Judges 8:17
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New American Standard Bible
He tore down the tower of Penuel and killed the men of the city.

King James Bible
And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.

Darby Bible Translation
And he broke down the tower of Penu'el, and slew the men of the city.

World English Bible
He broke down the tower of Penuel, and killed the men of the city.

Young's Literal Translation
and the tower of Penuel he hath broken down, and slayeth the men of the city.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

The men of the city - Perhaps the rulers; who, it is likely, had possession of the tower or citadel, and so could tyrannize over the people. Gideon killed the great men, and beat down their towers, but did not injure the inhabitants.

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Subjects of Study. Home Education in Israel; Female Education. Elementary Schools, Schoolmasters, and School Arrangements.
If a faithful picture of society in ancient Greece or Rome were to be presented to view, it is not easy to believe that even they who now most oppose the Bible could wish their aims success. For this, at any rate, may be asserted, without fear of gainsaying, that no other religion than that of the Bible has proved competent to control an advanced, or even an advancing, state of civilisation. Every other bound has been successively passed and submerged by the rising tide; how deep only the student
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
Judges 8:9
So he spoke also to the men of Penuel, saying, "When I return safely, I will tear down this tower."

Judges 8:16
He took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and he disciplined the men of Succoth with them.

Judges 8:18
Then he said to Zebah and Zalmunna, "What kind of men were they whom you killed at Tabor?" And they said, "They were like you, each one resembling the son of a king."

1 Kings 12:25
Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and lived there. And he went out from there and built Penuel.

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