And they gave him seventy pieces of silver out of the house of Baal-Berith, wherewith Abimelech hired [a]vain and light fellows which followed him.

And he went unto his father’s house at Ophrah, and [b]slew his brethren, the sons of Jerubbaal, about seventy persons upon one stone: yet Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left: for he hid himself.

¶ And all the men of Shechem gathered together with all the house of [c]Millo, and came and made Abimelech King in the plain, where the stone was erected in Shechem.

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  1. Judges 9:4 Or, idle fellows and vagabonds.
  2. Judges 9:5 Thus tyrants to establish their usurped power, spare not the innocent blood, 2 Kings 10:7; 2 Chron. 21:4.
  3. Judges 9:6 Which was as the town house, or common hall, which he calleth the tower of Shechem, verse 49.

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