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47 Abimilech was told that all of the “lords” of the Shechem Tower had assembled there. 48 So he[a] went up to Mount Zalmon, accompanied by his entire army. Abimelech had an axe in his hand, so he cut down a branch from a tree, lifted it up, and laid it on his shoulder. Then he told the army that had accompanied[b] him, “You’ve seen what I just did. Hurry up! Do the same thing!”

49 Then his entire army also cut down a branch for each soldier, followed Abimelech to the inner chamber, and set fire to it[c] while they were inside. As a result, all the men of the tower of Shechem died, including about a thousand men and women.

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  1. Judges 9:48 Lit. Abimelech
  2. Judges 9:48 The Heb. lacks had accompanied
  3. Judges 9:49 Lit. set the inner chamber