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1. Shechem Rebels against Abimelech
Today's Passage: Judges 9:22-57
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Cause and Effect
22. After Abimelech had ruled over Israel for three years,
23. God sent a spirit that stirred up trouble between Abimelech and the leading citizens of Shechem, and they revolted.
24. God was punishing Abimelech for murdering Gideon's seventy sons, and the citizens of Shechem for supporting him in this treachery of murdering his brothers.
25. The citizens of Shechem set an ambush for Abimelech on the hilltops and robbed everyone who passed that way. But someone warned Abimelech about their plot.
26. One day Gaal son of Ebed moved to Shechem with his brothers and gained the confidence of the leading citizens of Shechem.
27. During the annual harvest festival at Shechem, held in the temple of the local god, the wine flowed freely, and everyne began cursing Abimelech.
28. "Who is Abimelech?" Gaal shouted. "He's no true son of Shechem, so why should we be his servants? He's merely the son of Gideon, and this Zebul is merely his deputy. Serve the true sons of Hamor, the founder of Shechem. Why should we serve Abimelech?
29. If I were in charge here, I would get rid of Abimelech. I would say to him, 'Get some soldiers, and come out and fight!'"
30. But when Zebul, the leader of hte city heard what Gaal was saying, he was furious.
31. 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.
32. Come by night with an army and hide out in the fields.
33. In the morning, as soon as it is daylight, attack the city. When Gaal and those who are with him come out against you, you can do with them as you wish."
34. So Abimelech and all his men went by night and split into four groups, stationing themselves around Shechem.
35. Gaal was standing at the city gates when Abimelech and his army came out of hiding.
36. When Gaal saw them, he said to Zabul, "Look, there are people coming down from the hilltops!"
Zebul replied, "It's just the shadows on the hills that look like men."
37. But again Gaal said, "No, people are coming down from the hills. And another group is coming down the road past the Diviners' Oak."
38. Then Zebul turned on him and asked "Now where is that big mouth of yours? 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!"
39. So Gaal led the leading citizens of Shechem into battle against Abimelech.
40. But Abimelech chased him, and many fell along the road as they retreated to the city gate.
41. Abimelech returned to Arumah, and Zebul drove Gaal and his brothers out of Schechem.
42. The next day the people of Shechem went out into the fields to battle. When Abimelech heard about it,
43. 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.
44. 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.
45. 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.
46. When the leading citizens who lived in the tower of Shechem heard what had happened, they ran and hid in the temple of Baal-berith.
47. Someone reported to Abimelech that the citizens had gathered in the temple.
48. So he led his forces to Mount Zalmon. He took an ax and chopped some branches from a tree, then put them on his shoulder. "Quick, do as I have done!" he told his men.
49. 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 1,000 men and women.
50. Then Abimelech attacked the town of Thebez and captured it.
51. But there was a strong tower inside the town, and all the men and women — the entire population — fled to it. They barricaded themselves in and climbed up to the roof of the tower.
52. Abimelech followed them to attach the tower. But as he prepared to set fire to the entrance,
53. a woman on the roof dropped a millstone that landed on Abimelech's head and crushed his skull.
54. He quickly said to his young armor bearer, "Draw your sword and kill me! Don't let it be said that a woman killed Abimelech!" So the young man ran him through with his sword, and he died.
55. When Abimelech's men saw that he was dead, they disbanded and returned to their homes.
56. In this way, God punished Abimelech for the evil he had done against his father by murdering his seventy brothers.
57. God also punished the men of Shcchem for all their evil. So the curse of Jotham son of Gideon was fulfilled.
Judges 9:22-57 NLT
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