Judges 9:29
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New International Version
If only this people were under my command! Then I would get rid of him. I would say to Abimelek, 'Call out your whole army!'"

New Living Translation
If I were in charge here, I would get rid of Abimelech. I would say to him, 'Get some soldiers, and come out and fight!'"

English Standard Version
Would that this people were under my hand! Then I would remove Abimelech. I would say to Abimelech, ‘Increase your army, and come out.’”

New American Standard Bible
"Would, therefore, that this people were under my authority! Then I would remove Abimelech." And he said to Abimelech, "Increase your army and come out."

King James Bible
And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only these people were in my power, I would remove Abimelech." So he said to Abimelech, "Gather your army and come out."

International Standard Version
If only authority over this people were given to me. Then I would remove Abimelech!" Then he challenged Abimelech: "Build up your army and then come out and fight!"

NET Bible
If only these men were under my command, I would get rid of Abimelech!" He challenged Abimelech, "Muster your army and come out for battle!"

New Heart English Bible
Would that this people were under my hand. Then I would remove Abimelech. I would say to Abimelech, "Increase your army, and come out."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How I wish I controlled these people! Then I'd get rid of Abimelech. I would tell him, 'Get yourself a big army and come out.' "

JPS Tanakh 1917
And would that this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech.' And he said to Abimelech: 'Increase thine army, and come out.'

New American Standard 1977
“Would, therefore, that this people were under my authority! Then I would remove Abimelech.” And he said to Abimelech, “Increase your army, and come out.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
If these people were under my hand, then I would remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army and come out.

King James 2000 Bible
And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase your army, and come out.

American King James Version
And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase your army, and come out.

American Standard Version
And would that this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Would to God that some man would put this people under my hand, that I might remove Abimelech out of the way. And it was said to Abimelech: Gather together the multitude of an army, and come.

Darby Bible Translation
Oh! would that this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out.

English Revised Version
And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out.

Webster's Bible Translation
And would that this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thy army, and come out.

World English Bible
Would that this people were under my hand! Then I would remove Abimelech." He said to Abimelech, "Increase your army, and come out!"

Young's Literal Translation
and oh that this people were in my hand -- then I turn Abimelech aside;' and he saith to Abimelech, 'Increase thy host, and come out.'
Study Bible
Gaal Conspires with the Shechemites
28Then Gaal the son of Ebed said, "Who is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we should serve him? Is he not the son of Jerubbaal, and is Zebul not his lieutenant? Serve the men of Hamor the father of Shechem; but why should we serve him? 29"Would, therefore, that this people were under my authority! Then I would remove Abimelech." And he said to Abimelech, "Increase your army and come out." 30When Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger burned.…
Cross References
Judges 9:30
When Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger burned.

2 Samuel 15:4
Moreover, Absalom would say, "Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has any suit or cause could come to me and I would give him justice."
Treasury of Scripture

And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase your army, and come out.

would to God. The very words and conduct of a sly, hypocritical demagogue

2 Samuel 15:4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that …

1 Kings 20:11 And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that …

Psalm 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, and blesses the covetous, …

Romans 1:30,31 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors …

And he said. Rather, and I would say to Abimelech, as the LXX renders; for as Dr. Wall observes, this was probably not said in the presence of Abimelech; but at an intemperate feast, in his absence, when he boasted he would challenge him. increase thine army

2 Samuel 2:14-17 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before …

2 Kings 14:8 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz son …

2 Kings 18:23 Now therefore, I pray you, give pledges to my lord the king of Assyria, …

Isaiah 36:8,9 Now therefore give pledges, I pray you, to my master the king of …

(29) Would to God this people were under my hand !--Comp. 2Samuel 15:4.

And he said to Abimelech.--The "he said" may be the impersonal idiom (comp. Joshua 7:26, &c.), meaning "it was told" (Vulg., Dictum est). It is less likely that "he" means Zebul, or that it is Gaal's drunken vaunt to the absent Abimelech. Another reading is, "And I would say to Abimelech," &c.

Verse 29. - And would to God, etc., i.e. "If you will only trust me as your leader, I will soon remove Abimelech, and then you can have a national government." It seems that the people at once closed with his offer, and, thus emboldened, he sent a challenge to Abimelech to come out and fight him. And would to God this people were under my hand,.... Or government, that I were but the ruler of their city, and general of their forces:

then would I remove Abimelech; from his kingly office, and rid Shechem of him, and all the country round about, and indeed remove him out of the world:

and he said to Abimelech; as if he was present, in a hectoring and blustering manner; or he said what follows to his officer under him, that represented him; or he sent a messenger to him, saying:

increase thine army, and come out; bidding him defiance, challenging him to come into the open field and fight him, and bring as many forces along with him as he could or would, not doubting but he should be a match for him; and the men of Shechem would see they had nothing to fear from him, having such a man as Gaal at the head of them; this he said to engage the Shechemites to make him their ruler. 9:22-29 Abimelech is seated in the throne his father refused. But how long does this glory last? Stay but three years, and see the bramble withered and burned. The prosperity of the wicked is short and fickle. The Shechemites are plagued by no other hand than Abimelech's. They raised him unjustly to the throne; they first feel the weight of his sceptre.
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