English Standard Version
Thus God returned the evil of Abimelech, which he committed against his father in killing his seventy brothers.
King James Bible
Thus God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren:
American Standard Version
Thus God requited the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren;
And God repaid the evil, that Abimelech had done against his father, killing his seventy brethren.
English Revised Version
Thus God requited the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren:
Webster's Bible Translation
Thus God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did to his father, in slaying his seventy brethren:
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
At length the fate predicted by Jotham (Judges 9:20) overtook Abimelech.
He went from Shechem to Thebez, besieged the town, and took it. Thebez, according to the Onom. thirteen miles from Neapolis (Shechem) on the road to Scythopolis (Beisan), has been preserved in the large village of Tubs on the north of Shechem (see Rob. Pal. iii. p. 156, and Bibl. Res. p. 305). This town possessed a strong tower, in which men and women and all the inhabitants of the town took refuge and shut themselves in. But when Abimelech advanced to the tower and drew near to the door to set it on fire, a woman threw a millstone down upon him from the roof of the tower and smashed his skull, whereupon he called hastily to the attendant who carried his weapons to give him his death-blow with his sword, that men might not say of him "a woman slew him." רכב פּלח, the upper millstone which was turned round, lapis vector (see Deuteronomy 24:6). תּריץ: from רצץ, with a toneless i, possibly to distinguish it from ותּרץ (from רוּץ). גּלגּלתּו, an unusual form for גּלגּלתּו, which is found in the edition of Norzi (Mantua, 1742).
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God rendered. Both the fratricide Abimelech and the unprincipled men of Shechem had the iniquity visited upon them of which they had been guilty. Man's judgment may be avoided; but there is no escape from that of God. How many houses have been sown with salt in France, by the just judgment of God, for the massacre of the Protestants on the eve of St. Bartholomew!
And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.
"Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.
that the violence done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood be laid on Abimelech their brother, who killed them, and on the men of Shechem, who strengthened his hands to kill his brothers.
And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, everyone departed to his home.
And God also made all the evil of the men of Shechem return on their heads, and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.
He will bring back on them their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness; the LORD our God will wipe them out.
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