Shechem

Shechem

 
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  • But if you have not acted in good faith, then may fire come out from Abimelech and devour the people of Shechem and Beth-millo; and may fire come out from the people of Shechem and Beth-millo and devour Abimelech!" - Judges 9:20


  • 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


  • At that time Gaal son of Ebed moved to Shechem with his brothers and gained the confidence of the people of Shechem. - Judges 9:26


  • 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


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


  • but he was defeated and ran away. Many of Shechem's warriors were killed, and the ground was covered with dead bodies all the way to the city gate. - Judges 9:40


  • 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


  • 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


  • When the people who lived in the tower of Shechem heard what had happened, they took refuge within the walls of the temple of Baal-berith.*3 - Judges 9:46


  • So each of them cut down some branches, following Abimelech's example. They piled the branches against the walls of the temple and set them on fire. So all the people who had lived in the tower of Shechem died, about a thousand men and women. - Judges 9:49


  • God also punished the men of Shechem for all their evil. So the curse of Jotham son of Gideon came true. - Judges 9:57
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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