Bible: Judges 9:1-6

Abimelech Murders His Brothers

9:1 Now Abimelech son of Jerub-Baal went to Shechem to see his mother’s relatives. 1  He said to them and to his mother’s entire extended family, 2  9:2 Tell 3  all the leaders of Shechem this: ‘Why would you want 4  to have seventy men, all Jerub-Baal’s sons, ruling over you, when you can have just one ruler? Recall that I am your own flesh and blood.’ 5  9:3 His mother’s relatives 6  spoke on his behalf to 7  all the leaders of Shechem and reported his proposal. 8  The leaders were drawn to Abimelech; 9  they said, “He is our close relative.” 10  9:4 They paid him seventy silver shekels out of the temple of Baal-Berith. Abimelech then used the silver to hire some lawless, dangerous 11  men as his followers. 12  9:5 He went to his father’s home in Ophrah and murdered his half-brothers, 13  the seventy legitimate 14  sons of Jerub-Baal, on one stone. Only Jotham, Jerub-Baal’s youngest son, escaped, 15  because he hid. 9:6 All the leaders of Shechem and Beth Millo assembled and then went and made Abimelech king by the oak near the pillar 16  in Shechem.

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