killing his seventy brothers. NIV 56 Thus God repaid the wickedness that Abimelek had done to his father by murdering his seventy brothers. CEB 57 God also paid back the people of Shechem for their evil. The curse of Jotham, Jerubbaal's son, had come upon them. NIV 57 God also made the people of Shechem pay for all their wickedness. The curse of Jotham son of Jerub-Baal came on them.

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