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They paid him seventy silver shekels out of the temple of Baal Berith. Abimelech then used the silver to hire some lawless, dangerous[a] men as his followers.[b] He went to his father’s home in Ophrah and murdered his half brothers,[c] the seventy legitimate[d] sons of Jerub Baal, on one stone. Only Jotham, Jerub Baal’s youngest son, escaped,[e] because he hid. All the leaders of Shechem and Beth Millo assembled and then went and made Abimelech king by the oak near the pillar[f] in Shechem.

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  1. Judges 9:4 tn Heb “empty and reckless.”
  2. Judges 9:4 tn Heb “and they followed him.”
  3. Judges 9:5 tn Heb “his brothers.”
  4. Judges 9:5 tn The word “legitimate” is not in the Hebrew text, but is supplied in the translation for clarification.
  5. Judges 9:5 tn Heb “remained.”
  6. Judges 9:6 tc The translation assumes that the form in the Hebrew text (מֻצָּב, mutsav) should be מַצֵּבָה (matsevah, “pillar”). The reference is probably to a pagan object of worship (cf. LXX).

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