Judges 9:39
New International Version
So Gaal led out the citizens of Shechem and fought Abimelek.

New Living Translation
So Gaal led the leading citizens of Shechem into battle against Abimelech.

English Standard Version
And Gaal went out at the head of the leaders of Shechem and fought with Abimelech.

Berean Study Bible
So Gaal went out before the leaders of Shechem and fought against Abimelech,

King James Bible
And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.

New King James Version
So Gaal went out, leading the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.

New American Standard Bible
So Gaal went out in the sight of the leaders of Shechem and fought Abimelech.

NASB 1995
So Gaal went out before the leaders of Shechem and fought with Abimelech.

NASB 1977
So Gaal went out before the leaders of Shechem and fought with Abimelech.

Amplified Bible
So Gaal went out ahead of the leaders of Shechem and fought with Abimelech.

Christian Standard Bible
So Gaal went out leading the citizens of Shechem and fought against Abimelech,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Gaal went out leading the lords of Shechem and fought against Abimelech,

American Standard Version
And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Gael went out before the Lords of the city and fought with Abimelek

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Gaal went forth before the men of Sychem, and set the battle in array against Abimelech.

Contemporary English Version
Gaal and the leaders of Shechem went out and fought Abimelech.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So Gaal went out in the sight of the people of Sichem, and fought against Abimelech,

English Revised Version
And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.

Good News Translation
Gaal led the men of Shechem out and fought Abimelech.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Gaal led citizens of Shechem out to fight Abimelech.

International Standard Version
So Gaal went out in full view of the "lords" of Shechem and fought Abimelech.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.

Literal Standard Version
And Gaal goes out before the masters of Shechem, and fights against Abimelech,

NET Bible
So Gaal led the leaders of Shechem out and fought Abimelech.

New Heart English Bible
And Gaal went out before the lords of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.

World English Bible
Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.

Young's Literal Translation
And Gaal goeth out before the masters of Shechem, and fighteth against Abimelech,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Fall of Shechem
38“Where is your gloating now?” Zebul replied. “You said, ‘Who is Abimelech that we should serve him?’ Are these not the people you ridiculed? Go out now and fight them!” 39So Gaal went out before the leaders of Shechem and fought against Abimelech, 40but Abimelech pursued him, and Gaal fled before him. And many Shechemites fell wounded all the way to the entrance of the gate.…

Cross References
Judges 9:38
"Where is your gloating now?" Zebul replied. "You said, 'Who is Abimelech that we should serve him?' Are these not the people you ridiculed? Go out now and fight them!"

Judges 9:40
but Abimelech pursued him, and Gaal fled before him. And many Shechemites fell wounded all the way to the entrance of the gate.


Treasury of Scripture

And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.









(39) Before the men of Shechem.--Not merely "in the presence of the Shechemites," as some of the versions understand it, but as leader of the "lords" of Shechem. (Comp. Judges 9:23.)

Verse 39. - Before the men of Shechem, i.e. at their head, as their leader, as the phrase not uncommonly means (Genesis 33:3; Exodus 13:21).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So Gaal
גַ֔עַל (ḡa·‘al)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1603: Gaal -- probably a Canaanite

went out
וַיֵּ֣צֵא (way·yê·ṣê)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

before
לִפְנֵ֖י (lip̄·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 6440: The face

the leaders
בַּעֲלֵ֣י (ba·‘ă·lê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1167: A master, a husband, owner

of Shechem
שְׁכֶ֑ם (šə·ḵem)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 7927: Shechem -- 'ridge', a district in Northern Palestine, also a son of Hamor

and fought
וַיִּלָּ֖חֶם (way·yil·lā·ḥem)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3898: To feed on, to consume, to battle

against Abimelech,
בַּאֲבִימֶֽלֶךְ׃ (ba·’ă·ḇî·me·leḵ)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 40: Abimelech -- 'father is king', a Philistine name, also an Israelite name


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