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Judges 9

RHE 1 And Abimelech, the son of Jerobaal, went to Sichem, to his mother’s brethren, and spoke to them, and to all the kindred of his mother’s father, saying: 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, RHE 2 Speak to all the men of Sichem: whether is better for you that seventy men, all the sons of Jerobaal, should rule over you, or that one man should rule over you? And withal, consider that I am your bone, and your flesh. 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.” RHE 3 And his mother’s brethren spoke of him to all the men of Sichem, all these words, and they inclined their hearts after Abimelech, saying: He is our brother: 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.” RHE 4 And they gave him seventy weight of silver out of the temple of Baalberith: wherewith he hired to himself men that were needy, and vagabonds, and they followed him. 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. RHE 5 And he came to his father’s house in Ephra, and slew his brethren, the sons of Jerobaal, seventy men, upon one stone: and there remained only Joatham, the youngest son of Jerobaal, who was hidden. 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. RHE 6 And all the men of Sichem were gathered together, and all the families of the city of Mello: and they went and made Abimelech king, by the oak that stood in Sichem. 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. RHE 7 This being told to Joatham, he went, and stood on the top of Mount Garizim: and lifting up his voice, he cried, and said: Hear me, ye men of Sichem, so may God hear 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. RHE 8 The trees went to anoint a king over them: and they said to the olive tree: Reign thou over us. NIV 8 One day the trees went out to anoint a king for themselves. They said to the olive tree, ‘Be our king.’ RHE 9 And it answered: Can I leave my fatness, which both gods and men make use of, to come to be promoted among 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?’ RHE 10 And the trees said to the fig tree: Come thou and reign over us. NIV 10 “Next, the trees said to the fig tree, ‘Come and be our king.’ RHE 11 And it answered them: Can I leave my sweetness, and my delicious fruits, and go to be promoted among the other trees? NIV 11 “But the fig tree replied, ‘Should I give up my fruit, so good and sweet, to hold sway over the trees?’ RHE 12 And the trees said to the vine: Come thou and reign over us. NIV 12 “Then the trees said to the vine, ‘Come and be our king.’ RHE 13 And it answered them: Can I forsake my wine, that cheereth God and men, and be promoted among the other 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?’ RHE 14 And all the trees said to the bramble: Come thou and reign over us. NIV 14 “Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, ‘Come and be our king.’ RHE 15 And it answered them: If, indeed, you mean to make me king, come ye, and rest under my shadow: but if you mean it not, let fire come out from the bramble, and devour the cedars of Libanus. 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!’ RHE 16 Now, therefore, if you have done well, and without sin, in appointing Abimelech king over you, and have dealt well with Jerobaal, and with his house, and have made a suitable return for the benefits of him who fought for you, 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? RHE 17 And exposed his life to dangers, to deliver you from the hand of Madian, NIV 17 Remember that my father fought for you and risked his life to rescue you from the hand of Midian. RHE 18 And you are now risen up against my father’s house, and have killed his sons, seventy men, upon one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his handmaid, king over the inhabitants of Sichem, because he is your brother: 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. RHE 19 If therefore you have dealt well, and without fault, with Jerobaal and his house, rejoice ye, this day, in Abimelech, and may he rejoice in 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! RHE 20 But if unjustly: let fire come out from him, and consume the inhabitants of Sichem, and the town of Mello: and let fire come out from the men of Sichem and from the town of Mello, and devour 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!” RHE 21 And when he had said thus, he fled, and went into Bera: and dwelt there for fear of Abimelech, his brother. NIV 21 Then Jotham fled, escaping to Beer, and he lived there because he was afraid of his brother Abimelek. RHE 22 So Abimelech reigned over Israel three years. NIV 22 After Abimelek had governed Israel three years, RHE 23 And the Lord sent a very evil spirit between Abimelech and the inhabitants of Sichem; who began to detest him, NIV 23 God stirred up animosity between Abimelek and the citizens of Shechem so that they acted treacherously against Abimelek. RHE 24 And to lay the crime of the murder of the seventy sons of Jerobaal, and the shedding of their blood, upon Abimelech, their brother, and upon the rest of the princes of the Sichemites, who aided him. 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. RHE 25 And they set an ambush against him on the top of the mountains: and while they waited for his coming, they committed robberies, taking spoils of all that passed by: and it was told 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. RHE 26 And Gaal, the son of Obed, came with his brethren, and went over to Sichem. And the inhabitants of Sichem, taking courage at his coming, NIV 26 Now Gaal son of Ebed moved with his clan into Shechem, and its citizens put their confidence in him. RHE 27 Went out into the fields, wasting the vineyards, and treading down the grapes: and singing and dancing, they went into the temple of their god, and in their banquets and cups they cursed 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. RHE 28 And Gaal, the son of Obed, cried: Who is Abimelech, and what is Sichem, that we should serve him? Is he not the son of Jerobaal, and hath made Zebul, his servant, ruler over the men of Emor, the father of Sichem? Why then shall we 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? RHE 29 Would to God that some man would put this people under my hand, that I might remove Abimelech out of the way. And it was said to Abimelech: Gather together the multitude of an army, and come. 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!’ ” RHE 30 For Zebul, the ruler of the city, hearing the words of Gaal, the son of Obed, was very angry, NIV 30 When Zebul the governor of the city heard what Gaal son of Ebed said, he was very angry. RHE 31 And sent messengers privately to Abimelech, saying: Behold, Gaal, the son of Obed, is come into Sichem with his brethren, and endeavoureth to set the city against thee. 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. RHE 32 Arise, therefore, in the night, with the people that is with thee, and lie hid in the field: NIV 32 Now then, during the night you and your men should come and lie in wait in the fields. RHE 33 And betimes in the morning, at sun rising, set upon the city, and when he shall come out against thee, with his people, do to him what thou shalt be able. 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.” RHE 34 Abimelech, therefore, arose with all his army, by night, and laid ambushes near Sichem in four places. NIV 34 So Abimelek and all his troops set out by night and took up concealed positions near Shechem in four companies. RHE 35 And Gaal, the son of Obed, went out, and stood in the entrance of the gate of the city. And Abimelech rose up, and all his army with him, from the places of the ambushes. 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. RHE 36 And when Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul: Behold, a multitude cometh down from the mountains. And he answered him: Thou seest the shadows of the mountains as if they were the heads of men, and this is thy mistake. 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.” RHE 37 Again Gaal said: Behold, there cometh people down from the midst of the land, and one troop cometh by the way that looketh towards the oak. 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.” RHE 38 And Zebul said to him: Where is now thy mouth, wherewith thou saidst: Who is Abimelech, that we should serve him? Is not this the people which thou didst despise? Go out, and fight against him. 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!” RHE 39 So Gaal went out, in the sight of the people of Sichem, and fought against Abimelech, NIV 39 So Gaal led out the citizens of Shechem and fought Abimelek. RHE 40 Who chased and put him to flight, and drove him to the city: and many were slain of his people, even to the gate of the city: NIV 40 Abimelek chased him all the way to the entrance of the gate, and many were killed as they fled. RHE 41 And Abimelech sat down in Ruma: but Zebul drove Gaal, and his companions, out of the city, and would not suffer them to abide in it. NIV 41 Then Abimelek stayed in Arumah, and Zebul drove Gaal and his clan out of Shechem. RHE 42 So the day following the people went out into the field. And it was told to Abimelech, NIV 42 The next day the people of Shechem went out to the fields, and this was reported to Abimelek. RHE 43 And he took his army, and divided it into three companies, and laid ambushes in the fields. And seeing that the people came out of the city, he arose, and set upon 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. RHE 44 With his own company, assaulting and besieging the city: whilst the two other companies chased the enemies that were scattered about the field. 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. RHE 45 And Abimelech assaulted the city all that day: and took it, and killed the inhabitants thereof, and demolished it, so that he sowed salt in 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. RHE 46 And when they who dwelt in the tower of Sichem, had heard this, they went into the temple of their god Berith, where they had made a covenant with him, and from thence the place had taken its name, and it was exceeding strong. NIV 46 On hearing this, the citizens in the tower of Shechem went into the stronghold of the temple of El-Berith. RHE 47 Abimelech also hearing that the men of the tower of Sichem were gathered together, NIV 47 When Abimelek heard that they had assembled there, RHE 48 Went up into mount Selmon, he and all his people with him: and taking an axe, he cut down the bough of a tree, and laying it on his shoulder, and carrying it, he said to his companions: What you see me do, do ye out of hand. 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!” RHE 49 So they cut down boughs from the trees, every man as fast as he could, and followed their leader. And surrounding the fort, they set it on fire: and so it came to pass, that with the smoke and with the fire a thousand persons were killed, men and women together, of the inhabitants of the town of Sichem. 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. RHE 50 Then Abimelech, departing from thence, came to the town of Thebes, which he surrounded and besieged with his army. NIV 50 Next Abimelek went to Thebez and besieged it and captured it. RHE 51 And there was in the midst of the city a high tower, to which both the men and the women were fled together, and all the princes of the city, and having shut and strongly barred the gate, they stood upon the battlements of the tower to defend themselves. 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. RHE 52 And Abimelech, coming near the tower, fought stoutly: and, approaching to the gate, endeavoured to set fire to it: NIV 52 Abimelek went to the tower and attacked it. But as he approached the entrance to the tower to set it on fire, RHE 53 And behold, a certain woman casting a piece of a millstone from above, dashed it against the head of Abimelech, and broke his skull. NIV 53 a woman dropped an upper millstone on his head and cracked his skull. RHE 54 And he called hastily to his armourbearer, and said to him: Draw thy sword, and kill me: lest it should be said that I was slain by a woman. He did as he was commanded, and slew him. 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. RHE 55 And when he was dead all the men of Israel that were with him, returned to their homes. NIV 55 When the Israelites saw that Abimelek was dead, they went home. RHE 56 And God repaid the evil that Abimelech had done against his father, killing his seventy brethren. NIV 56 Thus God repaid the wickedness that Abimelek had done to his father by murdering his seventy brothers. RHE 57 The Sichemites also were rewarded for what they had done, and the curse of Joatham, the son of Jerobaal, came 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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