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  • God stirred up trouble* between Abimelech and the people of Shechem, and they revolted.4 - Judges 9:23

  • In the events that followed, God punished Abimelech and the men of Shechem for murdering Gideon's seventy sons. - Judges 9:24

  • The people of Shechem set an ambush for Abimelech on the hilltops and robbed everyone who passed that way. But someone warned Abimelech about their plot. - Judges 9:25

  • During the annual harvest festival at Shechem, held in the temple of the local god, the wine flowed freely, and everyone began cursing Abimelech. - Judges 9:27

  • "Who is Abimelech?" Gaal shouted. "He's not a true descendant of Shechem!* Why should we be Abimelech's servants? He's merely the son of Gideon, and Zebul is his administrator. Serve the men of Hamor, who are Shechem's true descendants. Why should we serve Abimelech?5 - Judges 9:28

  • If I were in charge, I would get rid of Abimelech. I would say* to him, `Get some more soldiers, and come out and fight!' "6 - Judges 9:29

  • He sent messengers to Abimelech in Arumah,* telling him, "Gaal son of Ebed and his brothers have come to live in Shechem, and now they are inciting the city to rebel against you.1 - Judges 9:31

  • So Abimelech and his men went by night and split into four groups, stationing themselves around Shechem. - Judges 9:34

  • Gaal was standing at the city gates when Abimelech and his army came out of hiding. - Judges 9:35

  • Then Zebul turned on him triumphantly. "Now where is that big mouth of yours?" he demanded. "Wasn't it you that said, `Who is Abimelech, and why should we be his servants?' The men you mocked are right outside the city! Go out and fight them!" - Judges 9:38

  • Gaal then led the men of Shechem into battle against Abimelech, - Judges 9:39

  • Abimelech stayed in Arumah, and Zebul drove Gaal and his brothers out of Shechem. - Judges 9:41

  • The next day the people of Shechem went out into the fields to battle. When Abimelech heard about it, - Judges 9:42

  • he divided his men into three groups and set an ambush in the fields. When Abimelech saw the people coming out of the city, he and his men jumped up from their hiding places and attacked them. - Judges 9:43

  • Abimelech and his group stormed the city gate to keep the men of Shechem from getting back in, while Abimelech's other two groups cut them down in the fields. - Judges 9:44

  • The battle went on all day before Abimelech finally captured the city. He killed the people, leveled the city, and scattered salt all over the ground. - Judges 9:45

  • Someone reported to Abimelech that the people were gathered together in the temple, - Judges 9:47
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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