Judges 9:52
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.

Berean Study Bible
When Abimelech came to attack the tower, he approached its entrance to set it on 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.

New King James Version
So Abimelech came as far as the tower and fought against it; and he drew near 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 down with fire.

NASB 1995
So Abimelech came to the tower and fought against it, and approached the entrance of the tower to burn it with fire.

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

Amplified Bible
So Abimelech came to the tower and fought against it, and approached the entrance of the tower to burn it down with fire.

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Abimelek arrived unto the tower and fought against it and he came unto the gate of the tower to burn it in fire

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Abimelech drew near to the tower, and they besieged it; and Abimelech drew near to the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

Contemporary English Version
Abimelech and his army rushed to the fortress and tried to force their way inside. Abimelech himself was about to set the heavy wooden doors on fire,

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

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.

Good News Translation
When Abimelech came to attack the tower, he went up to the door to set the tower on 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.

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

Literal Standard Version
And Abimelech comes to the tower, and fights against it, and draws near to the opening of the tower to burn it with fire,

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.

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Abimelech's Punishment
51But there was a strong tower inside the city, and all the men, women, and leaders of the city fled there. They locked themselves in and went up to the roof of the tower. 52When Abimelech came to attack the tower, he approached its entrance to set it on fire. 53But a woman dropped an upper millstone on Abimelech’s head, crushing his skull.…

Cross References
Judges 9:51
But there was a strong tower inside the city, and all the men, women, and leaders of the city fled there. They locked themselves in and went up to the roof of the tower.

Judges 9:53
But a woman dropped an upper millstone on Abimelech's head, crushing his skull.


Treasury of Scripture

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

Judges 9:48,49
And Abimelech gat him up to mount Zalmon, he and all the people that were with him; and Abimelech took an axe in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it, and laid it on his shoulder, and said unto the people that were with him, What ye have seen me do, make haste, and do as I have done

2 Kings 14:10
Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?

2 Kings 15:16
Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him, therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were with child he ripped up.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
When Abimelech
אֲבִימֶ֙לֶךְ֙ (’ă·ḇî·me·leḵ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 40: Abimelech -- 'father is king', a Philistine name, also an Israelite name

came
וַיָּבֹ֤א (way·yā·ḇō)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

attack
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

the tower,
הַמִּגְדָּ֔ל (ham·miḡ·dāl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4026: A tower, a rostrum, a, bed of flowers

he approached
וַיִּגַּ֛שׁ (way·yig·gaš)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5066: To draw near, approach

its
הַמִּגְדָּ֖ל (ham·miḡ·dāl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4026: A tower, a rostrum, a, bed of flowers

entrance
פֶּ֥תַח (pe·ṯaḥ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6607: An opening, door, entrance way

to set it on fire.
לְשָׂרְפ֥וֹ (lə·śā·rə·p̄ōw)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 8313: To be, on fire


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