The Bible in Its Traditions

Judges 9:50–57

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50  Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it.

50  And they cut down likewise even every man a branch, and went after Abimelech, and laid them against the place of gathering, and burnt the place of gathering over them with fire; and they died, even all the men of the tower of Sicima, about a thousand men and women.

50  And so, eagerly cutting down branches from the trees, they followed their leader. And surrounding the fortified place, they set it on fire. And so it happened that, by smoke and fire, one thousand persons died, men and women together, the occupants of the tower of Shechem.

51  But there was a strong tower within the city, and thither fled all the men and women, even all they of the city, and shut themselves in, and got them up to the roof of the tower.

51  And Abimelech went out of Baethel-berith, and encamped against Thebes, and took it.

51  Then Abimelech, setting out from there, arrived at the town of Thebez, which he surrounded and besieged with his army.

52  And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and went close unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

52  And there was a strong tower in the midst of the city; and thither all the men and the women of the city fled, and shut the door without them, and went up on the roof of the tower.

52  Now there was, in the midst of the city, a high tower, to which men and women were fleeing together, with all the leaders of the city. And, having very strongly sealed the gate, they were standing on the roof of the tower to defend themselves.

53  And a certain woman cast an upper millstone upon Abimelech's head, and broke his skull.

53  And Abimelech drew near to the tower, and they besieged it; and Abimelech drew near to the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

53  And Abimelech, drawing near the tower, fought valiantly. And approaching the gate, he strove to set it on fire.

54  Then he called hastily unto the young man his armour-bearer, and said unto him: 'Draw thy sword, and kill me, that men say not of me: A woman slew him.' And his young man thrust him through, and he died.

54  And a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon the head of Abimelech, and broke his skull.

54  And behold, one woman, throwing a fragment of a millstone from above, struck the head of Abimelech, and broke his skull.

55  And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed every man unto his place.

55  And he cried out quickly to the young man his armour-bearer, and said to him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, lest at any time they should say, A woman slew him: and his young man thrust him through and he died.

55  And he quickly called to his armor bearer, and said to him, “Draw your sword and strike me, otherwise it may be said that I was slain by a woman.” And, doing as he was ordered, he killed him.

56  Thus God requited the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren;

56  And the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead; and they went each to his place.

56  And when he was dead, all those of Israel who were with him returned to their homes.

57  and all the wickedness of the men of Shechem did God requite upon their heads; and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.

57  So God requited the wickedness of Abimelech, which he wrought against his father, in slaying his seventy brethren.

57  And so did God repay the evil that Abimelech had done against his father by killing his seventy brothers.