16 “Now therefore, if you have dealt in [a]truth and integrity in making Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and [b]have dealt with him [c]as he deserved—17 for my father fought for you and [d]risked his life and delivered you from the hand of Midian;18 but you have risen against my father’s house today and have killed his sons, seventy men, on one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your [e]relative—19 if then you have dealt in [f]truth and integrity with Jerubbaal and his house this day, rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you.20 But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech and consume the men of Shechem and [g]Beth-millo; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem and from [h]Beth-millo, and consume Abimelech.”21 Then Jotham escaped and fled, and went to Beer and remained there because of Abimelech his brother.
Shechem and Abimelech Fall
22 Now Abimelech ruled over Israel three years.23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech,24 so that the violence [i]done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood might be laid on Abimelech their brother, who killed them, and on the men of Shechem, who strengthened his hands to kill his brothers.25 The men of Shechem set [j]men in ambush against him on the tops of the mountains, and they robbed all who might pass by them along the road; and it was told to Abimelech.
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