Judges 9:46
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.

Berean Study Bible
On hearing of this, all the leaders in the tower of Shechem entered the inner chamber of the temple 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Earlier that day, the leaders of the temple of El Berith at Shechem had heard about the attack. So they went into the temple fortress,

Good News Translation
When all the leading men in the fort at Shechem heard about this, they sought safety in the stronghold of the temple of Baal-of-the-Covenant.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And all the men of the tower of Sychem heard, and came to the gathering of Baethel-berith.

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
The Fall of Shechem
45And all that day Abimelech fought against the city until he had captured it and killed its people. Then he demolished the city and sowed it with salt. 46On hearing of this, all the leaders in the tower of Shechem entered the inner chamber of the temple of El-berith. 47And when it was reported to Abimelech that all the leaders in the tower of Shechem were gathered there,…
Cross References
Judges 8:33
And as soon as Gideon was dead, the Israelites turned and prostituted themselves with the Baals, and they set up Baal-berith as their god.

Judges 9:27
And after they had gone out into the fields, gathered grapes from their vineyards, and trodden them, they held a festival and went into the house of their god; and as they ate and drank, they cursed Abimelech.

Judges 9:47
And when it was reported to Abimelech that all the leaders in the tower of Shechem were gathered there,

Treasury of Scripture

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

an hold

Judges 9:4,27
And they gave him threescore and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Baalberith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light persons, which followed him…

Judges 8:33
And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.

1 Kings 8:26
And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.







Lexicon
On hearing of this,
וַֽיִּשְׁמְע֔וּ (way·yiš·mə·‘ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

all
כָּֽל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

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

in the tower
מִֽגְדַּל־ (miḡ·dal-)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4026: A tower, a rostrum, a, bed of flowers

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

entered
וַיָּבֹ֣אוּ (way·yā·ḇō·’ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

the inner chamber
צְרִ֔יחַ (ṣə·rî·aḥ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6877: Perhaps excavation, underground chamber

of the temple
בֵּ֖ית (bêṯ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

of El-berith.
בְּרִֽית׃ (bə·rîṯ)
Noun - proper
Strong's Hebrew 1286: A Shechemite deity
(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 Cyrenaens 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. 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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