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They gave him seventy silver coins[a] from the temple of Baal-Berith. Abimelek hired unprincipled and undisciplined men, and they followed him. He went to his father’s house at Ophrah and killed his brothers, the seventy sons of Jerub-Baal, on a single stone. Yet Jotham, the youngest son of Jerub-Baal, survived because he hid himself. All the leaders of Shechem and everyone from Beth Millo gathered together by the oak near the pillar in Shechem to make Abimelek king.

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  1. Judges 9:4 About 1¾ pounds, or 800 grams.

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