Daily Word OT

June 13, 2019

Judges 9:46-10:5

9:46 And when the lords of the tower of Shechem heard of it, they went to the stronghold of the house of El-berith.
9:47 And Abimelech was told that all the lords of the tower of Shechem had gathered together.
9:48 And Abimelech went up to Mount Zalmon, he and all the people who were with him. And Abimelech took an ax in his hand and cut down a tree limb. And he lifted it up and put it on his shoulder, and he said to the people who were with him, What you see me doing, hurry and do as I have done.
9:49 So all the people also cut down each a limb. And they followed after Abimelech and set the limbs against the stronghold. And they set the stronghold on fire over them, so that all the men of the tower of Shechem also died, about a thousand men and women.
9:50 Then Abimelech went to Thebez; and he encamped against Thebez and took it.
9:51 But there was a strong tower in the middle of the city; and all the men and women and all the lords of the city fled there and shut themselves in; and they went up to the roof of the tower.
9:52 And Abimelech came up to the tower and fought against it. And he came near the entrance of the tower to burn it with fire.
9:53 And a certain woman threw an upper millstone upon Abimelech’s head, and it cracked his skull.
9:54 Then he called immediately to the young man who bore his armor and said to him, Draw your sword and kill me; otherwise they will say concerning me, A woman slew him. And his young man pierced him through, and he died.
9:55 And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they went away, each to his own place.
9:56 And God repaid the evil of Abimelech, which he had done to his father by slaying his seventy brothers.
9:57 And God brought all the evil of the men of Shechem back upon their own heads, and the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal came upon them.
10:1 And after Abimelech Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, rose up to save Israel; and he dwelt in Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim.
10:2 And he judged Israel twenty-three years, and he died and was buried in Shamir.
10:3 And after him Jair the Gileadite rose up and judged Israel twenty-two years.
10:4 And he had thirty sons, who rode on thirty donkeys; and they had thirty cities (they are called Havvoth-jair to this day), which were in the land of Gilead.
10:5 And Jair died and was buried in Kamon.