46 When all the leaders of the tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered the inner chamber of the [a]temple of El-berith.47 It was told Abimelech that all the leaders of the tower of Shechem were gathered together.48 So Abimelech went up to Mount Zalmon, he and all the people who were with him; and Abimelech took [b]an axe in his hand and cut down a branch from the trees, and lifted it and laid it on his shoulder. Then he said to the people who were with him, “What you have seen me do, hurry and do [c]likewise.”49 All the people also cut down each one his branch and followed Abimelech, and put them on the inner chamber and set the inner chamber on fire over those inside, so that all the men of the tower of Shechem also died, about a thousand men and women.
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