Contemporary English Version
Abimelech used the silver to hire a gang of rough soldiers who would do anything for money. 5 Abimelech and his soldiers went to his father’s home in Ophrah and brought out Gideon’s other sons to a large rock, where they murdered all seventy. Gideon’s youngest son Jotham hid from the soldiers, but he was the only one who escaped.Read full chapter
- 9.4 seventy pieces: About 28 ounces.
- 9.4 Baal Berith: See the note at 8.33.
- 9.6 including the priests and the military officers: The Hebrew text has “and the Millo house,” another name for the temple of Baal Berith. It probably also served as a military fortress.
- 9.6 tree. . . rock: One ancient translation; Hebrew “propped-up sacred tree.”