Judges 9:21
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New International Version
Then Jotham fled, escaping to Beer, and he lived there because he was afraid of his brother Abimelek.

New Living Translation
Then Jotham escaped and lived in Beer because he was afraid of his brother Abimelech.

English Standard Version
And Jotham ran away and fled and went to Beer and lived there, because of Abimelech his brother.

New American Standard Bible
Then Jotham escaped and fled, and went to Beer and remained there because of Abimelech his brother.

King James Bible
And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Jotham fled, escaping to Beer, and lived there because of his brother Abimelech.

International Standard Version
Then Jotham escaped by running away. He went to Beer and remained there because of his brother Abimelech.

NET Bible
Then Jotham ran away to Beer and lived there to escape from Abimelech his half-brother.

New Heart English Bible
And Jotham escaped and fled and went to Beer and lived there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Jotham ran away quickly. He went to Beerah and lived there [to avoid] his brother Abimelech.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

New American Standard 1977
Then Jotham escaped and fled, and went to Beer and remained there because of Abimelech his brother.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jotham ran away and fled and went to Beer and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

American King James Version
And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelled there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

American Standard Version
And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he had said thus he fled, and went into Bera: and dwelt there for fear of Abimelech his brother.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, because of Abimelech his brother.

English Revised Version
And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

World English Bible
Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and lived there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jotham hasteth, and fleeth, and goeth to Beer, and dwelleth there, from the face of Abimelech his brother.
Study Bible
Jotham's Parable
20"But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech and consume the men of Shechem and Beth-millo; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem and from Beth-millo, and consume Abimelech." 21Then Jotham escaped and fled, and went to Beer and remained there because of Abimelech his brother. 22Now Abimelech ruled over Israel three years.…
Cross References
Judges 9:20
"But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech and consume the men of Shechem and Beth-millo; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem and from Beth-millo, and consume Abimelech."

Judges 9:22
Now Abimelech ruled over Israel three years.
Treasury of Scripture

And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelled there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

Beer. Probably the Beer mentioned by Mr. Maundrell, three hours and a half, or about ten miles, north of Jerusalem, towards Shechem. It is situated toward the south, on an easy declivity; and has a fountain of excellent water at the bottom of the hill, from which it has taken its name. Close to the well are the mouldering walls of a ruined khan; and on the summit of the hill two large arches still remain of a ruined convent. Dr. Richardson says, that it seems to have been once a place of considerable consequence.

Numbers 21:16 And from there they went to Beer: that is the well whereof the LORD …

Joshua 19:8 And all the villages that were round about these cities to Baalathbeer, …

2 Samuel 20:14 And he went through all the tribes of Israel to Abel, and to Bethmaachah, …

(21) Went to Beer.--Since Beer means a "well," it. was naturally a very common name in Palestine. There is nothing to show with certainty whether this Beer is Beeroth in Benjamin (Joshua 9:17), now el Bireh, about. six miles north of Jerusalem (see my Life of Christ, i. 73), or the el Bireh which lies on the road from Shechem to Askalon, or the el Bireh near Endor. Probably Jotham would be safe anywhere in the territories of Judah or Benjamin, without going, as Ewald supposes, to the Beer of Numbers 21:16, on the frontiers of Moab, an ancient sanctuary on the other side of the Jordan, possibly the Beer-elim (palm-well) of Isaiah 15:8.

For fear of Abimelech.--Literally, from the face of Abimelech.

Verse 21. - Jotham ran away. Being close to the top of Gerizim, Jotham had the open country before him. It would take the men of Shechem twenty minutes to ascend the hill, by which time Jotham would be out of sight, and two or three miles on his way. Beer, to which he fled, is thought to be either the same as Beeroth, among the heights of the tribe of Benjamin (Joshua 9:17), now El-Birch, "the first halting-place for caravans on the northern road from Jerusalem" ('Sinai and Palestine,' p. 210); or a place called by Eusebius Beta, now El-Birch, eight Roman miles from Eleutheropolis (now Beit Jibrin), and possibly the same as the place of the same name described by Maundrell as four hours from Jerusalem, and two hours west of Bethel; or, as Ewald thinks, Beer beyond Jordan (Numbers 21:16). It is impossible to decide which, or whether any, of these is the place designated as Jotham s place of refuge.

CHAPTER 9:22-57 And Jotham ran away, and fled,.... Having delivered his fable, and the application of it, he made his escape, having the advantage of being on the top of a mountain, at some distance from the people, and perhaps they might not be inclined to do him any harm:

and went to Beer; which some take to be the same with Baalathbeer in the tribe of Simeon, Joshua 19:8 Jerom (f) says, the village Bera, whither Jotham fled, is eight miles from Eleutheropolis to the north; but Mr. Maundrell (g), who was in those parts in 1697, gives us a better account of it; and, according to him, it is about two hours and a half's travel from Bethel to it, and three hours and one third from it to Jerusalem; Beer, he says, enjoys a very pleasant situation, on an easy declivity, fronting southward; at the bottom of the hill it has a plentiful fountain of excellent water, from which it had its name:

and dwelt there for fear of Abimelech his brother; how long he dwelt there is not certain, and we hear no more of him after this, Josephus says (h) he lay hid in the mountains three years for fear of Abimelech, which perhaps he concluded from Abimelech's reigning three years, as follows.

(f) De loc. Heb. fol. 89. I((g) Journey from Aleppo, &c. p. 64, 66. (h) Antiqu. l. 5. c. 7. sect. 2.21. Joatham … went to Beer—the modern village El-Bireh, on the ridge which bounds the northern prospect of Jerusalem.9:7-21 There was no occasion for the trees to choose a king, they are all the trees of the Lord which he has planted. Nor was there any occasion for Israel to set a king over them, for the Lord was their King. Those who bear fruit for the public good, are justly respected and honoured by all that are wise, more than those who merely make a figure. All these fruit-trees gave much the same reason for their refusal to be promoted over the trees; or, as the margin reads it, to go up and down for the trees. To rule, involves a man in a great deal both of toil and care. Those who are preferred to public trust and power, must forego all private interests and advantages, for the good of others. And those advanced to honour and dignity, are in great danger of losing their fruitfulness. For which reason, they that desire to do good, are afraid of being too great. Jotham compares Abimelech to the bramble or thistle, a worthless plant, whose end is to be burned. Such a one was Abimelech.
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