Judges 9:52
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New International Version
Abimelek went to the tower and attacked it. But as he approached the entrance to the tower to set it on fire,

New Living Translation
Abimelech followed them to attack the tower. But as he prepared to set fire to the entrance,

English Standard Version
And Abimelech came to the tower and fought against it and drew near to the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

New American Standard Bible
So Abimelech came to the tower and fought against it, and approached the entrance of the tower to burn it with fire.

King James Bible
And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and went hard unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Abimelech came to attack the tower, he approached its entrance to set it on fire.

International Standard Version
So Abimelech approached the tower, attacked it, and approached the tower's gate, intending to burn it down.

NET Bible
Abimelech came and attacked the tower. When he approached the entrance of the tower to set it on fire,

New Heart English Bible
Abimelech came to the tower, and fought against it, and drew near to the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Abimelech came to the tower. He began to fight against it and went near the entrance of the tower to burn it down.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and went close unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

New American Standard 1977
So Abimelech came to the tower and fought against it, and approached the entrance of the tower to burn it with fire.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Abimelech came to the tower, and fighting against it, he came to the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

King James 2000 Bible
And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and went near unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

American King James Version
And Abimelech came to the tower, and fought against it, and went hard to the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

American Standard Version
And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and drew near unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Abimelech coming near the tower, fought stoutly: and approaching to the gate, endeavoured to set fire to it:

Darby Bible Translation
And Abimelech came to the tower, and fought against it, and he drew near to the entrance of the tower to burn it with fire;

English Revised Version
And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and went hard unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Abimelech came to the tower, and fought against it, and came near to the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

World English Bible
Abimelech came to the tower, and fought against it, and drew near to the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

Young's Literal Translation
And Abimelech cometh unto the tower, and fighteth against it, and draweth nigh unto the opening of the tower to burn it with fire,
Study Bible
A Millstone Dropped on Abimelech
51But there was a strong tower in the center of the city, and all the men and women with all the leaders of the city fled there and shut themselves in; and they went up on the roof of the tower. 52So Abimelech came to the tower and fought against it, and approached the entrance of the tower to burn it with fire. 53But a certain woman threw an upper millstone on Abimelech's head, crushing his skull.…
Cross References
Judges 9:51
But there was a strong tower in the center of the city, and all the men and women with all the leaders of the city fled there and shut themselves in; and they went up on the roof of the tower.

Judges 9:53
But a certain woman threw an upper millstone on Abimelech's head, crushing his skull.
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(52) Went hard unto the door.--Hard, i.e., close. Like other bad men, Abimelech was not lacking in physical courage. He had all his father's impetuous energy. The peril of such rashness served the Israelites as a perpetual warning (2Samuel 11:21).

To burn it with fire.--He naturally anticipated another hideous success like that at Millo.

Verse 52. - To burn it with fire - encouraged by his success at the tower of Shechem. And Abimelech came unto the tower,.... With his army to besiege it:

and fought against it; using all the methods he could to oblige those in it to surrender:

and went hard unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire; in order to get entrance into it; and perhaps the tower was built of stone, so that no other part could be set fire to; and to do this he drew near to the door himself, for nothing more is meant by the phrase, "went hard", than drawing near in his own person to the door; hazarding his life in the enterprise, being so bent upon it, thinking to do by this tower what he had done to the hold of the temple of Baalberith. 9:50-57 The Shechemites were ruined by Abimelech; now he is reckoned with, who was their leader in villany. Evil pursues sinners, and sometimes overtakes them, when not only at ease, but triumphant. Though wickedness may prosper a while, it will not prosper always. The history of mankind, if truly told, would greatly resemble that of this chapter. The records of what are called splendid events present to us such contests for power. Such scenes, though praised of men, fully explain the Scripture doctrine of the deceitfulness and desperate wickedness of the human heart, the force of men's lust, and the effect of Satan's influence. Lord, thou has given us thy word of truth and righteousness, O pour upon us thy spirit of purity, peace, and love, and write thy holy law in our hearts.
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