Judges 9:46
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New International Version
On hearing this, the citizens in the tower of Shechem went into the stronghold of the temple of El-Berith.

New Living Translation
When the leading citizens who lived in the tower of Shechem heard what had happened, they ran and hid in the temple of Baal-berith.

English Standard Version
When all the leaders of the Tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered the stronghold of the house of El-berith.

New American Standard Bible
When all the leaders of the tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered the inner chamber of the temple of El-berith.

King James Bible
And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that, they entered into an hold of the house of the god Berith.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When all the lords of the Tower of Shechem heard, they entered the inner chamber of the temple of El-berith.

International Standard Version
When all the "lords" at the tower of Shechem heard what had happened, they retreated into the inner chamber of the temple of El-berith.

NET Bible
When all the leaders of the Tower of Shechem heard the news, they went to the stronghold of the temple of El-Berith.

New Heart English Bible
And when all the lords of the Tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered into the stronghold of the house of El Berith.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All the citizens of Shechem's Tower heard about it and went into the basement of the temple of El Berith.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard thereof, they entered into the hold of the house of El-berith.

New American Standard 1977
When all the leaders of the tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered the inner chamber of the temple of El-berith.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when those of the tower of Shechem heard that, they entered into the stronghold of the temple of the god Berith.

King James 2000 Bible
And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that, they entered into a stronghold of the house of the god Berith.

American King James Version
And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that, they entered into an hold of the house of the god Berith.

American Standard Version
And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard thereof, they entered into the stronghold of the house of Elberith.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when they who dwelt in the tower of Sichem had heard this, they went into the temple of their god Berith where they had made a covenant with him, and from thence the place had taken its name, and it was exceeding strong.

Darby Bible Translation
And all the men of the tower of Shechem heard [that], and they entered into the stronghold of the house of the god Berith.

English Revised Version
And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard thereof, they entered into the hold of the house of El-berith.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that, they entered into a hold of the house of the god Berith.

World English Bible
When all the men of the tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered into the stronghold of the house of Elberith.

Young's Literal Translation
And all the masters of the tower of Shechem hear, and go in unto the high place of the house of the god Berith,
Study Bible
Abimelech Sows the City with Salt
45Abimelech fought against the city all that day, and he captured the city and killed the people who were in it; then he razed the city and sowed it with salt. 46When all the leaders of the tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered the inner chamber of the temple of El-berith. 47It was told Abimelech that all the leaders of the tower of Shechem were gathered together.…
Cross References
Judges 8:33
Then it came about, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the sons of Israel again played the harlot with the Baals, and made Baal-berith their god.

Judges 9:27
They went out into the field and gathered the grapes of their vineyards and trod them, and held a festival; and they went into the house of their god, and ate and drank and cursed Abimelech.

Judges 9:47
It was told Abimelech that all the leaders of the tower of Shechem were gathered together.
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(46) The men of the tower of Shechem.--Evidently the garrison of the house of Millo (Judges 9:6).

Entered into an hold.--The word for "hold" occurs in 1Samuel 13:6 ("high place"). The LXX. render it "a fortress" (ochuroma); Luther, "Festung." In the thiopic Version of Mark 16:15 a similar word is used for "upper room." The Vulg. has, "They entered the fane of their god Berith, where they had made their league with him, and from this the place had received its name, and it was strongly fortified."

Of the house of the god Berith.--Similarly. Arcesilas burnt the Cyrenns in a tower (Herod. iv. 164), and in 1 Maccabees 5:43 the defeated enemy fly for refuge to the temple of Ashtaroth in Karnaim, which Judas takes and burns.

Verse 46. - The men of the tower of Sechem. The tower of Shechem is no doubt the same fortified building as was spoken of in vers. 6 and 20 by the name of the house of Millo (see note to ver. 6). An, or rather the, hold. The word so rendered occurs elsewhere only in 1 Samuel 13:6, where it is rendered high places, and is coupled with caves, thickets, rocks, and pits, as one of the hiding-places of the Israelites from the Philistines. It was probably some kind of keep built on an eminence, and the place where the treasure of the temple was kept (ver. 4). It appears from the narrative that the tower of Shechem, or house of Millo, was not actually part of Shechem, nor immediately contiguous, since the report of the capture of Shechem had to be carried thither. The god Berith. It should rather be El-berith, the same as Baal-berith in ver. 4 - El, i.e. god, being substituted for Baal. And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that,.... That the city of Shechem was taken, the inhabitants of it slain, the city beaten down, and sowed with salt; by which it appears that this tower was not within the city, for then the men of it would have seen what was done, and not be said only to hear it; though it was not far from it, and possessed by Shechemites, and whither some of the principal inhabitants had now fled for safety; perhaps it is the same with the house of Millo, and so that part of Jotham's curse, which respected that, had now its accomplishment, otherwise no account is given of it:

they entered into an hold of the house of the god Berith; not thinking themselves safe enough in the tower, they betook themselves to the temple of Baalberith their god, see Judges 9:4 which was a strong fortified place, as temples often were; or however had a strong hold belonging to it, and hither they fled, either because of the greater strength of the place, or because of the sanctity of it, and imagining Abimelech would not destroy it on that account; and the rather, because of the supply he had from it, which enabled him to raise himself to the government of Israel. 9:30-49 Abimelech intended to punish the Schechemites for slighting him now, but God punished them for their serving him formerly in the murder of Gideon's sons. When God uses men as instruments in his hand to do his work, he means one thing, and they another. That, which they hoped would have been for their welfare, proved a snare and a trap, as those will certainly find, who run to idols for shelter; such will prove a refuge of lies.
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