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Judges 9:4-6 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

So the leaders of Shechem gave Abimelech 70 pieces of silver. That silver was from the temple of the god Baal Berith. Abimelech used the silver to hire some men. These men were worthless, reckless men. They followed Abimelech wherever he went.

Abimelech went to his father’s house at Ophrah and murdered his brothers. He killed the 70 sons of his father Gideon. He killed them all at the same time,[a] but Gideon’s youngest son hid from Abimelech and escaped. The youngest son’s name was Jotham.

Then all the leaders in Shechem and the house of Millo[b] came together. Everyone gathered beside the big tree of the pillar in Shechem and made Abimelech their king.


  1. Judges 9:5 all at the same time Literally, “on one stone.” Also in verse 18.
  2. Judges 9:6 Millo This was probably a well-protected part of the city, perhaps even the palace area. It might have been in the city itself or somewhere near the city.
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Judges 9:4-6 New International Version (NIV)

They gave him seventy shekels[a] of silver from the temple of Baal-Berith, and Abimelek used it to hire reckless scoundrels, who became his followers. He went to his father’s home in Ophrah and on one stone murdered his seventy brothers, the sons of Jerub-Baal. But Jotham, the youngest son of Jerub-Baal, escaped by hiding. Then all the citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo gathered beside the great tree at the pillar in Shechem to crown Abimelek king.


  1. Judges 9:4 That is, about 1 3/4 pounds or about 800 grams
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