So they gave him seventy pieces of silver from the temple of Baal-berith.[a] Abimelech used it to hire worthless and reckless men, and they followed him. He went to his father’s house in Ophrah and killed his seventy brothers, the sons of Jerubbaal, on top of a large stone. But Jotham, the youngest son of Jerubbaal, survived, because he hid. Then all the citizens of Shechem and of Beth-millo gathered together and proceeded to make Abimelech king at the oak of the pillar in Shechem.

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Footnotes

  1. 9:4 Lit Baal of the Covenant, or Lord of the Covenant

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