So they gave him 70 pieces of silver from the temple of Baal-berith.[a] Abimelech hired worthless and reckless men with this money, and they followed him. He went to his father’s house in Ophrah and killed his 70 brothers, the sons of Jerubbaal, on top of a large stone. But Jotham, the youngest son of Jerubbaal, survived, because he hid himself. Then all the lords 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. Judges 9:4 Lit Baal of the Covenant, or Lord of the Covenant

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