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2 Say, I pray you, in the hearing of all the men of Shechem, Which is better for you: that all seventy of the sons of Jerubbaal reign over you, or that one man rule over you? Remember also that I am your bone and your flesh. 3 And his mother's kinsmen spoke all these words concerning him in the hearing of all the men of Shechem, and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech, for they said, He is our brother. 4 And they gave him seventy pieces of silver out of the house of Baal-berith, with which Abimelech hired worthless and foolhardy men who followed him. 5 And he went to his father's house at Ophrah and slew his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy men, on one stone. But Jotham, the youngest son of Jerubbaal, was left, for he hid himself. 6 And all the men of Shechem gathered together and all of Beth-millo, and they went and made Abimelech king by the oak (terebinth) of the pillar at Shechem. 7 When it was told to Jotham, he went and stood at the top of Mount Gerizim and shouted to them, Hear me, men of Shechem, that God may hear you. 8 One time the trees went forth to anoint a king over them, and they said to the olive tree, Reign over us. 9 But the olive tree said to them, Should I leave my fatness, by which God and man are honored, and go to wave over the trees? 10 Then the trees said to the fig tree, You come and reign over us. 11 But the fig tree said to them, Should I leave my sweetness and my good fruit and go to wave over the trees? 12 Then the trees said to the vine (grapevine), You come and reign over us. 13 And the vine (grapevine) replied, Should I leave my new wine, which rejoices God and man, and go to wave over the trees? 14 Then all the trees said to the bramble, You come and reign over us. 15 And the bramble said to the trees, If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon. 16 Now therefore, if you acted sincerely and honorably when you made Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house and have done to him as his deeds deserved-- 17 For my father fought for you, jeopardized his life, and rescued you from the hand of Midian; 18 And you have risen up against my father's house this day and have slain his sons, seventy men, on one stone and have made Abimelech, son of his maidservant, king over the people of Shechem because he is your kinsman-- 19 If you then have acted sincerely and honorably with Jerubbaal and his house this day, then rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you; 20 But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech and devour the people of Shechem and Beth-millo, and let fire come out from the people of Shechem and Beth-millo and devour Abimelech. 21 And Jotham ran away and fled, and went to Beer and dwelt there for fear of Abimelech his brother. 22 Abimelech reigned three years over Israel. 23 And God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem, and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech, 24 That the violence done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might come, and that their blood might be laid upon Abimelech their brother, who slew them, and upon the men of Shechem, who strengthened his hands to slay his brothers. 25 And the men of Shechem set men in ambush against on the mountaintops, and they robbed all who passed by them along that way; and it was told to Abimelech. 26 And Gaal son of Ebed came with his kinsmen and moved into Shechem, and the men of Shechem put confidence in him. 27 And they went out into the field, gathered their vineyard fruits and trod them, and held a festival; and going into the house of their god, they ate and drank and cursed Abimelech. 28 Gaal son of Ebed said, Who is Abimelech, and who are we of Shechem, that we should serve him? Were not the son of Jerubbaal and Zebul, his officer, servants of the men of Hamor the father and founder of Shechem? Then why should we serve him? 29 Would that this people were under my hand! Then would I remove Abimelech and say to him, Increase your army and come out. 30 When Zebul the city's mayor heard the words of Gaal son of Ebed, his anger was kindled. 31 And he sent messengers to Abimelech slyly, saying, Behold, Gaal son of Ebed and his kinsmen have come to Shechem; and behold, they stir up the city to rise against you. 32 Now therefore, rise up by night, you and the men with you, and lie in wait in the field. 33 Then in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, rise early and set upon the city; and when Gaal and the men with him come out against you, do to them as opportunity permits. 34 And Abimelech rose up by night, and all the men with him, and they laid in wait against Shechem in four companies. 35 And Gaal son of Ebed came out and stood in the entrance of the city's gate. Then Abimelech and the men with him rose up from ambush. 36 When Gaal saw the men, he said to Zebul, Look, men are coming down from the mountaintops! Zebul said to him, The shadow of the mountains looks to you like men. 37 And Gaal spoke again and said, See, men are coming down from the center of the land, and one company is coming from the direction of the oak of Meonenim . 38 Then said Zebul to Gaal, Where is your mouth now, you who said, Who is Abimelech, that we should serve him? Are not these the men whom you have despised? Go out now and fight with them. 39 And Gaal went out ahead of the men of Shechem and fought with Abimelech. 40 And Abimelech chased him, and he fled before him; and many fell wounded--even to the entrance of the gate. 41 And Abimelech lodged at Arumah, and Zebul thrust out Gaal and his kinsmen so that they could not live in Shechem. 42 The next day the men went out into the fields, and Abimelech was told. 43 He took his men and divided them into three companies and laid in wait in the field; and he looked and behold, the people were coming out of the city. And he rose up against them and smote them. 44 And Abimelech and the company with him rushed forward and stood in the entrance of the city's gate, while the two other companies rushed upon all who were in the field and slew them. 45 And Abimelech fought against the city all that day. He took the city and slew the people who were in it. He demolished the city and This strewing of salt over Shechem was not intended (even if Abimelech had been able to supply enough salt) actually to make the ground unfruitful; but it was a symbol of perpetual desolation, and a sign that Shechem never would be rebuilt. However, such a forecast of a city's fate made by a true prophet of God, or by the Lord Himself, was one thing. This forecast, symbolized by the wicked usurper Abimelech, was quite another thing. For Shechem was later rebuilt (I Kings 12:25), and so was denounced Jericho (I Kings 16:34; see also Josh. 6). But this is not true of Samaria (Mic. 1:6), or Nineveh (Nah. 1:9-12), or Ashkelon (Zeph. 2:4), or the cities of Edom (Ezek. 35:9), or Tyre (Ezek. 26:3, 14), or Chorazin, or Bethsaida, or Capernaum (Matt. 11:20, 21, 23). That these cities, as such, would never be rebuilt permanently was foretold on the authority and by order of God Himself. ``Sky and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away" (Matt. 24:35).sowed it with salt. 46 And when all the men of the Tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered the stronghold of the house of El-berith . 47 Abimelech was told that all the people of the Tower of Shechem were gathered together. 48 And Abimelech went up to Mount Zalmon, he and all the men with him; and Abimelech took an ax in his hand and cut down a bundle of brush, picked it up, and laid it on his shoulder. And he said to the men with him, What you have seen me do, make haste to do also. 49 So each of the men cut down his bundle and following Abimelech put it against the stronghold and set on fire over the people in it, so that all the people of the Tower of Shechem also died, about 1,000 men and women. 50 Then Abimelech went to Thebez and encamped against Thebez and took it. 51 But there was a strong tower in the city, and all the people of the city--men and women--fled to it, shut themselves in, and went to the roof of the tower. 52 And Abimelech came to the tower and fought against it and drew near the door of the tower to burn it with fire. 53 But a certain woman cast an upper millstone upon Abimelech's head and broke his skull. 54 Then he called hastily to the young man, his armor-bearer, and said to him, Draw your sword and slay me, so that men may not say of me, A woman slew him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died. 55 And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed each man to his home. 56 Thus God repaid the wickedness of Abimelech which he had done to his father by slaying his seventy brothers; 57 And all the wickedness of the men of Shechem God repaid upon their heads and caused to come upon them the curse of Jotham son of Jerubbaal.

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William R. Nabaza avatar
Ridge and rampart of Abimelech
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Mar, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD is the Source of all promotion not violence.
Scripture: Judges 9:6
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 185
suresh manoharan avatar
Shared by: suresh manoharan on Apr, 2015
Summary: Deriving lessons on three Christian cardinal doctrines of Justification, Evangelisation and Glorification from the natural realm...trees!!!
Scripture: Judges 9:1-21
Denomination: *other
Views: 314
Jeff Strite avatar
The Bad Judge
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Nov, 2014
Summary: God dedicated 57 verses to a wicked judge who ruled as king in Israel for about 3 years. Why would He do that? Is it possible the story of this evil man has something to us about how we should think as Christians?
Thomas Swope avatar
The Broad Street Bullies
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Jun, 2012
Summary: A study of the book of Judges 9: 1 – 57
Series: Judges
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Judges 9:1-57
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 2,100
Philip Harrelson avatar
The Wisdom of the Olive Tree
Shared by: Philip Harrelson on Jan, 2012
Summary: Some very valuable lessons come from looking at the traits of the ageless olive tree.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Judges 9:8-9
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 4,768
Johnny Wilson avatar
A Fable of Ambition
Shared by: Johnny Wilson on Aug, 2010
Summary: Gideon's failure appears to be ambition sneaking in after he made the right original decision that poisoned Abimelech's character. Jotham's fable is a cautionary tale.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Judges 8:22-9:57
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,730
Jerry Shirley avatar
From Bad to Worse
Shared by: Jerry Shirley on Feb, 2010
Summary: Corrupt Leadership: America in her prosperity has been given much but done so little with it...and now it appears God may be taking the prosperity away. Link inc. to formatted text, audio/video, PowerPoint.
based on 40 ratings
Scripture: Judges 9:1-10:18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 6,633
Jerry Shirley avatar
Parable of the Trees
Shared by: Jerry Shirley on Feb, 2010
Summary: Here is the first parable in the Bible, and it is about America in these last days just as it was about Israel in those days. 3 steps in the decline of a nation. Link inc. to formatted text, audio/video, PowerPoint.
based on 122 ratings
Scripture: Judges 9:8-15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 12,921
Joseph Smith avatar
Bramble for President!
Shared by: Joseph Smith on Feb, 2010
Summary: The politician who sells out to special interests and who has no regard for life is not worthy of our loyalty. We need to get involved in the political process with a servant mentality.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Judges 9:1-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,193
Bruce Rzengota avatar
Abimelech: Who’s in Charge
Shared by: Bruce Rzengota on Dec, 2009
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Judges 9:1-57
Views: 1,652
c vincent avatar
Shared by: c vincent on Jul, 2009
Summary: A man who wanted leadership
Series: Judges
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: Judges 9:7-15
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 3,546
Ben Thomas avatar
I wanted to be the king
Shared by: Ben Thomas on Nov, 2008
Summary: There was a need of leadership and many trees desired and boast that they are the candidate. But God has a better plan about the leadership
Series: King
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Judges 9:7-15
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 1,964
Tom Fuller avatar
King Making - King Breaking
Shared by: Tom Fuller on Aug, 2007
Summary: Gideon shunned position but kept power, his son Abimelech had position but not power as both were ruled by the flesh and from the flesh reaped corruption. Learn how we can fall prey to that as Christians and how to avoid it.
Series: Judges
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Judges 8:1-9:57
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 2,070
Rick Stacy avatar
One Dangerous Desire
Shared by: Rick Stacy on Feb, 2006
Summary: 4th in series on Judges. This message is about Gideon and Abimelech and deals with the dangerous desire of recognition.
based on 14 ratings
Scripture: Judges 7:1-9:30
Views: 2,100
Todd Catteau avatar
Abimelech, a Bad Example
Shared by: Todd Catteau on Oct, 2005
Summary: Abimelech is a classic example of how selfishness and godless ambition lead us from God’s will for our lives.
based on 33 ratings
Scripture: Judges 9:1-56
Views: 5,668
Shawn Drake avatar
Destroyer Or Deliverer
Shared by: Shawn Drake on Apr, 2005
Summary: This is the 5th sermon in the series "Living In Times Of Spiritual Decay".
based on 21 ratings
Scripture: Judges 9:1-12:7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,060
Ed McNeely avatar
Beginning, Finishing, & Choosing
Shared by: Ed McNeely on Oct, 2004
Summary: Lessons from Gideon on living, serving and choosing our leaders: A guide for living and voting
based on 11 ratings
Scripture: Judges 8:1-9:20
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,939
Paul Fritz avatar
How to Avoid Internal Divisions
Shared by: Paul Fritz on Oct, 2000
Summary: Every family, organization and movement struggles with the problem of internal divisions. Many internal conflicts result from a struggle over control. If everyone learns to give the Lord control for whatever they are responsible for, many internal divisio
based on 55 ratings
Scripture: Judges 9:1-20
Views: 2,342
Robert Leroe avatar
Anti-Judge Abimelech
Shared by: Robert Leroe on Aug, 2002
Summary: The faith-response to corrupt leadership
Series: Judges
based on 81 ratings
Scripture: Judges 9:1-57
Denomination: Congregational
Views: 5,534
Guy Caley avatar
Right In Their Own Eyes
Shared by: Guy Caley on Dec, 2001
Summary: The story of Abimelech demonstrates the shortfalls of Human Wisdom.
Series: Judges
based on 58 ratings
Scripture: Judges 9:1-53
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 3,884
Daniel Becker avatar
Idols for Destruction
Shared by: Daniel Becker on Sep, 2001
Summary: President Bush’s Bible Reading for Sept 11 A mosiac of selections from various daily devotionals for Sept 11, 2001
based on 31 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 1,462