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  1. 1. And Abimelech
    H40
    the son
    H1121
    of Jerubbaal
    H3378
    went
    H3212
    to Shechem
    H7927
    unto his mother's
    H517
    brethren,
    H251
    and communed
    H1696
    with them, and with all the family
    H4940
    of the house
    H1004
    of his mother's
    H517
    father,
    H1
    saying,
    H559
  2. 2. Speak,
    H1696
    I pray you, in the ears
    H241
    of all the men
    H1167
    of Shechem,
    H7927
    Whether is better
    H2896
    for you, either that all the sons
    H1121
    of Jerubbaal,
    H3378
    which are threescore and ten
    H7657
    persons,
    H376
    reign
    H4910
    over you, or that one
    H259
    reign
    H4910
    over you? remember
    H2142
    also that I am your bone
    H6106
    and your flesh.
    H1320
  3. 3. And his mother's
    H517
    brethren
    H251
    spake
    H1696
    of him in the ears
    H241
    of all the men
    H1167
    of Shechem
    H7927
    all these words:
    H1697
    and their hearts
    H3820
    inclined
    H5186
    to follow
    H310
    Abimelech;
    H40
    for they said,
    H559
    He is our brother.
    H251
  4. 4. And they gave
    H5414
    him threescore and ten
    H7657
    pieces of silver
    H3701
    out of the house
    H1004
    of Baalberith,
    H1170
    wherewith Abimelech
    H40
    hired
    H7936
    vain
    H7386
    and light
    H6348
    persons,
    H582
    which followed
    H3212
    him.
    H310
  5. 5. And he went
    H935
    unto his father's
    H1
    house
    H1004
    at Ophrah,
    H6084
    and slew
    H2026
    his brethren
    H251
    the sons
    H1121
    of Jerubbaal,
    H3378
    being threescore and ten
    H7657
    persons,
    H376
    upon one
    H259
    stone:
    H68
    notwithstanding yet Jotham
    H3147
    the youngest
    H6996
    son
    H1121
    of Jerubbaal
    H3378
    was left;
    H3498
    for he hid
    H2244
    himself.
  6. 6. And all the men
    H1167
    of Shechem
    H7927
    gathered together,
    H622
    and all the house
    H1004
    of Millo,
    H4407
    H1037
    and went,
    H3212
    and made
    H4427
    Abimelech
    H40
    king,
    H4428
    by the plain
    H436
    of the pillar
    H5324
    that was in Shechem.
    H7927
  7. 7. And when they told
    H5046
    it to Jotham,
    H3147
    he went
    H3212
    and stood
    H5975
    in the top
    H7218
    of mount
    H2022
    Gerizim,
    H1630
    and lifted up
    H5375
    his voice,
    H6963
    and cried,
    H7121
    and said
    H559
    unto them, Hearken
    H8085
    unto me, ye men
    H1167
    of Shechem,
    H7927
    that God
    H430
    may hearken
    H8085
    unto you.
  8. 8. The trees
    H6086
    went forth
    H1980
    H1980
    on a time to anoint
    H4886
    a king
    H4428
    over them; and they said
    H559
    unto the olive tree,
    H2132
    Reign
    H4427
    thou over us.
  9. 9. But the olive tree
    H2132
    said
    H559
    unto them, Should I leave
    H2308
    my fatness,
    H1880
    wherewith by me they honour
    H3513
    God
    H430
    and man,
    H582
    and go
    H1980
    to be promoted
    H5128
    over the trees?
    H6086
  10. 10. And the trees
    H6086
    said
    H559
    to the fig tree,
    H8384
    Come
    H3212
    thou, and reign
    H4427
    over us.
  11. 11. But the fig tree
    H8384
    said
    H559
    unto them, Should I forsake
    H2308
    my sweetness,
    H4987
    and my good
    H2896
    fruit,
    H8570
    and go
    H1980
    to be promoted
    H5128
    over the trees?
    H6086
  12. 12. Then said
    H559
    the trees
    H6086
    unto the vine,
    H1612
    Come
    H3212
    thou, and reign
    H4427
    over us.
  13. 13. And the vine
    H1612
    said
    H559
    unto them, Should I leave
    H2308
    my wine,
    H8492
    which cheereth
    H8055
    God
    H430
    and man,
    H582
    and go
    H1980
    to be promoted
    H5128
    over the trees?
    H6086
  14. 14. Then said
    H559
    all the trees
    H6086
    unto the bramble,
    H329
    Come
    H3212
    thou, and reign
    H4427
    over us.
  15. 15. And the bramble
    H329
    said
    H559
    unto the trees,
    H6086
    If in truth
    H571
    ye anoint
    H4886
    me king
    H4428
    over you, then come
    H935
    and put your trust
    H2620
    in my shadow:
    H6738
    and if not, let fire
    H784
    come out
    H3318
    of the bramble,
    H329
    and devour
    H398
    the cedars
    H730
    of Lebanon.
    H3844
  16. 16. Now therefore, if ye have done
    H6213
    truly
    H571
    and sincerely,
    H8549
    in that ye have made Abimelech
    H40
    king,
    H4427
    and if ye have dealt
    H6213
    well
    H2896
    with Jerubbaal
    H3378
    and his house,
    H1004
    and have done
    H6213
    unto him according to the deserving
    H1576
    of his hands;
    H3027
  17. 17. (For my father
    H1
    fought
    H3898
    for you, and adventured
    H7993
    his life
    H5315
    far,
    H5048
    and delivered
    H5337
    you out of the hand
    H3027
    of Midian:
    H4080
  18. 18. And ye are risen up
    H6965
    against my father's
    H1
    house
    H1004
    this day,
    H3117
    and have slain
    H2026
    his sons,
    H1121
    threescore and ten
    H7657
    persons,
    H376
    upon one
    H259
    stone,
    H68
    and have made Abimelech,
    H40
    the son
    H1121
    of his maidservant,
    H519
    king
    H4427
    over the men
    H1167
    of Shechem,
    H7927
    because he is your brother;)
    H251
  19. 19. If ye then have dealt
    H6213
    truly
    H571
    and sincerely
    H8549
    with Jerubbaal
    H3378
    and with his house
    H1004
    this day,
    H3117
    then rejoice
    H8055
    ye in Abimelech,
    H40
    and let him also rejoice
    H8055
    in you:
  20. 20. But if not, let fire
    H784
    come out
    H3318
    from Abimelech,
    H40
    and devour
    H398
    the men
    H1167
    of Shechem,
    H7927
    and the house
    H1004
    of Millo;
    H4407
    H1037
    and let fire
    H784
    come out
    H3318
    from the men
    H1167
    of Shechem,
    H7927
    and from the house
    H1004
    of Millo,
    H4407
    H1037
    and devour
    H398
    Abimelech.
    H40
  21. 21. And Jotham
    H3147
    ran away,
    H1272
    and fled,
    H5127
    and went
    H3212
    to Beer,
    H876
    and dwelt
    H3427
    there, for fear
    H6440
    of Abimelech
    H40
    his brother.
    H251
  22. 22. When Abimelech
    H40
    had reigned
    H7786
    three
    H7969
    years
    H8141
    over Israel,
    H3478
  23. 23. Then God
    H430
    sent
    H7971
    an evil
    H7451
    spirit
    H7307
    between Abimelech
    H40
    and the men
    H1167
    of Shechem;
    H7927
    and the men
    H1167
    of Shechem
    H7927
    dealt treacherously
    H898
    with Abimelech:
    H40
  24. 24. That the cruelty
    H2555
    done to the threescore and ten
    H7657
    sons
    H1121
    of Jerubbaal
    H3378
    might come,
    H935
    and their blood
    H1818
    be laid
    H7760
    upon Abimelech
    H40
    their brother,
    H251
    which slew
    H2026
    them; and upon the men
    H1167
    of Shechem,
    H7927
    which aided
    H2388
    H3027
    him in the killing
    H2026
    of his brethren.
    H251
  25. 25. And the men
    H1167
    of Shechem
    H7927
    set
    H7760
    liers in wait
    H693
    for him in the top
    H7218
    of the mountains,
    H2022
    and they robbed
    H1497
    all that came
    H5674
    along that way
    H1870
    by them: and it was told
    H5046
    Abimelech.
    H40
  26. 26. And Gaal
    H1603
    the son
    H1121
    of Ebed
    H5651
    came
    H935
    with his brethren,
    H251
    and went over
    H5674
    to Shechem:
    H7927
    and the men
    H1167
    of Shechem
    H7927
    put their confidence
    H982
    in him.
  27. 27. And they went out
    H3318
    into the fields,
    H7704
    and gathered
    H1219
    their vineyards,
    H3754
    and trode
    H1869
    the grapes, and made
    H6213
    merry,
    H1974
    and went
    H935
    into the house
    H1004
    of their god,
    H430
    and did eat
    H398
    and drink,
    H8354
    and cursed
    H7043
    Abimelech.
    H40
  28. 28. And Gaal
    H1603
    the son
    H1121
    of Ebed
    H5651
    said,
    H559
    Who is Abimelech,
    H40
    and who is Shechem,
    H7927
    that we should serve
    H5647
    him? is not he the son
    H1121
    of Jerubbaal?
    H3378
    and Zebul
    H2083
    his officer?
    H6496
    serve
    H5647
    the men
    H582
    of Hamor
    H2544
    the father
    H1
    of Shechem:
    H7927
    for why should we serve
    H5647
    him?
  29. 29. And would to God this people
    H5971
    were under
    H5414
    my hand!
    H3027
    then would I remove
    H5493
    Abimelech.
    H40
    And he said
    H559
    to Abimelech,
    H40
    Increase
    H7235
    thine army,
    H6635
    and come out.
    H3318
  30. 30. And when Zebul
    H2083
    the ruler
    H8269
    of the city
    H5892
    heard
    H8085
    the words
    H1697
    of Gaal
    H1603
    the son
    H1121
    of Ebed,
    H5651
    his anger
    H639
    was kindled.
    H2734
  31. 31. And he sent
    H7971
    messengers
    H4397
    unto Abimelech
    H40
    privily,
    H8649
    saying,
    H559
    Behold, Gaal
    H1603
    the son
    H1121
    of Ebed
    H5651
    and his brethren
    H251
    be come
    H935
    to Shechem;
    H7927
    and, behold, they fortify
    H6696
    the city
    H5892
    against thee.
  32. 32. Now therefore up
    H6965
    by night,
    H3915
    thou and the people
    H5971
    that is with thee, and lie in wait
    H693
    in the field:
    H7704
  33. 33. And it shall be, that in the morning,
    H1242
    as soon as the sun
    H8121
    is up,
    H2224
    thou shalt rise early,
    H7925
    and set
    H6584
    upon the city:
    H5892
    and, behold, when he and the people
    H5971
    that is with him come out
    H3318
    against thee, then mayest thou do
    H6213
    to them as thou
    H3027
    shalt find occasion.
    H4672
  34. 34. And Abimelech
    H40
    rose up,
    H6965
    and all the people
    H5971
    that were with him, by night,
    H3915
    and they laid wait
    H693
    against Shechem
    H7927
    in four
    H702
    companies.
    H7218
  35. 35. And Gaal
    H1603
    the son
    H1121
    of Ebed
    H5651
    went out,
    H3318
    and stood
    H5975
    in the entering
    H6607
    of the gate
    H8179
    of the city:
    H5892
    and Abimelech
    H40
    rose up,
    H6965
    and the people
    H5971
    that were with him, from lying in wait.
    H3993
  36. 36. And when Gaal
    H1603
    saw
    H7200
    the people,
    H5971
    he said
    H559
    to Zebul,
    H2083
    Behold, there come
    H3381
    people
    H5971
    down
    H3381
    from the top
    H7218
    of the mountains.
    H2022
    And Zebul
    H2083
    said
    H559
    unto him, Thou seest
    H7200
    the shadow
    H6738
    of the mountains
    H2022
    as if they were men.
    H582
  37. 37. And Gaal
    H1603
    spake
    H1696
    again
    H3254
    and said,
    H559
    See there come
    H3381
    people
    H5971
    down
    H3381
    by the middle
    H2872
    of the land,
    H776
    and another
    H259
    company
    H7218
    come
    H935
    along by the plain
    H436
    of
    H1870
    Meonenim.
    H6049
  38. 38. Then said
    H559
    Zebul
    H2083
    unto him, Where is now
    H645
    thy mouth,
    H6310
    wherewith thou saidst,
    H559
    Who is Abimelech,
    H40
    that we should serve
    H5647
    him? is not this the people
    H5971
    that thou hast despised?
    H3988
    go out,
    H3318
    I pray now,
    H4994
    and fight
    H3898
    with them.
  39. 39. And Gaal
    H1603
    went out
    H3318
    before
    H6440
    the men
    H1167
    of Shechem,
    H7927
    and fought
    H3898
    with Abimelech.
    H40
  40. 40. And Abimelech
    H40
    chased
    H7291
    him, and he fled
    H5127
    before
    H6440
    him, and many
    H7227
    were overthrown
    H5307
    and wounded,
    H2491
    even unto the entering
    H6607
    of the gate.
    H8179
  41. 41. And Abimelech
    H40
    dwelt
    H3427
    at Arumah:
    H725
    and Zebul
    H2083
    thrust out
    H1644
    Gaal
    H1603
    and his brethren,
    H251
    that they should not dwell
    H3427
    in Shechem.
    H7927
  42. 42. And it came to pass on the morrow,
    H4283
    that the people
    H5971
    went out
    H3318
    into the field;
    H7704
    and they told
    H5046
    Abimelech.
    H40
  43. 43. And he took
    H3947
    the people,
    H5971
    and divided
    H2673
    them into three
    H7969
    companies,
    H7218
    and laid wait
    H693
    in the field,
    H7704
    and looked,
    H7200
    and, behold, the people
    H5971
    were come forth
    H3318
    out of the city;
    H5892
    and he rose up
    H6965
    against them, and smote
    H5221
    them.
  44. 44. And Abimelech,
    H40
    and the company
    H7218
    that was with him, rushed forward,
    H6584
    and stood
    H5975
    in the entering
    H6607
    of the gate
    H8179
    of the city:
    H5892
    and the two
    H8147
    other companies
    H7218
    ran upon
    H6584
    all the people that were in the fields,
    H7704
    and slew
    H5221
    them.
  45. 45. And Abimelech
    H40
    fought
    H3898
    against the city
    H5892
    all that day;
    H3117
    and he took
    H3920
    the city,
    H5892
    and slew
    H2026
    the people
    H5971
    that was therein, and beat down
    H5422
    the city,
    H5892
    and sowed
    H2232
    it with salt.
    H4417
  46. 46. And when all the men
    H1167
    of the tower
    H4026
    of Shechem
    H7927
    heard
    H8085
    that, they entered
    H935
    into an hold
    H6877
    of the house
    H1004
    of the god
    H410
    Berith.
    H1286
  47. 47. And it was told
    H5046
    Abimelech,
    H40
    that all the men
    H1167
    of the tower
    H4026
    of Shechem
    H7927
    were gathered together.
    H6908
  48. 48. And Abimelech
    H40
    gat him up
    H5927
    to mount
    H2022
    Zalmon,
    H6756
    he and all the people
    H5971
    that were with him; and Abimelech
    H40
    took
    H3947
    an axe
    H7134
    in his hand,
    H3027
    and cut down
    H3772
    a bough
    H7754
    from the trees,
    H6086
    and took
    H5375
    it, and laid
    H7760
    it on his shoulder,
    H7926
    and said
    H559
    unto the people
    H5971
    that were with him, What ye have seen
    H7200
    me do,
    H6213
    make haste,
    H4116
    and do
    H6213
    as I
    H3644
    have done.
  49. 49. And all the people
    H5971
    likewise cut down
    H3772
    every man
    H376
    his bough,
    H7754
    and followed
    H3212
    H310
    Abimelech,
    H40
    and put
    H7760
    them to the hold,
    H6877
    and set
    H3341
    the hold
    H6877
    on fire
    H784
    upon them; so that all the men
    H582
    of the tower
    H4026
    of Shechem
    H7927
    died
    H4191
    also, about a thousand
    H505
    men
    H376
    and women.
    H802
  50. 50. Then went
    H3212
    Abimelech
    H40
    to Thebez,
    H8405
    and encamped
    H2583
    against Thebez,
    H8405
    and took
    H3920
    it.
  51. 51. But there was a strong
    H5797
    tower
    H4026
    within
    H8432
    the city,
    H5892
    and thither fled
    H5127
    all the men
    H582
    and women,
    H802
    and all they
    H1167
    of the city,
    H5892
    and shut
    H5462
    it to them, and gat them up
    H5927
    to the top
    H1406
    of the tower.
    H4026
  52. 52. And Abimelech
    H40
    came
    H935
    unto the tower,
    H4026
    and fought
    H3898
    against it, and went hard
    H5066
    unto the door
    H6607
    of the tower
    H4026
    to burn
    H8313
    it with fire.
    H784
  53. 53. And a certain
    H259
    woman
    H802
    cast
    H7993
    a piece
    H6400
    of a millstone
    H7393
    upon Abimelech's
    H40
    head,
    H7218
    and all to brake
    H7533
    his skull.
    H1538
  54. 54. Then he called
    H7121
    hastily
    H4120
    unto the young man
    H5288
    his armourbearer,
    H5375
    H3627
    and said
    H559
    unto him, Draw
    H8025
    thy sword,
    H2719
    and slay
    H4191
    me, that men say
    H559
    not of me, A woman
    H802
    slew
    H2026
    him. And his young man
    H5288
    thrust him through,
    H1856
    and he died.
    H4191
  55. 55. And when the men
    H376
    of Israel
    H3478
    saw
    H7200
    that Abimelech
    H40
    was dead,
    H4191
    they departed
    H3212
    every man
    H376
    unto his place.
    H4725
  56. 56. Thus God
    H430
    rendered
    H7725
    the wickedness
    H7451
    of Abimelech,
    H40
    which he did
    H6213
    unto his father,
    H1
    in slaying
    H2026
    his seventy
    H7657
    brethren:
    H251
  57. 57. And all the evil
    H7451
    of the men
    H582
    of Shechem
    H7927
    did God
    H430
    render
    H7725
    upon their heads:
    H7218
    and upon them came
    H935
    the curse
    H7045
    of Jotham
    H3147
    the son
    H1121
    of Jerubbaal.
    H3378

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