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They gave him seventy silver coins from the temple of Baal-berith, which he used to hire some reckless troublemakers who agreed to follow him. He went to his father’s home at Ophrah, and there, on one stone, they killed all seventy of his half brothers, the sons of Gideon.[a] But the youngest brother, Jotham, escaped and hid.

Then all the leading citizens of Shechem and Beth-millo called a meeting under the oak beside the pillar[b] at Shechem and made Abimelech their king.

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Footnotes

  1. 9:5 Hebrew Jerub-baal (see 6:32); also in 9:16, 19, 28, 57.
  2. 9:6 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

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